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Alexanders Angels Inc

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Causes: Health

Mission: To engage in activities that provide a forum for public awareness of the needs and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome, and promote scientific research, advocacy, education, and service to benefit the Down syndrome community by raising funds for the Corporation an other Down syndrome not-for-profit organizations.

Results: In March 2012, consolidation of the two projects founded by Alexander's Angels, DOWNrightART and The Up of Down: An Insight Into the World of Down Syndrome, generated DOWNrightART: Abilities and Possibilities, A Celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, an unprecedented event that attracted world-wide attention and participation in New York City. The Buddy Walk in Long Island has grown from 560 people in 2007 to close to 2,000 in 2012.

Programs: To address awareness issues in and outside the Down syndrome community, Alexander’s Angels, established two successful programs, the exhibition series DOWNrightART and the symposium The Up of Down: An Insight Into the World of Down Syndrome. Alexander's Angels is the organizer of the Buddy Walk(R) in Long Island since its onset in 2007.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alexander's Angels is a leading community based association advocating for persons with Down syndrome. This organization aims to raise awareness outside the Down syndrome community by continuing working with local colleges and with Down syndrome organizations in a collaborative effort to promote a better understanding of people with Down syndrome, including a commitment to support research aimed at improving lives for persons with Down syndrome. Alexander's Angels consistently meets a goal within its mission by supporting Down syndrome cognitive research, which is targeted to develop drug therapies that will enhance life opportunities for persons with Down syndrome through improving memory, learning and communication. Research Down Syndrome's interaction with Alexander's Angels has been a consistently positive experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a father of a 33 year son with Down syndrome and a director of Research Down Syndrome (RDS) I can't say enough about the dedication and passion that Alexander's Angels brings to this cause. Understanding the link between Alzheimer's and DS is both exciting and terrifying to me at the same time. Terrifying because by the age of 40 all DS individuals develop the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's but exciting in the sense that the research that Alexander's Ange helps to fund is developing medications to fight this eventuality. I commend Alexander's Angels in educating the public about the positive aspects of Down syndrome and the fact that this world is a better place with Down syndrome people in it. I highly recommend that you join and support Alexander's Angels in its public awareness efforts and it's tireless effort of raising funding for cutting edge research. Jack Dean

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been associated with Alexander's Angels for almost a decade. Being from Long Island, it brings us great pride to see the dedicated and important work that this organization is doing to help build a more loving and inclusive world for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. They are truly a professional, first class organization and we look forward to our continued association for many years to come! -Chris Burke ("Corky" Life Goes On) with Joe and John DeMasi


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was first referred to the President of this organization by the legal host of a weekly radio show that counseled families on the services offered to their children with disabilities on Long Island. As a former special education teacher for over three decades and author of a book about my sister who was born with Down syndrome in 1948, I was anxious to meet this person, who, like myself was not a parent of a child with a disability but a family member who was moved to provide advocacy and service to the most wonderful collective group of human beings I have ever encountered. Upon attending several of Alexander's Angel events (two annual DOWNrightART Exhibitions that highlight the artistic achievements of those with Down syndrome around the globe; and a Buddy Walk in Eisenhower Park), I was awed by the indefagibility of its President and Co founder, the depth and breadth of her reach to find individuals with Ds who contributed greatly to their communities; her insistence on their ABILITIES rather than on what limits they might face; her willingness to embrace other kinds of goals under her agency's umbrella; the extraordinary imdividuals she would gather to disseminate information on scientific breakthroughs, self advocates sharing their goals and aspirations as well as the obstacles they face; and her extraordinary ability to raise funds from corpoations and sports teams. Not only is the President of this organization a dynamo, but what her efforts accomplish on behalf of inspiring confidence in those with Ds, and appreciation for their many artistic and creative contributions by those in the general public is awe inspiring. This past March, Alexander's Angels hosted a three day event which highlighted paintings, photographs, sculpture, poittery, weavings, etc., from artists with Down syndrome from Australia, England, Puerto Rico, Canada, Alaska, California, Tennessee, New York and various other places in the United States, at a art gallery in midtown Manhattan. Movies, whose main characters had Ds were shown, a panel of self advocates shared their views and what I believe was the first ever panel of siblings of those with Ds in the world, discussed their particular outlooks and concerns for their siblings. A leading scientist also shared his information on clinical trials that might ultimately address breathroughs in cognition, speech and memory for those with Ds. Rarely, does an organization offer this kind of service and diversity to the populations they serve. The advocacy for those with Down syndrome by Alexander's Angels has helped create a more accepting public for this former group of people who were often shunned and always underestimated.