The website is going to expand in the next few weeks. Our group is still going and our kids are doing well. The group exchanges information through social media and informal gatherings. If you are interesting on connecting with families that have experienced the gifts and challenges of Down Syndrome; please reach out to our contact person (Sharon Oberkreiser) and/or reach out on the Facebook group.
Next Meeting is Thursday, 2/6/14, 6:00pm in the lower level of the Hooper Building (36 Broad Street, Oshkosh). Come and meet Linda Pierron, the new Director of Special Education for the Oshkosh Area School District. This will be a positive and constructive conversation about what is new in the district, what is going well, and concerns. Childcare is available upon request. For more information, please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight, 1/2/14 is the Annual Play Date at the Downtown YMCA in Oshkosh. The Primetime center is in the Lower Level. We will be there 6 - 7:45 pm. All are welcome - including siblings! No Charge, and you do NOT need to be a Y member.
Our next DOWN to Earth meeting is Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at 6:00pm in the lower level of the Hooper Building (36 Broad Street, Oshkosh). Sherry Gundlach, a PIN (Parent Information Network) Coordinator for CESA 6 is our presenter. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, CESA stands for Cooperative Educational Service Agency. CESAs are regional venues for schools and other agencies that serve students. Sherry will be sharing with us what she does and how it relates to our children with special needs. Child care will be provided. Please let Sharon O. know via email (email@example.com) if
you will be bringing children so that enough caregivers will be available.
Our next meeting is scheduled Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00 in the lower level of the Hooper Building (36 Broad Street, Oshkosh). Terri Couwenhoven will be addressing sexuality issues that commonly surface among individuals with intellectual disabilities during puberty.
About Terri Couwenhoven, MS
Terri is an AASECT certified sex educator who specializes in developing programs and resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them. She is the author of the award-winning book Teaching Children with Down Syndrome About their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality , A Girls Guide to Growing Up: Choices and Changes in the Tween Years, and her newest book, A Boys Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes During Puberty. Terri is also the mother of a daughter with Down syndrome.
Our next meeting is scheduled Thursday, September 5th, at 6:00pm in the lower level of the Hooper Building (36 Broad Street, Oshkosh). No speakers, just getting together to chat with each other and find out how the first days of school have gone for our beautiful children. Please join us!
Our picnic scheduled for Sunday, 8/18, at South Park in Oshkosh has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for future meetings and events.
Next Gathering: Thursday, July 11, 6:00pm Swim Party at Pollock Pool in Oshkosh. Siblings and Family Members are welcome. Please contact Sharon firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information.
Our next meeting is Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 6:00pm in the lower level conference room of the Hooper Building (36 Broad Street, Oshkosh). We will be watching Video on Protocol. "A combination of drugs recommended for depression and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder is being widely promoted as a "treatment" for Down syndrome. There is no scientific support for the routine use of this protocol for people who have Down syndrome. It is important that families and healthcare professionals are aware of the lack of evidence for safety and benefits from use of this protocol." DOWN to Earth is not endorsing this program, only providing information. Please contact Sharon ASAP email@example.com if you need childcare provided for this meeting.
Our next gathering is a Cinco de Mayo party on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013. We will meet at the 20th Ave. YMCA in Oshkosh from 6-8pm. A basic taco bar will be provided, but families should plan to bring their favorite Mexican dish to pass. Besides food and exclusive access to parts of the facility, we will also have games & crafts. Please RSVP to Sharon firstname.lastname@example.org asap, so we know how many people to plan for.
Down to Earth
Our goal is to build awareness, sustain a network of support and provide information for families with children who are "differently-abled" in the Oshkosh and surrounding areas.