Gifts From the Heart For Downs grants wishes to individuals over the age of 16 with Down Syndrome, but will consider needs of those under the age of 16 on a case by case basis. Wishes granted may include: A special trip including a theme park, beach vacation, city destination or special experience. To meet a special person, this may include a favorite television or movie star, recording artist, or sports figure. A special event: including sporting events, concerts, awards shows or television/movie tapings. A special gift or need: this may include a shopping spree, a bedroom redecorating, a playground set, a computer, television, tricycle or stroller. (Monetary requests are only paid to the creditor and not an individual.)
Best Buddies® offers participants socialization and leadership opportunities, as well as job coaching, thereby providing the necessary tools for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to become more independent and more included in the community.Along with their website they also have a Facebook page: Best Buddies
Saturday Explorers in a ‘traveling playgroup’ for children with Down Syndrome and their families. They meet the first Saturday of every month. Activities and location changes every month, so to get current information check out their webpage.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently update (11/15) their a special guide to help parents and families of children with Down syndrome. This document focuses on medical topics that affect physical health. Other issues can affect social and school success. While these issues may not require doctors or other medical resources, they are still important issues for children with Down syndrome.
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Multiple resources on website.
In 1997, as part of a community-wide celebration to honor member Annie Forts, the Moultonboro Lions Club decided to help Ann realize her dream to start a new fund to assist and encourage young people with Down Syndrome. Scholarship and Enrichment Program applications are available on their website.
The New Hampshire Down Syndrome Association (formerly named the Northern New England Down Syndrome Congress) supports parents and families and acts as a constant resource for information. Connect to other families having children with Down Syndrome and activities throughout the state.