Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group (MCDSIG) of PA

 

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Montgomery County                                                                                                     STATEMENT
Down Syndrome Interest Group                                                                                 For Immediate Release
Contact: Michele Hoenig, 617.834.0868                 

Bucks County Down Syndrome Interest Group
Contact: Erik Weiner, 215.804.6423

Philadelphia-Area  Down Syndrome Groups Applaud Ruling that Franklin Institute Violated ADA Policy; Express Disgust Over Franklin Institute “Strongly Disagreeing” with Outcome

(May 11, 2016)  The Montgomery and Bucks County Down Syndrome Groups are extremely disappointed that the Franklin Institute spent a large amount of money fighting to force the severely disable to pay a separate admission for their personal care assistant there to help them navigate the museum. 

“We are so pleased that that Judge Gerald McHugh ruled that The Franklin Institute violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACT) by failing to allow ‘full and equal’ access to the facilities,” says Sandy Katz of the Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group.   “It’s obvious that the Institute lacks education regarding the daily lives of people with disabilities.”

Judge McHugh ruled last week that personal care assistants were only there to help the disabled visitors enjoy the museum exhibits.  The Franklin Institute has been ordered to adopt new policies on waiving such admission fees; the Institute issued a statement saying it “strongly disagreed” with the ruling.

“It’s sad that the museum spent so much money to fight an issue that impacts such an extremely small portion of its admissions,” said Katz.  “And, it’s shocking that it fought so hard when it seems like a no-brainer to do the right thing. Goodwill goes a long way. We urge The Franklin Institute to seek input from people with disabilities when developing its new policies on admission fees.”

About the Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group:
Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group offers support, education, training and guidance to individuals with Down syndrome and their families and friends in Montgomery County, and aims to increase social understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. More information is available at www.mcdsig.org.
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/Montgomery-County-Down-Syndrome-Interest-Group-of-PA-MCDSIG
Twitter:  @MCDSIGinfo

About the Bucks County Down Syndrome Interest Group
The mission of the Bucks County Down Syndrome Interest Group is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and our community. To be a driving force in the Buck County community in generating acceptance and belonging of individuals with Down syndrome. It is our strong desire to encourage a society in which people with Down syndrome can involve themselves in community activities and be assisted in their development of the skills necessary to do so.  https://bcdsig.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Contact: Michele Hoenig, 617.834.0868                                                  For Immediate Release

Local Down Syndrome Group to Train Conshohocken Police Department

(Lansdale, Pa., April 27, 2016) — The Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group (MCDSIG) will conduct a training program for the Conshohocken Police Department on how to interact with individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. The program will take place at the Conshohocken Police Department on April 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

Encounters with police and other first responders can be a frightening experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a challenging one for public safety officials. This training will provide the Conshohocken Police Force with tips and strategies for successful, safer interactions. The training will educate the police department on recognizing when an individual has a developmental disability, like Down syndrome, and how to effectively approach, communicate with, and solicit information from the individual. The training will also discuss the tragic death Ethan Saylor, a man with Down syndrome, who died when moonlighting off-duty Frederick County, Md.  sheriff’s deputies attempted to remove him from a movie theater, and how police can learn from that tragedy.

“Individuals with Down syndrome are now more included in the community and they may react differently in unfamiliar situations”, said Michele Hoenig of the Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group. “Helping first responders prepare for situations involving individuals with Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities can result in safer, more productive interactions that preserve the dignity of the individual.”

“It’s really important that our force be fully trained on how to work with people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.  We’re getting training on autism awareness as well,” said Michael Orler, Conshohocken Chief of Police. “Part of our mission is to promote dignity and respect of our residents and keep them safe.”

Interactions between public safety officials and individuals with intellectual disabilities can be frustrating and challenging for both parties. The Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group will prepare the Conshohocken Police Department to make such interactions easier, safer, and more productive.

