WDSD 2020

Posted by on Mar 1, 2020 in Our Stories | 0 comments


TVDSA VIRTUAL World Down Syndrome Day 2020

Saturday, March 21
2:00–4:00 pm

Join TVDSA online and Rock Your Socks Off!

Unfortunately our annual event previously scheduled at BSU has been canceled but we will still celebrate virtually online!

Join us online, socialize, watch some uplifting videos and share your comments, pictures and videos this year as we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!. Don’t forget to wear your crazy socks all day to support our loved ones with Down syndrome!

You can find us online at:
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Please help up spread awareness – post and share via social media with the following tags:


We will also be having a giveaway that runs all day on 3/21!

 TVDSA WDSD Crazy Sock Giveaway

A total of 6 – $25 e-gift certificates will be given away to participants from John's Crazy Socks ( to those who participate in the contest. 
This contest will run all day on 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day!  Please read the instructions carefully to take full advantage and participate effectively. 

During the TVDSA WDSD Facebook Watch Party

  • During our virtual WDSD Facebook Watch Party, TVDSA will give away 3 – $25 gift certificates between the times of 2pm and 4pm.  
  • Participants that post on Facebook with the hashtag #TVDSARocksTheSocks DURING THE WATCH PARTY will be placed in a random drawing at 2:30pm, 3:00pm and 3:30pm. 
  • Winners to be announced during the event on Facebook.  

All Day WDSD

  • During the entire day of 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day, TVDSA will give away 3 – $25 gift certificates between the times of 12:01 am to 2pm and 4pm to 12 midnight.  
  • Participants that post on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites with the hashtag  #TVDSARocksTheSocks DURING THE TIMES NOTED will be placed in a random drawing at 12 NOON, 6:00pm and 12:01am.  
  • Winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter once the winner is determined for each time segment.

General Rules

  • Drawing is done by random selection of all qualifying entries made during the designated time slots. Be sure to participate all day long!
  • Winners will be announced as soon as possible after the close of each time slot.
  • Multiple entries are allowed but all entries MUST include the hashtag  #TVDSARocksTheSocks
  • It is possible for a participant to win in multiple time slots.  All winner selections made by TVDSA are final.
  • Winners will receive an e-gift certificate code sent to a confirmed email address.


Why 21 March? The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. 

History of WDSD 

WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world and Down Syndrome Association Singapore launched and hosted the WDSD website from 2006-2010, on behalf of DSi, for global activities to be recorded. On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. The General Assembly decided to "designate 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2012" and "invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome".

Information courtesy Down Syndrome International from the site

2019 Giving Tuesday

Posted by on Nov 25, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Giving Tuesday – 12/03/2019

This December 3rd is #GivingTuesday. This year we are fundraising to raise awareness and support our programs.

Mark your calendar and help us reach our $5000 goal.

Your donations could be used within TVDSA in the following ways:

  • $10 to $20 could add a book to our Library
  • $50 could supply a new parent with an informational basket
  • $100 could sponsor an individual to a local conference
  • $250 could support a program event for 10 participants
  • $500 could provide a sponsorship for a family to an out of town conference

You can also contribute to the organization at any amount.  Donate online to support TVDSA for Giving Tuesday on 12/03/2019.


2019 Albertsons Boise Open

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


TVDSA Golf Fans!
We are sorry we had to cancel the golf event this year and plan to resume the TVDSA Trisomy 21 Open tournament in 2020 but never fear we have another opportunity to get your golf fix and support TVDSA in the process.   The 2019 Albertsons Boise Open will be held From August 19th to the 25th and is offering an opportunity for everyone to purchase tickets for access for golf food and fun for the 22nd to the 25th, including a free concert with country star Justin Moore on the 24th.  The Albertsons Boise Open is generously donating 100% of all tickets sales back to the designated charity of choice so use the link below to purchase tickets to a great event and also support TVDSA.  Anyone that wishes to sponsor a group to attend can contact us at to arrange this or if you have any questions. See you next year on the green!

