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October 2018

2018 Educators Symposium

October 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Charlotte Connections, 435 South Tryon Street, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28202 United States
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SUPPORTING LEARNERS WITH DOWN SYNDROME: CLASSROOM STRATEGIES & DESIGNING QUALITY IEPS Professional Development for Paraprofessionals and Educators CONNECTIONS CHARLOTTE 435 South Tryon Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202 SCHEDULE 8:00 a.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks 8:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed. 10:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions 11:30 a.m. Lunch (Provided) 12:30 p.m. - Breakout Session 2:15 p.m. - Breakout Session 3:45 p.m. - Closing Remarks COST General Pricing (August 15 – October 5)  $75.00 Day-of-Event (cash, check or credit) …

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2018 Family Workshop

October 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Connections, 435 South Tryon Street, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28202 United States
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SPECIAL EDUCATION SUCCESS WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS: THIS CAN BE YOUR CHILD’S BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER! PRESENTED BY Catherine Whitcher www.catherinewhitcher.com CONNECTIONS CHARLOTTE 435 South Tryon Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202 SCHEDULE 7:00 p.m – 7:15 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 7:15 p.m – 8:15 p.m. Presentation 8:15 p.m – 8:30 p.m. Q&A COST Free of charge. Space is limited. Registration is required. SESSION DESCRIPTION • Bring Your Child’s IEP • Learn what should and should not be in your child’s IEP • Learn…

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2018 Buddy Walk

October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
J Richardson Stadium UNCC

About the Buddy Walk The Buddy Walk is a 1-mile walk and family fun day to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and promote community inclusion. This year, an estimated 3,000 people will join together to celebrate in the Greater Charlotte area! This event is the largest fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte, and makes possible the many programs and services provided for people with Down syndrome, their families, educators and service providers. Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00…

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November 2018

Dinner & Bingo Night: DSAGC Adult Meet-Up (Ages 18+)

November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope Community Church, 4418 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC United States
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Join us for Dinner and Bingo Night! Our DSAGC Adult Meet-Up group will be partnering with the Extra Special Catering Company (a subsidiary of the Skills Group of Charlotte). DINNER will be served Buffet-Style and will include: Chicken Tiki Marsala, rice, salad, desert, drinks (entrée is gluten and dairy free ). COST (Optional): A donation of $14 per person is requested. (Cash only please.) Please RSVP (CoachPatH@aol.com) as soon as possible, with the number of people in your family and/or group that…

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December 2018

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte Member Holiday Party

December 1, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sheraton Charlotte, 55 South McDowell Street, South Tower
Charlotte, United States
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Join us for breakfast with Santa! Free to all DSA of Greater Charlotte families!  

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Snowflake Swing: A Dance for Grades 6 & Up

December 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270 United States
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Are you in 6th grade and up? You're invited to the 2018 Snowflake Swing! Dance the night away with Best Buddies North Carolina, The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte and The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte on December 8th! Come enjoy an evening of fantastic music, food (dinner) & fun! It’s FREE!!! We are so excited to bring our organizations together for the Snowflake Swing!! Parents and faculty are invited to stay and hang out in our V.I.P. (Very Important…

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Charlotte Ballet – The Nutcracker (Sensory-Friendly Performance)

December 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Belk Theatre, 130 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 United States
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$15.00

This year Charlotte Ballet’s sensory friendly version of the Nutcracker will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 1 PM at the Belk Theater. In addition to allowing audiences to sit wherever they choose during the performances (even on the floor or in front of the stage) the following help create a sensory friendly experience: - Abbreviated performance length (one hour total run time) and extended intermission (30 minutes) - House lights remain at half-brightness and sound is controlled through…

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Adult Meet-Up (ages 18+): Dinner and Christmas Karaoke

December 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Hope Community Chirch, 4418 Rea Road
Charlotte, North Carolina
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It's time for a great meal and Christmas Karaoke! Adults with Ds or other developmental disabilities, ages 18+, are invited to attend. Friends or other folks who may support the adults are invited, as well. Our meeting will be held at Hope Community Church again. We will be in the Fellowship Hall in the main building - not where we were last month.  MENU ENTREE A) Meatballs with Marinara Sauce and a choice of homemade pasta or gluten and dairy…

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January 2019

Charlotte Checkers Family Outing

January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Boulevard
Charlotte, 28205 United States
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$16.00

Join us for an afternoon of hockey with our very own Charlotte Checkers.
The puck drops at 1pm against the Toronto Marlies.

