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Maryland ABLE Bill Signed into Law!

Maryland ABLE Bill Signed into Law!

Maryland ABLE Bill Signed into Law! ANNAPOLIS, MD- Governor Hogan signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law on April 12, 2016.  After months of bipartisan support, Governor Hogan ensured those with disabilities in Maryland have the opportunity

NDSS #DSWORKS Employment Campaign

NDSS #DSWORKS Employment Campaign

  NDSS Launches #DSWORKS™ – An Employment Campaign for People with Down Syndrome http://www.ndss.org/DSWORKS/ This week, the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) launched a first of its kind employment campaign – #DSWORKS™ – at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with the help

Congress May Consider Tweaks To ABLE Accounts

Congress May Consider Tweaks To ABLE Accounts

Federal lawmakers are already looking to expand the eligibility and capabilities of a new type of savings account for people with disabilities. A package of three bills introduced this month in Congress would offer extra flexibility to individuals with disabilities

World Down Syndrome Day – March 21

World Down Syndrome Day – March 21

#MyFriendsMyCommunity Monday 21 March 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over

Why this father says ‘Down syndrome is the best thing that ever happened to me’

Why this father says ‘Down syndrome is the best thing that ever happened to me’

During a recent trip to a store, Robb Scott overheard a little boy ask his father a simple question: “What is Down syndrome?” The boy’s father told his son that it’s an illness of “not knowing anything.” Scott — the

Mother Invents Special Eyeglasses Just for People With Down Syndrome

Mother Invents Special Eyeglasses Just for People With Down Syndrome

Noticing a need, a single mother of four from Ohio sacrificed her time to invent a special pair of eyeglasses for kids with Down syndrome. Maria Dellapina realized that children with Down syndrome often struggle to find a pair of

Report of the Task Force on Maryland’s ABLE Program

Report of the Task Force on Maryland’s ABLE Program

On December 19, 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law. This federal law will give many people who acquired disabilities prior to the age of 26 the ability to open tax-exempt bank accounts wit​​​hout

BORN THIS WAY to air on A&E Tues 12/8 at 10pm

BORN THIS WAY to air on A&E Tues 12/8 at 10pm

BORN THIS WAY Seven young adults with Down syndrome meet at a local recreation center and realize they have more in common than expected. Cameras follow this dynamic group of friends as they pursue their passions and lifelong dreams, explore

FRIENDS Awarded Grant

FRIENDS Awarded Grant

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. was presented a check from the Fraternal Order of Eagles for a $5000 grant to be used for education support and technology for our members with Down syndrome in grades K-12.

2015 Techniques for Success

2015 Techniques for Success

In its 7th year, the Techniques for Success (TFS) conference provides practical strategies for educating students with Down syndrome and those with other special needs. TFS 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Hotel