We are firm believers in the mantra “Education is Power”
Continuing to learn and educate ourselves and our community is a powerful thing!
One of our partners, West Virginia Birth to Three has a Webinar series that is open to families.  They love it when families participate. This interaction with Providers and Practitioners is very valuable.
We are sharing the links for the October and November Webinar series so you can park you calendars now.



The Teal Pumpkin Project

Shared from THE MIGHTY.COM 

Not all children can enjoy the spoils of trick-or-treating care-free.

For children with food allergies, restrictions or sensitivities, Halloween may mean lots of frustration and disappointment. For the parents of children with food allergies it can be a stressful time where they’re forced to deny their children treat after treat to protect them.

That’s why the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) launched a national campaign in 2014 called the Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season by asking participants to offer fun, non-food alternatives for children with food allergies.

Photo via FARE

Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, which translates to 1 in every 13 children, according to FARE. Reactions from food allergies can range from something as mild as an itchy mouth to something as serious and potentially deadly as anaphylaxis, where blood circulation and breathing are restricted.

To take part in the initiative, sign the online pledge and paint your holiday pumpkin teal. This indicates to others that you offer allergen-friendly, non-edible treats at your home, such as stickers and small toys.

The Teal Pumpkin Project hopes to reach 100,000 participating households in this Halloween.

Check out some photos below from the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject.

Read more: http://themighty.com/2015/10/teal-pumpkins-are-making-halloween-safer-for-many-children/#ixzz3o4F1ioMM

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month! – Educational Material Available

irst and foremost, We want to thank everyone who came out to Support Beckley Buddy Walk 3  this past Saturday.  Our goal was to make a wonderful event for our families and I think we did that in spite of the weather.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  Education and awareness is our main goal. 

With this in mind we have Educational information available to schools and teachers at no cost. These include lesson plans developed by NDSS for Elementary and Middle schools – They can be easily used for High Schools as well.   If you are a teacher, school administrator, parent or advocate ,  contact us and we would be thrilled to send you this information!   Email us at Down21wv@gmail.com  with your name, school and address.   Also how many copies you would need. or simply fill out the form below..

Celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness month!

Not even a Hurricane can stop our Buddy Walk!

Hurricane Joaquin is heading up the coast bringing a lot of rain to Southern West Virginia for Saturday.
Considering our families and friends that are planning to attend we decided to take our event indoors!

We are incredibly grateful to Pastor Vondie and his staff at Crosspoint Church in Beckley for allowing us to move our event to their beautiful Church and Gym!  We are going on as planned!  Tell your friends and family!

Crosspoint Church 110 Crescent Rd, Beckley, WV 25801

All other details for the walk will remain the same.

Registration –8- 9:00 am

Be sure your Buddy checks in at the Buddy table to get their Buddy Gift.
We will have many community organizations joining us, as well as raffles, snacks and the Buddy Store.

Family Fun Area – 9 am – 11:30
Music provided by Big Ugly Dave Willis/ My 105.9 WTNJ
Activities and more provided by/Scheduled to attend:
Edsel the Clown
Concord University  
Strider Bike
University of Charleston
New River Community and Technical college
Jan Care
Beckley Fire Department
Southern Regional highway Safety program
Kiwanis – Face painting

Opening Ceremony – 10:00AM

The WALK – 10:15 Walk Leaders: Harrison Broadnax and Chase Mullins

Keep in the loop with up to the minute information  facebook.com/beckleybuddywalk

and on Twitter @beckleybuddywlk

Beckley Buddy Walk 3

We have been very hard at work pulling together Beckley Buddy Walk 3!
This year is proving to be very exciting! We are getting close to some very important deadlines.

If you are planning to be with us for the walk and would like to pre-order your t-shirts you need to let us know your sizes as soon as possible.

If you would like to be a sponsor – our deadline for sponsorships is September 15th.

We have an INCREDIBLE gift for all of our Buddies!

Let us know if you are planning to be with us on this amazing day!
10/3 New River Park, in Beckley

Quick link for registration /Sponsorships here: http://www.ds-stride.org/beckleybuddywalk

Or by email here : down21wv@gmail.com


Bring the entire Family! Everyone is welcome!

Sensory showing July 11th  @ 11am
The Galleria 14 in Beckley and “Down with That” – The Down Syndrome Family Support Group of Southern West Virginia invite families affected by Down Syndrome, Autism, and ALL other challenges to enjoy MINIONS  in a safe and accepting environment with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program. Saturday July 11th  at 11:00 AM .

Matinee pricing applies. Headphones and apparatus accommodations available upon request.

In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing along- unless the safety of the audience is questioned. All ages welcome!
Come early for fun before the movie!


Down Syndrome Awareness and Support


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