A Note of Gratitude: Galen’s Growth and Milestones with GiGi’s Virtual Playhouse

"Dear GiGi’s Virtual Team,  We want you to know how much we love your programs and teachers. You have made a profound difference in our lives, and it’s hard to believe how much growth has happened for Galen since he started attending programs in September!"  New Signs of Communication: The...

Forming friendships through volunteering  

“Every program I go to makes me smile. After a few weeks, the regular attendees knew me, and I know them, so it feels like we are forming meaningful friendships through the programs."  Annika got involved in GiGi’s Virtual Playhouse programs, as well as physical programs at the San Diego...
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Celebrating Team Jade: Leading the Charge for Acceptance in the Virtual GiGiFIT Challenge

We are so thrilled to highlight our first team to reach $1,000 in our GiGiFIT Acceptance Virtual Movement Challenge this year! This incredible team is using our peer-to-peer fundraising event to raise funds to support the virtual free programming offered to families worldwide. They believe in acceptance for ALL and...

Jordan SPY’s a meaningful experience 

“When discussing ways that I could volunteer my time in a meaningful way, one of my coworkers shared her experiences with GiGi's, and I was immediately inspired to get involved. I thought it was so incredible to be able to engage with folks and their families in all parts of...
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More than words: Joe Pawsey’s success transcends reading

With the help of GiGi’s Virtual Playhouse team, Joe Pawsey was able to regain his confidence and accomplish his dreams!  At GiGi’s Playhouse, we strongly believe that education opens doors. Whether it’s at school, the workplace, or the community at large, literacy leads to inclusion. There’s no better illustration of...
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Stirring Up Joy: Julie’s Journey with GiGi’s Kitchen Adult

In the midst of the pandemic, when social distancing became the norm and staying at home became a way of life, many of us found ourselves seeking new ways to stay connected and engaged. For Julie, discovering Virtual GiGi's Kitchen Adult was a silver lining in an otherwise challenging time. ...

A sister’s impact

Many of our volunteers come to us because their lives have been personally touched by knowing someone with Down syndrome. We have many volunteers who have a sibling with Down syndrome and choose to give back by volunteering through our virtual 1:1 tutoring program or virtual group programs.  Their passion...

Where in the world will you impact acceptance? 

Registration is NOW OPEN for the GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge! Join us in advocating for acceptance within the Down syndrome community. Let's demonstrate that everyone deserves acceptance, regardless of differences in race, gender, diagnosis, sexual orientation, or religion! Our goal is ACCEPTANCE for all!   You can register today with your local...
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Illuminating Pathways to a Brighter, More Inclusive Future

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of our lives were upended. But amidst the challenges, opportunities for connection and growth emerged in unexpected places. For Cindy Marie, this opportunity came in the form of GiGi’s Virtual Playhouse. When the pandemic closed physical locations, Cindy Marie found herself...

The equation for success 

GiGi’s Virtual Playhouse has an incredible 1:1 math tutoring program where our math tutors are empowering their students by promoting a positive experience of learning mathematics with a sound foundation of basic number understanding. Our volunteers choose to become tutors for many reasons. One of our math tutors, Paul Guglielmo, told us...

A note from Desiree & Brighton

“GiGi's Virtual Playhouse gives our son, Brighton, the opportunity to learn alongside others like him, as we don’t have a GiGi’s playhouse where we live. It has helped our family learn what it’s like in his shoes and the programs expose him to sign language. We love learning new signs...
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Kyrie’s love for GiGi’s Virtual Playhouse Programs

In the digital embrace of GiGi's Virtual Playhouse (VPH), Kyrie's story unfolds as a testament to the profound impact of connection and inclusivity. Since September 2023, Kyrie has become a dedicated participant in VPH programs, immersing herself multiple times a week for five enriching months.  Kyrie's virtual journey is marked...