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February 2019

Adults with Ds (Ages18+) Meet-Up (Karaoke + Dinner)

February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope Community Church, 4418 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC United States
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$14

Bring your friends for a evening of Karaoke and Dinner. RSVP to coachpath@aol.com  and extraspecialcatering@gmail.com

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Dream on 3 Day Dream: Steve Smith Family Foundation Bowling Event

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Free

Dream on 3 has invited some of our families to participate in a Day of Dreams on February 23rd. See below for details. Space is limited so email me DIRECTLY at hzipperer@dsa-gc.org if you are interested. I'll draw family names from the list of interested families next Monday, February 18th. Note that families selected for this event will be contacted directly by Dream on 3 the week of February 18th with more details. What: Steve Smith Foundation 6th Annual Strike…

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March 2019

FREE: Family Presentation featuring Kayla McKeon, Self-Advocate (NDSS)

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Carolinas Healthcare System – NE, 200 Medical Park Drive
Concord, North Carolina
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We are excited to have Kayla McKeon speak with our families and self-advocates! Kayla is a self-advocate and manager of Grass Roots Advocacy with the National Down Syndrome Society RSVP REQUIRED

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Adults with Ds Meet-Up – Ages 18+ (Bingo & Dinner)

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope Community Church, 4418 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC United States
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$14.00

Bring your friends and enjoy dinner and bingo night! RSVP to coachpath@aol.com  and extraspecialcatering@gmail.com

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Charlotte Hornets – NonProfit of the Night Event

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Spectrum Center, 333 E Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
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We are teaming up with the Charlotte Hornets this season to host a fundraiser, and are very excited to be recognized as the Non-Profit of the Night on March, 19th vs the Philadelphia 76ers! The fundraiser will give $5 back from each ticket sold *only through this Groupmatics link* to DSA of Greater Charlotte. In addition to this, we will also have a special VIP "Behind the Scenes" experience available to us! This experience will allow us to watch pre-game…

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“Crazy Sock Hop” : World Down Syndrome Day Celebration

March 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Davidson Day School, 750 Jetton Street
Davidson, North Carolina
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Free

Along with Invites You to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day! "Crazy Sock Hop" World Down Syndrome Day Celebration is a family-friendly festival open to the community provided by a partnership between Davidson Day School, KennedyStrong Foundation, Gigi's Playhouse Charlotte and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte. Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2019 Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm Location: Davidson Day School, 750 Jetton Street, Davidson, NC Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

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3-2-1 Dash for Down Syndrome 5K & World Down Syndrome Day Celebration

March 23 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Blakeney Professional Center, 8835 Blakeney Professional Center Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28277 United States
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INVITE YOUR CHILD'S CLASS/SCHOOL TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT! IT IS EASY! Dash-With-Class "How To" Guide Dash with Class Letter 5K & World Down Syndrome Day The 3-2-1 DASH for Down Syndrome is a 5K fundraiser; run an extra .11 mile to the 2nd finish line for a 3.21 finish! Event proceeds benefit Education Programs for individuals with Down syndrome (Ds). Educational programs in the greater Charlotte area are helping to support educators and enable students with Ds to live up…

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April 2019

Family Workshop: Special Education Help for Special Needs Parents

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

For the past 22 years, Catherine has been designing IEPs that WORK for parents, teachers, districts and students! Join us for two 2-hour workshops with Catherine Whitcher, founder of the Online IEP Help Center & Become an IEP Coach Mentorship. For more information visit www.catherinewhitcher.com. CHILD CARE IS NOW FULL. There are no spots available as of 4/19/19. REGISTER BELOW. Bring Your Child's IEP Learn What Should be in Your Child's Education Plan Learn What Should NOT be in Your…

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May 2019

2019 DSA of Greater Charlotte Golf Tournament

May 10
The Divide Golf Club, 6803 Stevens Mill Road
Matthews, NC 28104 United States
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In July of 2004, Nicholas G. Kwiatkowski gained his angel wings. In celebration of his life, and the lives of all children with Down syndrome who have gone before us, the net proceeds from this golf tournament will go to the DSA of Greater Charlotte Summer Camps and other programs.

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Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Ds

May 17 @ 4:30 pm - May 19 @ 2:00 pm
Camp Thunderbird, 1 Thunderbird Lane
Lake Wylie, SC 29710 United States
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All adults with Down syndrome, ages 18+, are welcome to join us at Camp Thunderbird for our first Independent Living Retreat. We welcome other adults with intellectual disabilities to join us if space allows. In addition to canoeing, hiking, fishing, campfire and s'mores, we will focus on increasing self-confidence and independence through individual, small group and large actvities and vocational projects.

