As I’m writing this President’s Post, sitting in the comfort of my bed on this rainy Tuesday, Governor Hogan is signing Maryland’s ABLE Act before witnesses who championed the bill since its infancy. And, on the national front, hundreds of individuals with Down syndrome and their families and friends from across the country are meeting with members of Congress and their staff as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk on Washington.
This month, I attended the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA) leadership conference in Charlotte, N.C., with fellow board member and First Call Director Anna Fulbright. It was an amazing experience of networking and learning from some of the best and brightest DS affiliate leaders in order to provide better service to Baltimore’s Down syndrome community.
The week before CDSPG board meetings, I try to call my team of board members and committee chairs to check in on progress and gauge needed support. This week, I spoke to two volunteers who updated me on new projects that provide programming for two audiences we have yet to really focus on: siblings and Baltimore City families.
This is an excited time for our Down syndrome community as we continue to grow our support network and broaden our support programming.
CDSPG will be delivering doughnuts to a more than 50 stakeholders and community partners around the region, including medical practitioners, offices of special education and local media providers.