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    • April 07, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • May 12, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
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    What is it? The Improvaneers is the first and only of its kind social improv group in the United States. Check out this video of class participants sharing what they love about Improv!

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    When is it? Each Wednesday for 6 weeks at 6:00 p.m. starting April 7.

    Where is it: Via Zoom!

    Cost: $25* for the 6-week program (approx $4/session) 

    Brought to you by: Stand Up for Downs, Rob Snow, the Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska, and Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands

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    • April 15, 2021
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    • May 31, 2021
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    • April 20, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
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    Held every third Tuesday of the month, the educational series is provided by DSAF to its members - extended family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ed Series will continue to be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Zoom link provided below.)

    April Educational Series Topic

    Individual Education Plans in the Public Schools, An Overview

    Inclusive Education begins with the IEP.  The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.  April Kuss, Senior Advisor with National Down Syndrome Society, will join us to present her story and provide us with resources and information on the IEP including the "why" of inclusive education, how federal law supports inclusive education and how DSAF can help support families in implementing the IEP.

    About the Speaker:


    Jessica Kuss is a Senior Advisor for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), where she provides guidance and expertise for a variety of NDSS programs and peer-to-peer fundraising events. Since 2017, Jessica has supported participants and sponsors for the Racing for 3.21 for World Down Syndrome Day virtual event, Run for 3.21 relay and various marathons and other running and endurance events. She also assists in developing resources and programs focused on health, wellness and education, and participates in community outreach as it relates to these topics. A former elementary special education teacher, Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in K-12 special education and a master’s degree in special education from James Madison University. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two children.

    You can access the DSAF Ed. Series presentation at the Zoom information below:

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    Contact Dawna at dailyyaymakerne@gmail.com with questions.


    • April 29, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
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    Join DSAF for the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk Volunteer Recruitment Meeting!

    Learn more about how you can lend a hand in the planning and execution of this year's Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk - DSAF's largest awareness and fundraising event of the year. 

    When: April 29 from 7:00PM-8:00PM

    Where: Via Zoom! (Link info below)

    Questions: Contact Amie Lovegrove, amie.lovegrove@outlook.com. 

    We look forward to having you!


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    • May 17, 2021
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    • May 25, 2021
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    • Wherever/However You'd Like to Exercise!
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    Let Me See You Move...and Help DSAF Raise Critical Funds to Support People with Down Syndrome!

    Give to Lincoln Day, a campaign where Lancaster County comes together to support the important work of its nonprofits, begins May 1 and culminates in one final, super exciting, day of giving on May 25! Last year, amidst all the unknowns of COVID, DSAF supporters donated over $14,000 to help people with Down syndrome. W.O.W!!! (And thank you again for your support!)

    For this year's campaign, DSAF staff and board think it would be incredibly fun if we could all work together to show the community just how engaged our families can be - and what better way than  around exercise!

    Our fundraising team will work tirelessly to reach out to community members and corporate partners throughout Lancaster County to request their early financial support of DSAF with the promise that for every $1 they donate by May 14, our member families will collectively pledge 1 minute of exercise by Give to Lincoln Day on May 25.

    How would this work? 
    Here's an example: If generous donors contributed $5,000 by May 14, participating DSAF families would collectively match that with 5,000 minutes of exercise the week leading up to Give to Lincoln (so May 17-May 25).

    How would it be tracked?
    With the good ol' "honor system." We'd love for participating families to show us on social media how they are getting out and being active for their portion of those matched minutes of exercise. Tag @dsafnebraska.org and use the hashtag #MovingForDSAF so we can all follow the fun!

    What would count as exercise?
    You could bike as a family (if 5 of you go on a bike ride for 1 hour, that's 5 hours!), take a walk around Holmes Lake, attend a virtual yoga class - however you want to exercise! Back to the $5,000/5,000 minute example, if we had 20 families participating, 5,000 minutes of exercise would equate to approximately 4 hours per family. Totally doable in one week(end)!

    This is awesome! How do I sign up?
    If this seems at all up your alley, join us in this campaign and help us engage new supporters of DSAF in an entirely new way! We are asking any member families who would like to participate, to simply RSVP by April 30th to take part in this fun (and healthy!) activity. 

    Thank you! For questions, contact Jamie Bertucci at director@dsafnebraska.org.

    • May 18, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom
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    Held every third Tuesday of the month, the educational series is provided by DSAF to its members - extended family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ed Series will continue to be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Zoom link provided below.)

    May Educational Series Topic

    Summary of Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance: How they are included in the IEP document

    DSAF Board member, Alisha Bollinger will present on this very important part of the IEP document, providing examples of Educational Impact Statements, sample strengths and needs for the present levels and what types of evaluations and data families should look for when they are presented in the IEP.   

    You can access the DSAF Ed. Series presentation at the Zoom information below:

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    Contact Dawna at dailyyaymakerne@gmail.com with questions.


    • June 05, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Lewis Field, 2210 M St.

    The Homer’s Heroes baseball division is for boys and girls with physical or intellectual disabilities, ages 5 to 17.  In 2019, 95 players participated in the program. Four weeks of games are played starting the first Saturday of June. Volunteer “Buddies” encourage and assist each player during the game. One game is played at Haymarket Park with the Lincoln Saltdogs players. The Optimist Clubs of Lincoln established the program in 1992 and has coordinated this baseball league since that time. Shirts and awards are furnished by the Optimist Clubs. Caps, field rental and equipment are sponsored by the Junior Saltdogs League.