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June 2019

“The R-Word” Film Screening

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University City United Methodist Church, 3835 West W. T. Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28269 United States
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Free

WORDS MATTER. ATTITUDES MATTER. WE MATTER. Filmmaker Amanda Lukoff grew up advocating for her sister Gabrielle, especially whenever she heard the word retard(ed). With The R-Word, she unravels the history and lasting effects of this word through the lens of the sibling experience, captivating animation sequences, and self-advocates speaking truth-to-power - ultimately making the case for why the conversation surrounding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities needs to change. Join us on Tuesday, June 11th for a FREE screening of "The…

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Camp Holiday – Session 1

June 17 @ 9:00 am - June 28 @ 4:00 pm
Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270 United States
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$350.00

Camp Holiday is a day camp for campers with Down syndrome, ages 5-21. Participants may choose from two two-week sessions. Participating campers enjoy weekly yoga, drama and music/movement classes facilitated by trained professionals. Each group of campers is supported by a certified teacher and 1-2 camp counselors – offering a 1:3 counselor-to-camper ratio. Camp Holiday is all about learning and fun! Session 1: Monday, June 17th - Friday, June 21st and Monday, June 24th - Friday, June 28th. NEW IN 2019:…

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Summer Swing Dance (Ages 14+)

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte, First Methodist Church, 501 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, North 28202
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Free

This event is cosponsored by The Exceptional Foundation, Best Buddies of North Carolina and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte. Dance the night away at the Summer Swing! Enjoy an evening of fantastic music, refreshments & fun! The event will also feature a V.I.P (Very Important Parent) lounge. RSVP required. EVENT IS FREE! Free parking: 163 W. 9th Street, signs overhead as you enter the parking deck should say 525 North Tryon, United Methodist Church. Take the parking deck…

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July 2019

Camp Holiday – Session 2

July 15 @ 9:00 am - July 26 @ 4:00 pm
Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270 United States
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$350.00

Camp Holiday is a day camp for campers with Down syndrome, ages 5-21. Participants may choose from two two-week sessions. Participating campers enjoy weekly yoga, drama and music/movement classes facilitated by trained professionals. Each group of campers is supported by a certified teacher and 1-2 camp counselors – offering a 1:3 counselor-to-camper ratio. Camp Holiday is all about learning and fun! Session 2: Monday, July 15th - Friday, July 19th and Monday, July 22nd - Friday, July 26th. NEW IN 2019:…

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Moms Morning Out (July 29, July 31, August 2 – 9am-12pm)

July 29 @ 12:00 am - August 2 @ 12:00 am
Elevation Church – Blakeney, 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277 United States
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Elevation Church is sponsoring THREE Moms Mornings Out the week of July 29th - August 2nd for kids in grades K-5. July 29, 9am-12pm July 31, 9am-12pm August 2, 9am-12pm These are FREE, but space is limited to 20 kids per day. For more details and to RSVP visit: https://dsagreatercharlotte.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=517

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August 2019

Super Summer Carnival

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
SMS Catering, 1764 Norland Road
Charlotte, NC 28205 United States
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Join us for a SUPER SUMMER CARNIVAL! Sponsored by Elevation Church Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 11am-1pm SMS Catering, 1764 Norland Road, Charlotte, NC 28205 FREE! RSVPs recommended so we can plan accordingly!

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Camp Horizon

August 14 - August 17
YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge, 7901 South NC 18
Boomer, NC 28606 United States
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For more details visit our Camp Horizon website. Registrations after May 24th pay $230.00 per camper. Registration closes July 1st, 2019.

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September 2019

Fall Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Down syndrome

September 6 @ 5:00 pm - September 8 @ 3:00 pm
Camp Thunderbird, 1 Thunderbird Lane
Lake Wylie, SC 29710 United States
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$250.00

Our 2nd Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Down syndrome will be held September 6-8, 2019 at Camp Thunderbird! These weekend retreats are a way for adults with Down syndrome to connect with others, develop "soft skills" (aka problem solving, perseverance, teamwork, communication, focus, etc.) that equip them to be effective employees in the world of work and beyond. A mix of whole-group, small-group and individual activities are embedded throughout the weekend. A focus on life skills (hygiene, activities of…

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Adults with Ds Meet-Up Group: Dinner + Bingo

September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope Community Church, 4418 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC United States
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$14.00

Join us for dinner and Bingo! $14.00 per person included dinner (menu forthcoming). After dinner we will play  BINGO  for great prizes! Please respond by 7 pm on Monday, 9/9, with the total number in your party so we can get the count for the ordering of food. Please respond to: extraspecialcatering@gmail.com Remember everyone in invited, family, friends, classmates, work colleagues etc .

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FREE! Transition Workshop Series: Session 1 – Planning for Two Lifetimes (North Charlotte)

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
University City United Methodist Church, 3835 West W. T. Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28269 United States
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Free

Join A Special Needs Plan, INC. as they host a three-part seminar series for families of children with disabilities. Topics include: 9/14/19 - Planning for Two Lifetimes 10/12/19 - Overview of the ABLE Account 11/16/19 - Transition to Adulthood: Ages 17-21 RSVP for one or more of these three workshops starting August 19th. Stay tuned!