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in Our Stories, Uncategorized | 0 comments


The Peanut Butter Falcon
Attention all movie fans! This is one you can not miss.   This must-see indie film stars Zack Gottsagen, an accomplished actor who happens to have Down syndrome, multi-talented Shia LaBeouf, and award-winning Dakota Johnson. This movie was the winner of the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival and will be premiering in limited release on August 9th.  We have not been able to confirm this yet but it is rumored that Boise is one of the cities selected for this honor. If that does not happen then we should have it available locally during the nationwide release on August 23rd – cross your fingers!  We will keep you updated and plan to host an outing once we determine additional details.  Mark your calendars and plan a night out for some fun.  Check out the movie trailer and details at See you at the movies!

2019 TVDSA Buddy Walk

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in Our Stories, Uncategorized | 0 comments


Join us for the 17th Annual TVDSA Buddy Walk

Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am
Walk begins at Cecil D. Andrus Capitol Park
Registration begins July 1, 2019

TVDSA Members with Down syndrome can register for FREE!
​Please email: for the coupon code for TVDSA members!

Click here to register now

The Buddy Walk is a great opportunity for those of us who love someone with Down syndrome to share our feelings with everyone we know! Yes, the walk is the biggest fundraiser of the year for TVDSA, but it’s also a vehicle for creating community awareness. And, if you have ever been to the Buddy Walk before, you know it’s a CELEBRATION! The atmosphere is fun, energetic, and joyous, and that’s because we’re so excited to tell the community what these individuals with Down syndrome mean to us. All are welcome to attend!You can register to walk alone, with your team of family or friends, or create your own team and raise funds to support the work of the TVDSA. The fun begins at Cecil D. Andrus Park, follows an easily walkable route through beautiful downtown Boise, then ends back at Cecil D. Andrus Park where we will have raffle prizes, bounce houses, live entertainment, dancing, food trucks and more! 

This is a family event, and out of respect for all our members, we have chosen to maintain an alcohol-free environment at the TVDSA Buddy Walk. Thank you for your cooperation.

Coffee and food vendors will be available at this year’s Buddy Walk and we encourage you to take advantage of the different types of food available for purchase.

When you support our Buddy Walk Vendors, you support TVDSA! We’ll add to the vendor list as the event draws near, but current vendors include:

  • Idaho Pizza Company
  • Bang on the Wall Burgers
  • Slow River Coffee (open before the walk)

If you wish to a pre-order a large order of food for your group, or have other questions about the Buddy Walk, contact us at

MANY THANKS to all of our sponsors – We could not do this with out them!

Idaho Gives 2019

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


Idaho Gives is a statewide, 24-hour giving day taking place on May 2nd, 2019, and it’s all online! Every year on one amazing day, people across our state come together for Idaho nonprofits. It's a day to celebrate the awesome work of Idaho’s nonprofits and benefit from the power of many. Idaho comes together—be a part of it!

Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association thanks you in advance your your help and participation in Idaho Give 2019.  It doesn't matter if you give to one organization or several, know that your participation and donations to all are needed and appreciated.  Idaho Gives has been getting better every year and is a great way to support those causes you are passionate about.  We hope that you will consider supporting TVDSA and participating throughout the day (and even before) to support those who need it most.

TVDSA needs your help!  Please mark your calendar and tell your friends – We need your participation to not only support us directly but to help us participate in the contests during Idaho Gives.   Each year Idaho Gives awards special bonuses and prizes for each category. Every donation qualifies us for a different contest. You can review the prize structure here to see when would be the best time for you to donate – you can even split it up over several donations during the day!

Visit our Idaho Gives site here to schedule your donation starting April 20th or to get info about the day of activities.

More details to come later so mark your calendar now and check social media and this page for more updates.

We hope you all have a great day on May 2nd!  Idaho Gives – Will You? 

2018 TVDSA Golf Tournament

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

TVDSA Golf Tournament – 2018

The TVDSA Trisomy 21 Open is Saturday, July 21st

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TVDSA will be hosting the 2018 TVDSA Golf Tournament at Eagle Hills Golf Course.  This is a fundraiser for TVDSA with the proceeds going to fund existing and future programs provided by TVDSA.  This will be a great time and for a great cause. Your participation is fundamental to our success!  Players need to be at least 14 years of age and all abilities welcome.

