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The Global Down Syndrome Foundation awards more than $76,000 in educational grants to eleven Down syndrome organizations in the United States and abroad

GLOBAL grants will fund important research, medical and health awareness programs to help more than 3,500 professionals, families and self-advocates

Share Down Syndrome in Arizona

A group photo of Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona, a 2022 GLOBAL Education Grant recipient organization that will facilitate a study on cycling and fine motor skills at Arizona State University and a meeting between adults with Down syndrome and medical students and Mayo Clinic professionals

Coastal Downing Up Syndrome

A photo of Coastal Bringing Up Down Syndrome, a 202 GLOBAL Education Grant recipient organization that will work with a local college to run five-day swim camps for people with Down syndrome

A photo of Coastal Bringing Up Down Syndrome, a 202 GLOBAL Education Grant recipient organization that will work with a local college to run five-day swim camps for people with Down syndrome

Denver, CO, Jul 05 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) awarded more than $76,000 in educational grants to Down Syndrome organizations in the United States and abroad. Since the inception of the GLOBAL Membership Program in 2012, over $1 million for 235 grants – education, employment, and COVID – have been awarded to GLOBAL member organizations.

This year’s scholarships will fund eleven programs in Albania, Arizona, California, Delaware, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. Programs will focus on providing adult medical care, mental health, research and medical awareness, health and wellness programs and more. More than 3,500 professionals, family members and self-advocates will directly benefit.

“We are so inspired by the incredible organizations with Down syndrome we serve and the impactful programs they bring to their communities,” said Michelle Sie Whitten, President and CEO of GLOBAL. “Our member organizations are on the front lines of providing life-changing programs and services to their families every day. We are proud to contribute as a national partner.

The 2022 GLOBAL Education Grant recipients and their funded programs are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Buddy Up for Life, Inc. (New Albany, OH): “Buddy Up Fitness” will host eight high-intensity interval training sessions for people with Down syndrome four times a year.

  2. Coastal Bringing Up Down Syndrome (Wilmington, NC): “iCan Swim Camp (Brunswick County)” will work with a local college to run five-day swim camps to improve balance, coordination, fitness activity, general fitness and safety in the water.

  3. Albanian Down Syndrome Foundation (Tirana, Albania): “Reach for Health-Support for Adults with Down Syndrome” will support medical care for adults with Down Syndrome and organize three meetings to educate the community on global adult guidelines .

  4. Down Syndrome Association for Families (Lincoln, NE): “High Intensity Functional Training (HIFT)” will lead a 50-week series of CrossFit sessions for 30 people with Down syndrome.

  5. Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (Austin, TX): “DSACT Medical Outreach” will facilitate a multi-pronged medical outreach program in partnership with UT Austin Dell Medical School to provide Down syndrome-specific training for healthcare professionals .

  6. Down Syndrome Association of Delaware (Middleton, DE): “Behavior Workshop with Dr. Lina Patel” will offer a behavior workshop offered to parents and caregivers in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Interest Group of Pennsylvania.

  7. Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (Brentwood, MO): “Down Syndrome and Dementia: Awareness, Support and Education” will provide support and education about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to the community over six sessions .

  8. Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Ohio (Independence, OH): “DSANEO Community of Care Medical Outreach for All Ages and Stages” will offer four webinars for parents and six presentations for healthcare professionals and students about Down syndrome, research and medical care resources.

  9. Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin – Fox Cities (Appleton, WI): DSAW-Fox Cities Health & Wellness Programs will pilot two new programs, including a cooking class focused on health and safety and a fitness class focused on stretching, hydration and proper technique.

  10. Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (Danville, CA): The Mental Health & Wellness Alliance will fund the expansion of an existing program dedicated to training and supporting mental health professionals working with patients with Down Syndrome. Down and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  11. Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona (Gilbert, AZ): The Sharing Down Syndrome Community Ambassador Program facilitates a study on cycling and fine motor skills at Arizona State University and a meeting between adults with Down syndrome and medical students and professionals from the Mayo Clinic.

“We are thrilled to highlight the importance of research as a benefit for people with Down syndrome in our community,” said Gina Johnson, director and founder of Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona. “We are grateful for GLOBAL’s educational grant program, which helps people with Down syndrome in Arizona and around the world.”

To learn more about GLOBAL Membership Grants, visit https://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/global-grants/

To learn more about individual and organizational GLOBAL memberships, visit https://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/global-membership/

To learn more about the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.org

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About the World Down Syndrome Foundation

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States working to save lives and dramatically improve health outcomes for people with Down syndrome. GLOBAL has donated more than $32 million to create the first Down Syndrome Research Institute that supports more than 400 scientists and more than 2,200 Down Syndrome patients in 33 states and 10 countries. Working closely with Congress and the National Institutes of Health, GLOBAL is the leading advocacy organization in the United States for Down syndrome research and care. GLOBAL has over 120 organizations with Down syndrome worldwide and is part of a network of affiliates – the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the Sie Center for Down Syndrome and the University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center – all on the Anschutz Medical Campus .

GLOBAL’s widely distributed medical publications include Global guidelines for medical care for adults with Down syndrome, Prenatal Screening and Down Syndrome Informationand the award-winning magazine Down Syndrome World MT. GLOBAL also hosts the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, the largest fundraiser for Down syndrome in the world. Visit globaldownsyndrome.org and follow us on social media (Facebook & Twitter: @GDSFoundation, Instagram: @globaldownsyndrome).

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CONTACT: Anca Call Global Down Syndrome Foundation (720) 320-3832 [email protected]