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FREE! Transition Workshops Series: Session 1 – Planning for Two Lifetimes (South Charlotte)

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
GiGi’s Playhouse Charlotte

Join A Special Needs Plan, INC. as they host a three-part seminar series for families of children with disabilities. Topics include: 9/18/19 - Planning for Two Lifetimes 10/16/19 - Overview of the ABLE Account 11/13/19 - Transition to Adulthood: Ages 17-21 RSVP for one or more of these three workshops beginning August 19th. Stay tuned!

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First Call Parent Mentor Training

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
University City United Methodist Church, 3835 West W. T. Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28269 United States
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Free

NEW DATE: September 21, 2019 For new and expectant parents, any opportunity to connect with other parents who have had similar experiences can be invaluable. DSA of Greater Charlotte will hold a training event for parents interested in becoming mentors to families that have recently received a diagnosis. Prospective parent mentors should have a child with Down syndrome under the age of 8. However, all interested families are invited to attend. This training is for parents to become certified in…

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Vocational Workshop Series for Adults w/Ds: Session 1 (Teamwork & Networking)

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28209 United States
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$20.00

This series of three 90-minute workshops will focus on empowering adults with Down syndrome & Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to become contributing members of their communities and workplaces. When: Wednesdays, 1x/month (September - November) Location: Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm Cost: $20 per session NOTE: This series of workshops is developed so that each workshop can stand alone, but the series is most impactful when all three workshops are taken together. Wednesday, September 25,…

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2019 Educators Symposium

September 27 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
435 South Tryon Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202, 301 S. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 United States
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$75.00

This annual symposium, a part of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte’s Together in Education program, is open to all school staff, including General Education, EC, and Enrichment teachers,as well as therapists, psychologists and paraprofessionals. Private, charter and home school staff are also welcome.   Schedule 8:00am Registration 8:30am Opening Remarks 9:00am Keynote Address 9:45am BREAK 10:00am Breakout Session 1 11:30am Lunch 12:30pm Breakout Session 2 2:00pm BREAK 2:15pm Breakout Session 3 3:45pm Closing Remarks   Speakers will include:…

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Top 5 Issues and Concerns During Puberty: A Parent’s Puberty Primer

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GiGi’s Playhouse Charlotte
Free

This family workshop, sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte, will feature Terri Couwenhoven, MS, AASECT Sexuality Educator.   Terri Couwenhoven MS, CSE is a well known sex educator and author, specializing in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with cognitive disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them. Her gentle, matter-of-fact approach combined with extensive knowledge and experience make her a popular speaker with self advocates, parents and professionals around the…

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October 2019

Adults with Ds Meet-Up Group: Dinner + Motown Karaoke

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope Community Church, 4418 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC United States
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$14.00

Join us for dinner and Motown Karaoke The menu will be an Oktoberfest theme ($14/per person): Pork Schnitzel German Potato Salad Braised Red Cabbage Pretzels Apple Strudel Need your RSVPs (including # of people in your party) by Monday, October 7, 2019, including any karaoke song you want to sing. Please RSVP to both extraspecialcatering@gmail.com and coachpath@aol.com Remember everyone in invited, family, friends, classmates, work colleagues etc .

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FREE! Transition Workshop Series – Session 2: Overview of the ABLE Account (North Charlotte)

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
University City United Methodist Church, 3835 West W. T. Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28269 United States
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Free

Join A Special Needs Plan, INC. as they host a three-part seminar series for families of children with disabilities. Topics include: 9/14/19 - Planning for Two Lifetimes 10/12/19 - Overview of the ABLE Account 11/16/19 - Transition to Adulthood: Ages 17-21 RSVP for one or more of these three workshops starting August 19th.  

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FREE! Transition Workshops Series: Session 2 – Overview of the ABLE Account (South Charlotte)

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
GiGi’s Playhouse Charlotte

Join A Special Needs Plan, INC. as they host a three-part seminar series for families of children with disabilities. Topics include: 9/18/19 - Planning for Two Lifetimes 10/16/19 - Overview of the ABLE Account 11/13/19 - Transition to Adulthood: Ages 17-21 RSVP for one or more of these three workshops beginning August 19th. Stay tuned!

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2019 Greater Charlotte Buddy Walk

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
J Richardson Stadium UNCC
Free

Join us on October 19, 2019! Register, Donate, Sponsor Now www.BuddyWalkCharlotte.org The 22nd Annual Greater Charlotte Buddy Walk will be held on Saturday, October 19th at the Jerry Richardson Football Stadium at UNC Charlotte. Sponsorship Opportunities are available for our 2019 Buddy Walk! Local businesses gain great exposure and support our programs and services when they sponsor our event! Check out Sponsorship Opportunities, including our “Buddy World” Activities Area Sponsor, In-Walk Entertainment Sponsor, T-Shirt Sponsor and Marketing & Advertising Sponsor! The…

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