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A View From The Edge

GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Wayne hosted the FIRST rappelling fundraiser in Fort Wayne on July 20th at the Lamplight Inn in downtown Fort Wayne and to quote one of the brave rappellers, GiGi’s “put the fun in fundraiser!” We had rappellers of all ages and abilities on July 20th, but it was a blog post from…

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Making Huge Strides

The last week of June, GiGi Prep started and students began to work on readiness skills for the more intensive program, GiGi University in the Fall. One of the students in GiGi Prep, Kenneth, just started with GiGi’s Playhouse programs two weeks ago and we are already seeing such a change and cannot wait to…

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A Celebration of Life

Many people ask me how I became the Executive Director of GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Wayne. My love of this amazing organization began in 2012 when one of my best friends, who was living in Chicago at the time, walked by a GiGi’s Playhouse and immediately called me and told me that she found my dream…

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Take Me Out to The Ball Game

Despite the frigid temperatures in Indiana, it is baseball season! Our local baseball team, Fort Wayne TinCaps, are kicked off their season this past Saturday, and if you were able to attend, you may have seen a familiar face! To say that Playhouse Ambassador, Sam, is a TinCaps’ number one fan would be an understatement.…

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Paired Progressions

Being a part of an international network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers has its perks! One of those perks being that we have brilliant minds within the network that are constantly researching, advocating, enhancing programs and more. One of the latest updates to our purposeful programs are Paired Progressions! We have always used Purposeful Progressions,…

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Super Spencer

Yesterday was World Down Syndrome Day and our Playhouse celebrated by co-hosting a superhero party! Our Playhouse was packed with new families and veteran Playhouse families. It was wonderful seeing families meeting for the first time and scheduling play dates at the Playhouse, friends playing, a mayoral proclamation and multiple news outlets covering our event!…

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A Chance to Shine

At GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Wayne, we love to find what our friends love to do and give them opportunities to shine. This week, we want to introduce you to Keegan, or as his newfound friend MG calls him, Cookie. Keegan was born with a love of children. He loves volunteering at Busy Bodies and welcoming…

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1 Year Equals 365 Opportunities

Volunteers are the heart of the Playhouse. Thanks to our committed volunteers, who have logged over 7,800 volunteer hours since January 2016! It is because of our incredible army of over 200 volunteers that we have been able to see a child start Kindergarten reading at grade level. Thanks to our volunteers, we have witnessed…

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Career Exploration Day

During GiGi University, we find it important to offer several career exploration opportunities to ensure that our students are aware that they are capable of having a career. We want our students to know that they are worthy of having a career. We also want employers to know that individuals with Down syndrome are highly motivated and ready…

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Fin’s Adventures with Elijah

Fin, the GiGi University mascot, went on a journey with another GiGi U student over the holiday weekend. Read on to hear where Fin went with Elijah! While Fin was with me, I took him to Indiana Beach. We had a lot of fun, but there weren’t any dolphins there so mom said Fin had…

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