This organization continues to be an integral part of the community. Besides providing information about Down Syndrome, it also promotes awareness and proclaims, rightly so, that we are more alike than different. The organization is continuously providing activities for children with Down Syndrome, and the attendance for the annual Buddy Walk grows larger every year.
The Down Syndrome Support Group of Bryan-College Station has given the community so much to be thankful for. The annual Buddy Walk is an opportunity to see first hand that indeed "We're More Alike than Different." You can actually feel the love in the air. The Association and its volunteers have done such a wonderful job in promoting public awareness that the Walk had to be moved to a different location in order to have enough room for all the participants!
A look at the calendar on the Group’s website shows the many activities that they are connected with and participate in from dances and camps to Special Olympics and seminars and beyond. In addition, the support that this Group gives to parents of Down Syndrome children is a much needed service. It lets parents know that they are not alone – that the support of other parents whose children have similar disabilities is immediately available and never ending.
The Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley was there for us literally from the day our son was born. They helped us to understand Down's Syndrome, and gave us a better understanding of how it would impact our son, his life and the lives of the rest of our family.
Their work in increasing awareness of Down's Syndrome in our community and helping people to overcome their pre-conceived ideas about it has been invaluable to families of the Down's Syndrome children. Their contributions cannot be over-stated.
DSABV is a great organization that has really benefited my nephew that was born with down syndrome 7 years ago. Without this organization I feel my nephew will not be as advanced as he is. It really brings the community together and everyone helps each other out.
When we found out we were going to have a grandchild with Down Syndrome, the Down Syndrome Support Group was there offering their services immediately to help educate our families about Down Syndrome. They offered us books, videos and their support during the pregnancy and after our beautiful granddaughter was born. We could not have made it thru the difficult time without Christy Knight and her team. They continue to guide us and other families in this community that have special needs and give them resources that we not have otherwise.
I have been part of this group since 2005 which was the year my daughter was born. It has been a great source of information for me and my family. Not only does the group help new families when they have a child born with Down Syndrome they also put on educational conferences, social activities, and educational activities, such as handwriting, math, and reading classes. I have been a board member for a little over a year now and it has given my insight on how the group in ran. This is one of the best groups to be apart of. We all love our kids very much and work hard to provide the best for them.
My son has Down Syndrome. He has been a part of the Brazos Valley Down Syndrome Association. This organization has built friendships with the kids and the parents. Many of the things that the kids have been able to participate include: Handwriting without Tears, Nutrition Class, exercise class, reading and math and family dances all geared towards kids with Down Syndrome. The organization just put on a Sexuality class for Kids with mental disabilities. It was great! The parents receive information during the year that is very helpful as they try to raise a child with special needs. I would highly recommend joining the Brazos Valley Association of Down Syndrome it is a true blessing.
My son has Down Syndrome. We contacted the support group when he was a baby. The group has been an amazing and comforting resource for our family, from supporting us emotionally to providing educational and developmental opportunities for our son, us (as parents), and for educators. I also greatly appreciate the efforts to increase awareness of Down syndrome in the community. I feel that these efforts are making the community a more welcoming and understanding place for my son.
I have been involved with our association for the past five years. I first sought out information when my grandaughter was born with down syndrome. As I got to know Christy and the other members I could see what an awesome service organization it is. I have over the years been involves in many of the events and have seen the benefit it is to our kids and their families.
This organization (dsabv) has been such a help to us with a grandson with Down Syn. We have attended and been a sponsor of Buddy Walk which provides a community support system that makes us all feel part of one family. Christy has worked tirelessly to promote education for the public while building support for the pt. and family of Down Syndrome.
We are very appreciative of this organization!
Sincerely, John Young of Caldwell
I used to be an aide for special needs kids in Marshall, Texas. I grew to love those kids with all my heart. Those kids were mainly autistic so I didnt know that people with Down Syndrome can also be extremely productive and happy in life. Then I learned one of my Mom's best friends is the president of the College Station Down Syndrome chapter. I have been to Buddy Walks she organizes and I have seen how people with Down Syndrome are more good natured than so called normal people can be and love to dance. I have seen a married couple with Downs and I have seen others with the courage to learn to talk and socialize. This is what I have learned from this organization and much more.