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If My Child Had Been Born Without Down Syndrome…

By: Lilly Capecci There were initial fears when I heard the words, “Your baby has Down syndrome.” Dear son, I won’t lie, I was scared of what the diagnosis might mean for your future and for your brother’s future. Would you miss out on going to a typical school? Would you miss the chance to have…

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I promise…

By definition, a promise is a,”declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified; a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.” October 2018 is Down syndrome Awareness Month so I am challenging…

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What would happen if people with Down syndrome ruled the world?

  POSTED BY SPECIAL MIRACLES · SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 WRITTEN BY Dennis McGuire, PhD Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital – Park Ridge, Illinois If I am going to describe what it would be like if people with Down syndrome ruled the world, it may be helpful to explain how I came by this information. I am…

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Why I Run, Walk & Dash

On August 25th, we join with families and our community of support to Run, Walk & Dash for Down syndrome.  You still have time to join your favorite team, we want you & we need you! Please visit our 5K/Walk/Dash Page to learn all the great details!   Once upon a time a baby was born.  This…

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Ways to support GiGi’s Playhouse Sioux City

DONATION A donation of any amount will help us provide programs and awareness. Attend a fundraising event: GiGi’s Playhouse hosts various fundraisers throughout the year such as Galas, 5K runs and walks, car shows, lemonade stands, wine tastings and more. Events are publicized through direct mailings, e-mail newsletters, and social media such as Facebook. Please…

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Awareness vs Acceptance

What’s the difference between Awareness and Acceptance?   Awareness is to know that you have a classmate with a disability Acceptance is inviting him or her to hang out with you   Awareness is simply knowing someone who has some kind of challenge Acceptance is engaging in a real conversation with them   Awareness is…

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Happy World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) March 21st, 2018!!

Happy World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) March 21st, 2018!! This is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. It is a day dedicated to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play an…

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World Down Syndrome Day

3/21/2018 marks the 9th anniversary of GiGi’s Playhouse Sioux City. Our dedication to the mission of changing the way the world views Down syndrome, empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the Siouxland community has never been stronger. We are grateful to those of you who have helped us get this far, but more work…

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January 2018 News

We can’t wait for our latest news to hit your email…so here’s a sneak peek of our January 2018 Newsletter! IMPACT STORY: Julie Burhoop As President of GiGi’s Playhouse the past two years, it has been such an honor to serve this organization and those who benefit from it. As I turn things over to…

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December News–We’re hiring!!

We’re Hiring! As some of you may have heard, Amanda Sweum has resigned her position to pursue another opportunity. We wish Amanda the best and thank her for her time at GiGi’s! That also means that we have a job opening! We’re looking for a motivated individual to help bring the GiGi’s core values to…

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