    Linked here are the 2021 registration form and 2021 season flyer with additional details. Registration forms are due no later than May 13!  If you have any questions, please email  HomersHeroes1@aol.com or contact Jeanne Cuda 430-7394 or Dottie Williams 304-2583.

    Download the 2021 Season Flyer

    Download the Registration Form - due by may 13!



    • June 15, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom
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    Held every third Tuesday of the month, the educational series is provided by DSAF to its members - extended family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ed Series will continue to be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Zoom link provided below.)

    JUNE Educational Series Topic

    Annual Goals, Progress, and Level of Achievement in the IEP Document

    Once the Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance have been determined, annual Goals and Objectives/Benchmarks should be developed to match the data in the present levels.  Com and learn more about the ABCs of goals and the particulars to make sure your goals are being evaluated and how often progress will be monitored.  Presented by TBD.

    You can access the DSAF Ed. Series presentation at the Zoom information below:

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    Contact Dawna at  dailyyaymakerne@gmail.com with questions.

    • July 20, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom
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    Held every third Tuesday of the month, the educational series is provided by DSAF to its members - extended family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ed Series will continue to be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Zoom link provided below.)

    july Educational Series Topic

    Special Education Services, Related Services, Aids, Modifications and Accommodations in the IEP document

    To the maximum extent appropriate, all students shall be educated and participate with students who are non-disabled.  The IEP document should provide an explanation of the extent, if any, to which students will not participate in general education classes and activities and what services, accommodations and modifications they are entitled to as part of their IEP document.  Presented by TBD.

    You can access the DSAF Ed. Series presentation at the Zoom information below:

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    Contact Dawna at  director@dsafnebraska.org with questions.


    • August 17, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom
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    Held every third Tuesday of the month, the educational series is provided by DSAF to its members - extended family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ed Series will continue to be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Zoom link provided below.)

    August Educational Series Topic

    Annual IEP Reviews and Prior Written Notice and Re-Evaluation 

    A Notice is given with the IEP document that describes the proposed action and notice of decision taken by the school district as part of the IEP document.  It also describes the evaluation procedures, assessments, records, reports and methods that were used in coming to the decision and other options that may have been considered and rejected by the IEP team in conducting the IEP review.  We will review this document in further detail and provide you with the information your family needs in a time of fluid education due to COVID.  Presented by TBD.

    You can access the DSAF Ed. Series presentation at the Zoom information below:

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    Contact Dawna at  dailyyaymakerne@gmail.com with questions.

    • September 21, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom
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    Held every third Tuesday of the month, the educational series is provided by DSAF to its members - extended family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ed Series will continue to be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Zoom link provided below.)

    September Educational Series Topic

    Re-Evaluation (aka MDT) and Due Process

    Students on an IEP are subject to reverification at least every three years.  This session will focus on common evaluation methods and will also provide information on what a family's rights are if they disagree with the decision of the MDT/IEP team, often called Due Process utilizing the Parental Rights provided by the Nebraska Department of Education.  Presenter - TBD

    You can access the DSAF Ed. Series presentation at the Zoom information below:

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    Meeting ID: 971 602 2934

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    Contact Dawna at  dailyyaymakerne@gmail.com with questions.

    • October 19, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom
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    Held every third Tuesday of the month, the educational series is provided by DSAF to its members - extended family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ed Series will continue to be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Zoom link provided below.)

    october Educational Series Topic

    Behavior Intervention Plans and What About Restraint and Seclusion?

    This session will focus on developing a positive behavior intervention plan with the schools within an IEP team.  Reinforcers and sensory considerations for the classroom and the unwritten curriculum of schools that students, parents, teachers, and staff must navigate during the school year.  Current event topics such as the use of restraint and seclusion, supporting schools and personnel, and protecting children by providing training for all members of the IEP team will be discussed.  Presenter - TBD

    You can access the DSAF Ed. Series presentation at the Zoom information below:

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    Contact Dawna at  dailyyaymakerne@gmail.com with questions.

    • November 16, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • via Zoom
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    Held every third Tuesday of the month, the educational series is provided by DSAF to its members - extended family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ed Series will continue to be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Zoom link provided below.)

    november Educational Series Topic

    Behavior Intervention Plans and What About Restraint and Seclusion?

    School transportation guidelines have changed recently to include extended driver licensing and annual training.  What else can we expect when it comes to transporting our children?  How do we know if we qualify?  These topics and more will be discussed during this session.  Presenter - TBD

    You can access the DSAF Ed. Series presentation at the Zoom information below:

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    Contact Dawna at  dailyyaymakerne@gmail.com with questions.

    • December 21, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • via Zoom
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    Held every third Tuesday of the month, the educational series is provided by DSAF to its members - extended family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ed Series will continue to be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Zoom link provided below.)

    december Educational Series Topic

    Transition and the IEP

    Starting at age 14 there is a new part to the IEP process known as the "transition page".  What goes into a transition page?  What is included and who is involved in the transitioning of a student on an IEP into the next setting.  What are the various options for students and who is there to help them decide?  These questions and many more will be answered as we present transition and the IEP in this session. 

    Presenters: Transition Specialist, Dawna Daily, and a Representative from Nebraska Voc. Rehabilitation/Nebraska Department of Education.

    You can access the DSAF Ed. Series presentation at the Zoom information below:

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    Contact Dawna at  dailyyaymakerne@gmail.com with questions.



Thank You to Our $1,000 Gold Star and Higher Sponsors!

Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska
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P.O. Box 57362
LIncoln, NE 68505
Phone: 402.421.1338

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