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A letter to Jesus from Jr

The following is a letter written by Wayne Dunlap. Wayne's son, Jr, was born with Down syndrome and is non-verbal. Recently, Wayne stated that teachers, bus drivers, and therapists have been reporting negative feedback about his son. Wayne knew his son better than anyone else and wanted to help raise...
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March 2022 Newsletter

  Website | Volunteer | Support  GiGi's Playhouse Network Quarterly Newsletter   20 years ago, when I was pregnant with GiGi, I remember telling my husband, “This baby is already changing me for the better.  She is going to be the President or a World Leader!” From the womb, she...
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Early intervention can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and increase their success in school and life.

From a prenatal diagnosis of having an individual with Down syndrome to taking those first steps to reading, GiGi’s has a variety of programs for early learners and their families (0-4). These programs are designed for individuals with Down syndrome and support the entire family. Our Early Learner programs include GiGiFIT,...
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Newsletter – Dec 2022

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Best of All – Celine

“Celine thoroughly enjoys GiGi’s Kitchen Adult. During the COVID pandemic, GiGi’s was the bright spot in her week. In fact, at one point, she participated every week in TWO GiGi’s cooking classes from Hoffman Estates & Annapolis. She looked forward to seeing the same friends each week. Now, Celine has much better...
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GiGi’s was in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival!

Have you heard how AWESOME we were in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival?! It was a cold day from start to finish, but GiGi’s brought warmth to the hearts of millions of people. A few weeks before the big event, we ordered 5,000 hot chocolate packets to hand out to...
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Looking for a gift for a child with Down syndrome?

Searching for gift ideas for those with Down syndrome? It can be tricky knowing what will be fun while still providing an element of learning. We’ve curated a list of items that help improve various skills while keeping children engaged. Please look at our recommendations and how they benefit individuals...

Volunteer of the Year- Anna Bruce

Like many families involved with GiGi’s Playhouse, Anna Bruce found GiGi’s when her son, Camden, was born with Down syndrome. She was part of a group of people in the Southern Tier, New York, who led a pop-up Playhouse idea… but after a phone call in 2017, they ultimately realized...
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My brother Winston

A Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ———- Submitted by Tamara I am #7 of 10 kids. My oldest sister lived one day. The next child, Winston, was born with a severe case of Down syndrome. He is non-verbal, highly dependent, and had heart surgery to save...
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Truist Financial Creates Meaningful Change

GiGi’s Playhouse was blessed to have a new National Sponsor, Truist Financial, partner with us for GiGiFit Acceptance Challenge (GFAC) in 2022. Truist believes their environmental, social, and corporate governance contributions are more than a responsibility—they’re an opportunity to fulfill our purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities....
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Fargo Playhouse Reopens Better Than Ever

On May 11, 2021, tragedy struck the GiGi’s playhouse network. The Fargo playhouse burned down, and we were all heartbroken. It would have been easy to feel defeated by this event, but that just isn’t the GiGi’s way. The National Office team jumped into action handling all legal and insurance needs...
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What Down Syndrome Can Teach Us Now 

by Katie Carper   When I married nearly 20 years ago, I never dreamed I’d be parenting four kids, one with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism. I had no intention of managing what feels like a circus most days–not that I was opposed to circus life or extra...