The Dignity of Risk

The concept of “dignity of risk” is a powerful and transformative idea, especially when applied to individuals with Down syndrome. It emphasizes the importance of allowing people to take risks, make choices, and experience the natural consequences of their actions. This approach is essential in fostering independence, self-confidence, and personal growth. You might be asking…

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Best of All – Lucy!

We had the great joy of meeting Lucy when she was only a couple of months old. Lucy and her mom, Megan, entered the Playhouse and from that moment there was no turning back. Alongside her big brother, Tommy, you can find Lucy and her family attending so many programs. From LMNOP, Music and Movement,…

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Volunteer of the Month – Beth!

This month, we celebrate our Volunteer of the Month, Beth! Beth saw the incredible impact GiGi’s Playhouse had on her son Phil and felt inspired to get involved. As an Occupational Therapy Assistant at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland, Beth brings valuable expertise to our programs. She leads the Games with Friends Adult program,…

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Celebrating Our Friends with Down Syndrome: GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland’s 2024 Dash for Down Syndrome

What an unforgettable morning we had at GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland’s 2024 Dash for Down Syndrome! It was a day filled with celebration, advocacy, and community, all dedicated to our incredible friends with Down syndrome. With the sun shining and perfect blue skies overhead, around 1,200 wonderful individuals gathered to make this event the largest across…

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Best of All – Jasiah!

Jasiah’s journey with GiGi’s Playhouse has been one of remarkable growth and achievement. Born during the height of Covid, his early years were marked by isolation from family, friends, and community. However, his developmental pediatrician introduced his family to GiGi’s Playhouse, where a warm and welcoming conversation with Lizz led them to a supportive community.…

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Volunteer of the Month – Matt!

Since joining GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland in September 2023, Matt has been a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer, immersing himself in several programs with passion and commitment. From the moment he started, Matt hit the ground running, making meaningful connections with participants and always going above and beyond to lend a helping hand. His quiet leadership style…

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Best of All – Nikki

Nikki has been coming to GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland for many years and we have loved watching her grow and blossom into an amazing young woman. If there’s a program at our Playhouse, it’s almost guaranteed that Nikki has participated. Whether she is diving into the sensory bin at Destination Discovery, tapping the drum during Music…

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Volunteer of the Month – Nadia!

Nadia swiftly integrated into the heart of GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland as a dedicated volunteer. Immersing herself in our Games with Friends Adult and Fantastic Friends programs, she brought with her a compassionate spirit, eager to foster connections, offer assistance, and cultivate enduring relationships. Throughout her time at the Playhouse, she actively sought out additional volunteer…

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Volunteer of the Month – Anya

Oftentimes, when our high school volunteers leave for college, we wish them the best of luck on their next chapter and let them know the Playhouse doors are always open. When Anya left to attend school at The Ohio State University, she didn’t let that door close. Instead, she opened the double doors to our…

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