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.
Alexanders Angels is an organization that provides support and raises awareness for those individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Esther Gomez-Nieto, President of the organization is a tireless worker. Her main focus is on helping individuals with Down Syndrome and their families lead productive, inclusive lives. Alexanders Angels through it's fundraising efforts provides support to organizations that are actively involved in providing support and research relating to Down Syndrome.
Alexander's Angels is an all volunteer organization that is focused solely on promoting the well-being of those diagnosed with Down syndrome. This is accomplished through its sponsorship of various events that increase awareness of the capabilities and invaluable contributions of those with Down syndrome. Proceeds raised at these events are used to support research and service delivery in support of those with Down Syndrome.
As I stated last year, as President and Co-Founder of Alexander's Angels, Inc., I am proud of the achievements of our all volunteer, not-for-profit organization. What began as a project to start a Buddy Walk® in Long Island has blossomed into a full-fledged not-for profit organization. To address awareness issues in and outside the Down syndrome community--in addition to being the organizer of the annual Buddy Walk® an activity established by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995--Alexander’s Angels, Inc. established two successful programs, the exhibition series DOWNrightART (see http://www.alexandersangels.org/id25.html) that showcases the works of artists with Down syndrome, and the symposium The Up of Down: An Insight Into the World of Down Syndrome(see http://www.alexandersangels.org/id38.html) that includes at least one self-advocate. By highlighting abilities of individuals with Down syndrome, Alexander’s Angels, Inc. aims to improve the way society perceives and defines individuals, that is, by their intrinsic value, not by their disabilities.
As President and Co-Founder of Alexander's Angels, Inc., I am proud of the achievements of our all volunteer, not-for-profit organization. What began as a project to start a Buddy Walk in Long Island has blossomed into a full-fledged not-for profit organization.
Our family and friends met in January of 2007 after having received a contract to start a Buddy Walk in Long Island from the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). The Buddy Walk is a trademarked event of NDSS. With the support of the Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS), the Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation (DSAF), and the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation (DSRTF), our project was quickly underway. On October 27, 2007, 560 people met at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow under deplorable weather conditions. Armed with umbrellas, covered strollers, and sheer determination, we defied the heavy downpours and windy condition and made history by walking for Down syndrome for the first time in Long Island. We incorporated in 2008 and received 501(c)(3) status in 2010.
To address awareness issues in and outside the Down syndrome community, Alexander’s Angels, Inc. established two successful programs, the exhibition series DOWNrightART and the symposium The Up of Down: An Insight Into the World of Down Syndrome. Consolidation of these projects in March 2012 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. For nine consecutive days eighty pieces by 23 artists from around the world were on display at 28on27 in New York City. The exhibition, supported by the American Folk Art Museum in NYC, included paintings, ceramics, photographs, weaving, embroidery, and a sculpture on load by the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore. Not only did Alexander’s Angels attract international artists from around the nation and abroad, but it also gave a voice to a panel of self advocates who asserted their individual aspirations for their future; hosted a diverse panel of siblings who shared their hopes and concerns for their brothers and sisters; and facilitated a symposium on the latest advances of cognitive research. A film festival by Sprout that included award winning acting, and a concert by celebrity Chris Burke completed a two-day conference that covered a wide range of topics.
The broad scope of the program brought together, among others, people from Australia, Canada, the UK, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Connecticut, Long Island, and many other states. This group of people with different backgrounds and interests genuinely enjoyed and admired each other. While Dr. Michael Harpold kept the audience up-to-date on the progress of cognitive research, his admiration for the artists and the significance of the art exhibition was evident in his comment, “It was tremendous to speak with the artists and have an opportunity to be close-and-personal with their works.”
By highlighting abilities of individuals with Down syndrome, Alexander’s Angels, Inc. aims to improve the way society perceives and defines individuals: by their intrinsic value, not by their disabilities.
Alexanders Angels is an organization of wonderful, caring people who provide support and raise awareness for those individuals and families living with Down syndrome. Our organizational founder and President, Esther Gomez-Nieto is a tireless worker and continues to strive to help these families lead inclusive, productive and fulfilling lives and achieve their potential that is with all of us. Alexanders Angels is a great gift to the world of Down syndrome!
I am so proud to have been named to the Board of Directors this year. Alexander's Angels is truly a grass roots organization born of the love and lack of information found by a grandmother of a child with Down syndrome. Esther Gomez-Nieto and her family are inspirational in their dedication to education and advocacy as well as fundraising for research.
Alexander's Angels has evolved through grass-roots organizing and the dedication of its founders. I first met Esther Gomez-Nieto as a result of being asked to help coordinate a panel presentation several years ago regarding Down syndrome advocacy and research at Briarcliffe College. I found her to be friendly and light-hearted while knowing how to get things done; a rare combination that I have always appreciated. Since then I have continued to work with the organization to promote and sponsor the annual Buddy Walk, host panel presentations, and contribute to other events developed by Alexander's Angels. It is wonderful to see how an organization born from a grandmother's love could blossom into a community for advocacy and encouragement. While we may not be "blood," the leaders of Alexander's Angels are family.
I am so honored to have been a part of Alexander's Angels. I have known its president and founders for several years and I admire them for the dedication and hardwork. This organization does an extraordinary job in furthuring awareness and highlighting the unique talents of individuals with Down Syndrome.