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S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome was founded in 2001. Nina and Andy Fuller wanted to bring together a group that had meaning, depth and purposeful hope. Knowing that close to 90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome prior to birth were terminated, the Fullers wanted to be a positive influence in our community to not only help spare future babies, but to be there for the brave parents who received either a pre-natal diagnosis or post-natal diagnosis after the child with Down syndrome was born.
So they started their platform with the S.M.I.L.E. acronym. They wanted to offer: Support, Management, Information, Love, and Encouragement. The group itself made baby-steps as they, along with their young children with Down syndrome, walked their new trail. However, as an organization, S.M.I.L.E. has left those baby steps behind several years ago as the needs locally, statewide and on a national level grew bigger and broader. In response, S.M.I.L.E. participates in and/or leads the following endeavors:
- The Informed Decision-making Task Force which is a think tank group of leaders to help the medical community communicate current and accurate information when giving a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
- Disseminating legislative action alerts. Recently S.M.I.L.E. helped the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and many other disability advocacy groups pass the ABLE Act, which will remove the financial cap of $2,000 savings of employed people with special needs. This will allow for better financial health for everyone involved. S.M.I.L.E. Executive Director Nikki Davis was even awarded a NDSS Champion of Change award for her role in one of the NDSS social media campaigns for the piece of legislation.
- S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome is in partnership with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network which is a hub for birth parents and hopeful adoptive parents to find one another.
- S.M.I.L.E. Parent to Parent Network sends out news and information via email, FB, website, or hard copy newsletter to provide a wide variety of social and educational opportunities for infants through adults with Down syndrome, their families, other special needs groups, and the community at large!
- S.M.I.L.E. is also proud to have started the SMILE Center -A Place to Laugh & Learn, at 105 NW 4th Street, downtown Evansville! They are grateful to Wired Coffee House that also extends their multi-purpose facility to them across the hall for large events! There, children enjoy the fun environment with lots of creative play activities while parents and other adults take advantage of the auditorium to share ideas, concerns, information and hear guest speakers, as well!
S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome would also love if you could save the date for two exciting events:
The 2015 S.M.I.L.E. ON DOWN SYNDROME TRUCKS & HEROES will be an opportunity for young and old alike to come check out some of the Tri-State area’s biggest and most fun trucks and working vehicles. It will also be an opportunity for the young and young at heart to meet up close some of our area’s finest police, fire, medical, and military heroes. The event is scheduled at 9am-12pm on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The first hour will be siren-and-lights-free for their friends with sensory issues, including their guests who are on the autism spectrum. It will take place in the parking lot of the Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Newburgh, IN.
The 2015 S.M.I.L.E. ON DOWN SYNDROME SMILE MILE (previously known as the Buddy Walk) will include a 1-mile walk through the grounds of the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center. Following the SMILE MILE, there will be food, entertainment, fun activities for the children, an opportunity for team photos, and information tables for the adults. The event will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center, 201 East Boonville-New Harmony Road, Evansville, IN 47725. Walk registration begins at 9:00 AM, with the SMILE MILE activities starting at 10:00 AM. There will be food and entertainment after the walk. The day’s events will end at 12:00 PM.
For information on either event or to learn more about S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome, visit: www.smileondownsyndrome.orgThe information in this material is only as current as the date indicted, and may be superseded by subsequent market events or for other reasons. Statements concerning financial market trends are based on current market conditions, which are subject to change and which Payne Wealth Partners, Inc. does not undertake to update. While all information prepared in this document is believed to be accurate, any statements of opinion constitute only current opinions of Payne Wealth Partners, Inc., which are subject to change and which Payne Wealth Partners, Inc. does not undertake to update. Accordingly, you should not put undue reliance on these statements.