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.
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.
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.
First 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 informationavailable 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..
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!
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 Unicare New River Community and Technical college Jan Care Beckley Fire Department Southern Regional highway Safety program Suddenlink Ghostbusters Kiwanis – Face painting Wal-mart
Opening Ceremony – 10:00AM
The WALK – 10:15 Walk Leaders: Harrison Broadnax and Chase Mullins
PLAN TO JOIN US! 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!