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- Teens and Adults
- Buddy Walk
- Health Care Professionals
- Public Policy
- Diversity Outreach and Support
- Down Syndrome-Autism Connection
- Dads Appreciating Down
- Teacher Partnership Network
Advocates In Motion
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2012-2013 Calendar of Events
Volunteer for the MDSC
Advocates in Motion (AIM) Application
The MDSC believes every individual with Down syndrome can become not just a self-advocate, but a strong self-advocate. We do this by making the empowerment of self-advocates a major component of all our programs for teens, young adults, and adults.
The MDSC’s Advocates in Motion program provides fun, inclusive, interactive events each month for teens and young adults 13 to 22. AIM participants develop leadership and self-advocacy skills, form meaningful relationships with peers, and build their self-confidence in an encouraging environment.
AIM members meet once a month on Sunday afternoons from September to May. Throughout the year there are additional opportunities for those in the same age group to meet in smaller groups to go to a movie, enjoy dinner out, volunteer or participate in a variety of other activities.
AIM members not only have a good time. The program strives to enhance participants’ social skills, foster leadership and self-advocacy skills, boost self-confidence, promote fitness and healthy living, and improve job and career skills. AIM also provides community service opportunities, and encourages social relationships between youth with and without Down syndrome.
In the past, AIM participants have:
Leah T., 15 years old
I like AIM because it is about making new friends with Down syndrome. We learn all kinds of things and we do yoga and drama. Sometimes we play basketball. We had a holiday dance where there was a DJ and we got to dress up and dance. All kids can be different sometimes. I think that AIM is the best program ever.