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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

The Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley has helped to make the quality of my son's life a lot better in this community. After participating in events for a few months and attending the Buddy Walk, I knew I had to give back to continue enjoying the benefits, and joined the Board of Directors. Since then it has been a lot of work, but the rewards are so worth the time and energy we put into it, not only for my son, but for all the adults and youngsters with Down syndrome who I encounter. With our connections in the community, we are continually finding ways to create programs that help our kids and adults with independence. Being on the board is not always a piece of cake, but what volunteer board is easy? I want to continue giving to receive, and to watch our community change.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son participates in all DSABV programs and his life is better for it. Through DSABV our whole family has great friends and support, including the professionals we interact with as part of the group. Being on the board has also enhanced my leadership skills and helped increase my awareness of national issues affecting people with Down syndrome.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue working to find DSABV leaders in the community who have the time, energy and expertise to take our association to the next level.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Christy Knight, president - connection through a friend

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Education - developing summer keyboarding class for kids with Down syndrome

What is its top priority in the long run?

Recruit community leaders: doctors, A&M professors, parents and others who can help us with tasks on the board of directors. Too few people doing too much work and programming.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

I am teacher in College Station and work with students with Down Syndrome. This association is a GREAT resource for parents, children, families, and even teachers! The group provides classes in various areas to help everyone it serves. I am constantly impressed with the organization and effort this groups put out to educate the community!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Becoming more familiar with the families this organization serves.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Volunteer more!

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I LOVE this group of hardworking moms. My son, Dillon has DS and I was so lost at first but with all the help and support of this close knit group I will never feel alone again. My son has come so far and we have so much more to look forward too in our lives!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My knowledge of DS and all the things I can do to make it more acceptable.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to get more people in our community involved.

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I volunteered for the handwriting without tears program and it was such a great experience. The kids are awesome and their parents are very supportive. DSABV also serves as an excellent community resource for children who have down syndrome and the organization constantly advocates for children who have special needs. I would volunteer for them anytime!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I volunteered for handwriting without tears.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I love working with children who have disabilities and this experience was another way to help.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I loved working with the students and I would do it again.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I volunteer for Handwriting Without Tears and I feel so blessed to be able to do this. Phyllis is a great leader for the kids and takes each kid into heart. The DSABV program has been absolutely incredible to these kids and shows their true compassion for what they do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Handwriting Without Tears

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more volunteers and children!

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

i have a nephew with down syndrome & without the organzation here & the help of all the wonderful volunteers & my sister who help start the organization parents would have to go out of our community to have their kids join in the fun of all the activities the down syndrome organzation & the wonderful oppertuities it brings to the community to see the kids smile

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every year since the organization started in the bcs area i been to the buddy walk & voluteered where needed

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its perfect where one enjoys what this organazation brings to the community

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I volunteered to exercise with the kids at the park every Saturday afternoon. The kids had lots of fun and I had lots of fun too.

This experience made me to see first hand the challenges the parents and the kids face and I learnt quite a lot.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the life of the kids I palyed with at central park.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be more visible in college station and actively recruit volunteers.

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I volunteered with DSABV last year in the "Handwriting Without Tears" program, which aimed to assist children with Down Syndrome who were struggling with reading, letters and numbers, and handwriting in school. Each volunteer was assigned one student, who we worked with each week, so we were able to keep a consistent schedule and could tailor our activities to fit the needs of each child.

The instructor of the course was incredible--she brought folders for the volunteers which held a variety of activities we could use to help our student. We were able to vary our activities depending on what each individual child was interested in, and what helped them learn.

The children ranged in age from about 5-18, and they all seemed the enjoy the things we did with them, which included songs, games, and learning activities. If nothing else, the program allowed volunteers to get first-hand experience around children with disabilities, and it gave the children more practice doing the things they do in school on a regular basis.

DSABV also has many profit shares throughout the year with various organizations, as well as hosts Buddy Walks and various other awareness-building outings.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way the children faced learning on a day-to-day basis. As the course went on, the handwriting activities seemed to become less daunting and more second nature to my student, though she still struggled.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more training for volunteers. I volunteered my time because I wanted to do something good for the community, but many of my fellow volunteers HAD to volunteer as a requirement for one of their teaching courses, which meant that they had some background in education, or had at least been exposed to education techniques previously. It would have benefited me immensely to have had a crash-course, so to speak, in Down Syndrome and how to effectively tutor children with learning differences.

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

My husband and I participate in Buddy Walk every year. The Down Syndrome Support Group of Bryan - College Station does a wonderful job on this event and each year brings improvements. The event is meant to foster fellowship and understanding in an enjoyable environment.

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We have friends whose children have Down Syndrome. They are great children and we are happy to help them with our support.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them the prize money so they can do more good.

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

I am a Early CHildhood Specialist working with Down Syndrome children and families. Before I even see the child already after birth, the Down Syndrome support Group is contacting the family and most of the time referring the family to our services. I have taken some famiies to the first meeting and they feel welcome. My clients are Spanish speakers and they have a few families that will contact them and translate for them also.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

You feel the love and support these families receive daily and the information they give to my clients.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I will like that they provide presentations in Spanish for my families. Otherwise, no changes needed.

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