#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
We provide the
community with hundreds of opportunities to interact with individuals
with Down syndrome through work, community and educational scholarships,
giving them a better idea of what all of us can do when we work
together. In 2015, we awarded over $70,000 in scholarships and in 2016, we awarded over $120,000 in scholarships! We have given almost $400,000 in
JUST SCHOLARSHIPS (not other programming...and we do SO MUCH MORE)
since we started in 2010. Isn't that amazing?!
Enjoy some pictures from this year...and keep reading below for more information about programs provided by The FOUNDATION!
The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida exists not only to support and help families and individuals with Down syndrome, but also to help the community experience and appreciate the gifts our members bring their peers, friends and neighbors. Here are just a few programs that make a difference throughout the year:
College & Career Readiness Prep program in partnership with the UCF College of Education and Human Resources providing young adults the opportunity to experience college life with UCF students one Saturday per month.
Down Syndrome Partners in Education provides training and support for eight school districts across Central Florida.
Nationally recognized The Learning Program™ in partnership with the UCF Teaching Academy complements formal education with research based learning techniques in reading and math.
iCan Bike Camps have allowed 200 individuals the opportunity to learn to ride a two-wheeled bicycle in just five days.
TheiCan Communicate Program is designed to assist individuals with Down syndrome that have limited speech. The FOUNDATION provides iPads to participants who work with the students in the UCF graduate level course: Augmentative and Alternative Communication