Sharing the Commitment Conference

Gulf Coast High School
Saturday, October 25, 2014
8:00am – 1:30pm

Registration will open on September 1, 2014

Medwaiver contact

The contact for Medwaiver in Collier and Lee County is Jose at (239) 338-1315.


Behavioral Therapist

If one is looking for a behavioral therapist this is a good website to look over: Behavior Analyst Certification Board or BACB.


Austin and Jessica getting married

There is no limit to what any of us can do. Believe all things are possible and always reach for the stars! So happy for these two, Austin Underwood and Jessica Smith are getting married. Austin and Jessica

Down Syndrome 101 for Parents, Extended Family, Teachers & Advocates

Encore Presentation From Central Florida Parent Center on Tuesday, March 25th between 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Amy Van Bergen presented Down Syndrome 101 as a webinar for us on 3/4th. We had such an overwhelming response we had to shut down registration! Participants of the 3/4th webinar gave glowing reviews of the presentation, and Ms. Van Bergen has graciously agreed to present a 2nd webinar on 3/25th for those who were not able to attend. Scroll down to register today!

Down Syndrome 101

Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Down syndrome! People with Down syndrome are unique individuals with a full range of skills, desires and emotions, just like the rest of us. But what are the facts versus the myths? What do YOU need to know to support a young student with DS or how to welcome your new grandchild? This webinar will cover the basics: biology and diagnosis, physical characteristics, medical conditions, development and cognition and more.

Our Speaker

Amy Van Bergen is the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, named the Parent Group of the Year in 2013 by the National Down Syndrome Congress. She is also active nationally on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome as Vice President of Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, a National Down Syndrome Society Ambassador, a graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities and a trained Special Education Disputes Mediator. She also is the mother of five children, one of whom happens to have Down syndrome.

Space is limited – reserve your webinar seat now:

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17th Annual Art Fest Naples Invitational for Autism

Event Details:

Jan 25th & 26th
10 am – 5 pm daily
“Art for Autism” silent auction – Saturday only – features the work of artists in the show.

Location: Fleischmann Park
1600 Fleischmann Blvd.
Naples, FL 34102
(Southern border of coastland Mall between US 41 and Goodlette Frank Rd.)

The 2013 Naples, Florida Buddy Walk for Down syndrome

The event will be held on October 26th 2013 at North Collier Regional Park in Naples. Check in and late registration will start at 9:30am. For more information please click on the flyer below or contact Ilene Goddy phone number (239) 455-1188 or e-mail or Becky Newell phone number (239) 290-2260 or e-mail

Buddy Walk Flyer 2013

Sponsorship/Donation Packet

Could Down syndrome provide clues to Alzheimer’s?

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Down Syndrome Indiana FUNdraising event

Come out and help raise money for Down Syndrome Indiana at California Pizza Kitchen located at the Waterside Shops 5555 Tamiami Trail Naples, FL 34108. Please print this flyer and give to your server on June 7th 2013 between the hours of 11am to 10pm and 20% of your check will be donated to Down Syndrome Indiana. CPK Flyer 4-2013

Reserve Your Seat Today! Autism Benefit on April 26

Easter Seals autism benefit is featuring Arnold McCuller & CSN Modern Rock Band on April 26. The location is The Philharmonic Center for the arts Daniels Pavilion. Dress is casual chic, doors open at 7pm. For tickets call (239) 919-0408 or visit Proceeds benefit the autism programs formerly managed by EdenFlorida, which are no managed by Easter Seals.