Kung Fu Panda 3

Hope you have had a Great 2016 so far!
We are kicking off this year with our FIRST Sensory Friendly Family Films program with Kung Fu Panda 3 – Hope to see you there!
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PLAN TO JOIN US!
Bring the entire Family! Everyone is welcome!

Sensory showing January 30th  @ 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  KUNG FU PANDA 3 in a safe and accepting environment with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program. January 30th  @ 11am .

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!

This is an EVENT MOVIE.
We will be setting up in the lobby of the Galleria 14 with chances for you to play games win and more with local businesses!

Marquee Cinemas, McDonald’s of Beckley and 103CIR

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/995571710514328/

Second Annual Sensitive Santa Pictures

This is the Second Annual Sensitive Santa Pictures event at The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia!  December 12th from 2-4PM  the cost is $5. per person.  We hope you will join us in the family friendly environment to promote inclusion and offer the opportunity for all kids to visit with Santa.   This event is open to the public.  Please feel free to share with teachers and Friends who might enjoy this event with us!
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Sensory Friendly Films Program – PEANUTS – 11/7

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PLAN TO JOIN US!
Bring the entire Family! Everyone is welcome! Sensory showing November 7th  @ 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  The Peanuts Movie in a safe and accepting environment with the
“Sensory Friendly Films” program. November 7th  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!

This is an EVENT MOVIE.  We will be setting up in the lobby of the Galleria 14 with chances for you to play games win and more with local businesses!  Plus register to win a special basket just during the sensory showing!

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October/ November events

Hope you are enjoying the fall harvest season!
We have a couple things on our calendar for October and we wanted to make sure we were on yours!

October 23rd is the Great Pumpkin Party at Okes Family Farm. We are hoping to get a good head county for the Hotdogs and S’mores, If you plan on joining us, Please call or Text Andrea: 304-415-1399 or Annette: 304-222-2291 or Email us at down21wv@gmail.com 
 
October 28th ,  WV IDD/Waiver public forums  Beckley Raleigh county convention center.  See Below for details

October 31st.  Youth Museum Tailgate Halloween = 11-1 Uptown Beckley. $1. per child.  See you there!

November 7th  Sensory Showing:  Peanuts  11AM  Details to Come

November 16th  Jump Zone! – check your Buddy Bag for Information.
Need info?   Contact us!
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Remember: Halloween can be a real struggle

For Parents – Friends- Families and those who are just finding us.
WELCOME!
October is Down Syndrome awareness month.
We consider our kids, family members amazing in every way.  But although they are “More Alike than Different.”  We still can face our challenges.   So as we roam and attend events please be understanding . Things don’t always go the way we planned – or the way you’d expect.   I do not have a source for this list. but it pretty much nails it!
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Happy Halloween!

Webinars

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.

http://www.wvdhhr.org/birth23/btt_webinar_series_october2015.asp

http://www.wvdhhr.org/birth23/btt_webinar_series_november2015.asp

The Teal Pumpkin Project

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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

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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!

Down Syndrome Awareness and Support

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