Bright Lights, Big City


Hot off the press:  Western New York will be featured in the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation before the 24th Annual Flagship Buddy Walk in New York City.  Check out the entire press release below: EAST AMHERST RESIDENT TO BE FEATURED IN NATIONAL DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY VIDEO Paul Mondschein To Help Kick … Continue reading Bright Lights, Big City

GiGi’s Playhouse is coming to WNY!


Bringing a world where individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced by their families, schools, and communities…changing the way the world sees Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. 21_Connect is proud to partner with GiGi’s Playhouse, Inc. to bring a Down … Continue reading GiGi’s Playhouse is coming to WNY!

DDDay is here!


Join us today as we celebrate 30 years of awareness.  Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day is held at the Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls and hosts informative workshops covering topics including Treatment of Depression in Persons with I/DD; Communicating Disability: The Language of Access, Accommodations and Inclusion for People Who Are Not Yet Disabled (and … Continue reading DDDay is here!

NDSS Buddy Walk on Washington: Day 2


Day 2 of the Buddy Walk on Washington was jam packed – so much so that it took us a while to filter through the pictures and get them posted… The focus of the gathering was to advocate for legislative priorities that impact the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families.  These priorities … Continue reading NDSS Buddy Walk on Washington: Day 2

NDSS Buddy Walk on Washington: Day 1


Today started with a group of moms and a self-advocate meeting with the Office of Special Education. They discussed the importance of high quality post secondary education and inclusive education.     It ended with Federal Advocacy Training for those speaking with Congress tomorrow.  There are attendees from everywhere.  Here is our Emily with John and … Continue reading NDSS Buddy Walk on Washington: Day 1