Players that have Down syndrome and are TVDSA members get FREE registration.

Even if you do not want to play, there will be numerous sponsorship opportunities. Many prizes will be available.


What: 2018 TVDSA Trisomy 21 Open

Where: Eagle Hills Golf Course – 605 N Edgewood Ln, Eagle, ID 83616

When: Saturday, July 21st 2018 – 9 AM Shotgun start – Check-in opens at 7 AM and range opens at 7:45 AM

Why: Fundraiser for TVDSA and to have lots of FUN!

Who: Anyone who likes to play golf

Cost: $85 per Player before June 27th for early registration. Late registration will be $100 per player – Includes Golf, Carts, Lunch and more. Register before June 27th to get the early price!


The tournament will be a scramble/Best Ball format. Go to the registration site for details on tournament fun and what you get for playing.  This is designed for fun and ease – if you can hold a club you can play.

Online registration is OPEN – Register or sponsor now.


If you would like to volunteer for this event you can sign up on our eventbrite site – 2018 TVDSA Trisomy 21 Open – Volunteer Registration

Come on out for some FUN and we hope to see you there!


Many Thanks to our Sponsors – We could not do it without you!!


i can Bike 2018

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who supported the 2018 Treasure Valley iCan Shine Bike Camp.  Your support of our organization allowed us to bring this camp back to the Treasure Valley once again to develop independent bike riders and give the participants confidence to last a lifetime!


Your dedication and support helped us provide an amazing and unforgettable opportunity for individuals with disabilities to learn a new skill that will help them be more fully included in their community.  Together we are promoting awareness and inclusion of ALL individuals.


Thank you again for supporting the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association and the iCan Shine Bike Camp.  We invite you to visit our bike camp Facebook page for photos and videos of the amazing success of the participants:



Lucy Olmos

2018 Bike Camp Director


2018 Treasure Valley iCan Shine Bike Camp Sponsors


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The Mug Shot 03.02.2018 at 7pm

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Please help support our friends at The Percolator Fund

The Mug Shot – Join us for our first event introducing The Percolator Fund, board, mission and plan of action. March 2, 2018 at Java Hyde Park beginning at 7:00 pm featuring a performance by Minor Paradox and handcrafted mugs donated by the potters of Fort Boise Art Center in Boise. Admission is free. The sale of mugs, drinks and auction items will benefit The Percolator Fund.

Download the flyer TheMugShot Wanted

Family Meeting – 2/22/2018

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many Thanks to Charmaine Thaner and Amy Langerman for this interesting and informative interview. If you missed it, you can view the recording on our Facebook page at the link below.


This Month's Topic: 

Fighting For Our Children To Belong

An Arizona family has been standing up to their son’s school district for two years. Their son, who happens to have Down syndrome, was making progress while in his kindergarten class with support of a paraprofessional and some pull out to a special education resource room. In December of his kindergarten year, his parents were notified that he would have to change schools.

The district wanted him to be bussed to a different school, where he would be in a special education class for almost the entire school day. His parents believed this decision was made to save money. Their son is in second grade now; and, because of parental rights, he has remained in his neighborhood school while a final court decision is made. This case is now set to be heard in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Members and friends of TVDSA will have a chance to hear one of the family’s attorneys speak about the possible repercussions of this case for families in Idaho and other states across the country and how we can speak up for our children so they will be seen as competent learners and welcomed in their neighborhood schools

Join in this discussion from the comfort of your own home! TVDSA’s February Family Night will be a Facebook live show on Thursday, February 22, at 7:00 pm. All you have to do is click on our TVDSA Facebook page to view the live show and join the discussion by typing in your comments and questions. The replay of the show will remain on the TVDSA Facebook page

Charmaine Thaner, TVDSA Board member, will be interviewing Amy Langerman, Appellate Counsel for the family. If you aren’t able to be with us live and want a question asked during the show, email c.thaner@



Thursday, February 22nd

7:00 pm



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For more information please contact Charmaine Thaner at