The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida believes that the more opportunities any individual is given, the greater their success. Every successful athlete, academic achiever, or musical prodigy has many dedicated hours of practice, study, and effort. Our goal is to provide opportunities throughout the community for individuals with Down syndrome to be involved and included - not just because it is the right thing to do, but because we know EVERYONE will benefit from it! Please take a look at some of the opportunities we have for you!
This scholarship is for individuals with Down syndrome of any age. The class, activity, sport is irrelevant - other than it has to be something your loved one is interested in doing/learning. The sky is the limit! You can choose dance classes, art classes, reading or math classes, hockey, soccer, volleyball, or archery --- if they can dream it - we will help them do it!
The FOUNDATION Educational Scholarship Program offers short term assistance to meet educational goals or academic needs outside of the formal education or classroom environment. This program does not provide full-time academic tuition or support. The scholarships will be awarded each semester for up to four months of tutoring.
With the complexities of writing a legal document that outlines your child's educational goals and future, there are times that it may be necessary to seek out additional supports and resources. Several professionals in the community lend their time and talent to these efforts. Our goal is to provide families with the resources needed to navigate these documents so you have a successful experience, meeting, and school year with your student.
Water activities are a part of everyday life in Florida. Swimming is so much more than meets the eye! Swimming provides your child with excellent physical conditioning, social interaction, self-confidence, safety, increased ability to follow instructions and FUN! You can choose any swim program that meets your child's needs from ISR (Infant Safety Research) to Safe Start (same program but offered at the YMCA) to a personal (certified) swim instructor. As long as the instructors have a school and or a certified program, you can apply to use our scholarship to take their lessons.
Known for its fun programs using horns, whistles, bubbles, straws, and more, TalkTools is an oral motor program and an excellent addition to any traditional speech program. Oral Motor scholarships provide your child with an evaluation and a customized home program that parents and local therapists can use to improve many aspects of their daily life from eating to talking.
It can be argued that speech and language therapy is the most important part of intervention services for children with Down syndrome if we wish to promote their cognitive and social development. Regardless if that is true or not, we know that one of the most important aspects of success for ANY individual is their ability to communicate. To better serve the Down syndrome community, we have partnered with providers in the Florida to offer Speech Therapy Scholarships to individuals who are in need of this service.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of intensive therapy that focuses on the principles and techniques of learning theory to improve social behavior. ABA therapy helps to (1) develop new skills, (2) shape and refine previously learned skills, and (3) decrease socially significant problem behaviors. ABA is a scientifically validated approach to understanding learning and behavior by looking at the function of the behavior and the environment in which it occurs.
Kay Ness is a neurodevelopmentalist certified by ICAN (International Christian Association of Neurodevelopmentalists). Inspired by the birth of her son, she became involved in the neurodevelopmental work in 1985. She has evaluated and designed home programs for families with varying abilities ranging from severe brain injury, autism, Down syndrome, PDD, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, visual and auditory processing deficits, from birth to people in their 90’s. By addressing the root causes of learning and developmental gaps, Kay has supported many families as they help their loved ones reach levels of achievement that was thought impossible.
In addition to your feedback, we would love for you to provide us with pictures (or video) of our scholarship recipients participating in their selected activity. You can submit the pictures and/or video to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the member, the scholarship program and the name of the provider when you send them.