 

 

About the Montgomery County Down Syndrome Special Interest Group:

 

Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group offers support, education, training and guidance to individuals with Down syndrome and their families and friends in Montgomery County, and aims to increase social understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. More information is available at www.mcdsig.org.
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Montgomery-County-Down-Syndrome-Interest-Group-of-PA-MCDSIG
Twitter:  @MCDSIGinfo

 

About the Conshohocken Police Department:

“The mission of this police department, through a community partnership, is to improve the quality of life, provide a sense of safety and security for our residents and borough guests.  We, as a police department, promote dignity, respect, and professionalism, by recognizing our duty and obligation to maintain order, enforce the laws and to protect individual rights without impunity on a fair and equal basis”.

http://www.conshohockenpolice.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCDSIG                                                                                                               NEWS
Contact: Michele Hoenig, 617.834.0868                                                  For Immediate Release

 

Philly and Montgomery County Join in World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations

(MARCH 21, 2016) — The Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group (MCDSIG) has many exciting events planned on March 21 to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day! 

The Ben Franklin Bridge, Cira Centre, 2 Liberty Place and Commerce Square in downtown Philadelphia will light up blue and gold in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day thanks to Brandywine Realty.  Skyscrapers across the globe, including the Empire State Building, have been lit up for the celebration in the past.

Sixteen schools will be wearing their most colorful and funky sock during the “Rock Your Socks” event happening around the globe on 3/21 to generate awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. Gwynedd Square, Walton Farms, A.M. Kulp, Hatfield Elementary Schools and North Penn High School  in North Penn School District; Skippack Elementary in Perkiomen Valley School District; Simmons Elementary School in the Hatboro-Horsham School District; Worcester and Audubon Elementary Schools in Methacton School District; Butler and Titus Elementary Schools  in Central Bucks School District; Easter Seals Preschools locations in Kulpsville, Media and Broomhall; Malvern School in West Norriton; and All My Children Learning Center in Souderton.

MCDSIG will be hosting Dine Out for Down Syndrome on 3/21 at Outback Steakhouse restaurants  in Montgomeryville, Plymouth Meeting and Royersford locations. Outback will give 20% of the bill to MCDSIG when you present the event flier.  This is a great opportunity for families and friends to join together to celebrate their loved one with Down syndrome and earn money for a great organization.

www.mcdsig.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Montgomery-County-Down-Syndrome-Interest-Group-of-PA-MCDSIG

Twitter:  @MCDSIGinfo

Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group Receives Grant
from Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

(MARCH 15, 2016) — The MDRT Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group (MCDSIG) for its Learning Program, a research-based literacy and math curriculum developed based on how kids with Down syndrome learn. The goal of The Learning Program is to empower parents as advocates for their children and improve academic outcomes.

The Learning Program complements formal instruction in literacy and math, and includes occupational and speech therapy components. The Learning Program also uses effective teaching strategies and customized materials to support parents, teachers and children with Down syndrome in the educational process. Nearly 40 parents are trained each month by parent volunteers while their children are taught separately by volunteer special education teachers and therapists.

“MCDSIG is so thankful for MDRT Foundation’s support.  This grant will help fund the printing of the children’s literacy materials, enable us to purchase manipulatives for math and handwriting activities, and allow us to give the special education teachers and therapists a small stipend for their valuable time,” said Sandy Katz, MCDSIG board member and parent who coordinates and participates in The Learning Program.

MDRT Foundation member and managing partner of NetWorth Asset Management, Drew Shumski, helped sponsor MCDSIG’s grant submission since he’s seen first-hand how it has benefited a family friend, and he believes that “lack of resources shouldn’t stop good programs from happening.” Representing the MDRT Foundation, Shumski, presented the grant to MCDSIG’s Learning Program participants on March 12.

“The Learning Program enables parents as first educators to build a strong bond with their children, and build the foundation for meaningful  learning based on the cognitive strength of their child with Down syndrome,” says parent trainer Jackie Buchner, who has a 5-year-old daughter with Down syndrome.

Through its global grants programs, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award nearly $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 100 charitable organizations worldwide.

 

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About the MDRT Foundation: The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $30 million in more than 70 countries throughout the world and in all 50 U.S. states. These funds were raised by MDRT members and industry partners. For more information, visit mdrtfoundation.org.

About MDRT: Founded in 1927, the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, is a global, independent association of more than 43,000 of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 67 countries. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.

For more information, visit mdrt.org.

 

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