Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Our Stories, Uncategorized | 0 comments


Idaho Gives is a statewide, 24-hour giving day taking place on May 3rd, 2018, 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!

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.

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

We really appreciate your support!


Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Our Stories | 0 comments

2018 TV iCan Bike Camp

Back by popular demand!  In partnership with iCan Shine, TVDSA is hosting the 2018 TV iCan Bike Camp.  This camp will once again develop independent bike riders and give the participants confidence to last a lifetime!  At the TV iCan Bike Camp, riders learn to balance, pedal, steer and take off on their own, many in five days or less – a feat parents say is miraculous.

We can’t do this without the help of many volunteers. Check out our camp registration page on the iCan Shine website at the link below for more information about how you can get involved.

When: June 11th – 15th, 2018
Where: YMCA Homecourt, Meridian, ID
Hosted By: Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association

View the 2018 TV iCan Bike Camp flier
Visit our camp registration page on the iCan Shine Website
Paul Auger discusses the 2016 TV iCan Bike with Our Voice Idaho

If you have any questions you can contact the 2018 TV iCan Bike Camp team at


Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Our Stories | 0 comments


TVDSA World Down Syndrome Day 2018

Wednesday, March 21
6:00–8:00 pm
Boise State University -Allen Noble Hall of Fame


Come dance, socialize, and play catch on the Boise State Blue again this year as we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day! Light refreshments will be served. Don’t forget to wear your crazy socks all day to support our loved ones with Down syndrome! Parking will be provided in the lot next to the Allen Noble Hall of Fame. Parking attendants will be there to guide you. If you have any questions about the event, contact Erin Rosenkoetter.


Please help up spread awareness – post and share via social media with the following tags:




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


The Mug Shot 03.02.2018 at 7pm

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

The Mug Shot 03.02.2018 at 7pm

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

Family Meeting – 2/22/2018

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 


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FOOD AND WINE TASTING AND 10 percent will be donated back to TVDSA!
Friday, Dec. 1st SIP2GIVE
Telaya Wine Co
240 E 32nd St, Garden City, Idaho 83714
Noon to 8pm
B-Town Bistro will be here serving up some delicious food!


Kathie Snow

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Kathie Snow






Do you want your child to live the life of their dreams?

Come get energized and let Kathie Snow, international speaker and author, give you concrete ideas to create even more inclusive opportunities for your child.

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 14th from 6:30 – 8:30pm at St. Luke’s in Boise. The event will be held in the Anderson Center South Tower at 190 E. Bannock St. Boise. The room is Ada 3.


This event is free for members of the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association (TVDSA). Click here to register for the event

If you’re not a member, you can get a family membership for only $10.00. Membership is open to all, you don’t need to have a family member with Down syndrome to join.

If you prefer not to join TVDSA, you may register for the workshop and pay $15.00 per person. Click here to register for this dynamic event.

Encourage your friends to register and come discover how new attitudes and perceptions will change the lives of our children.

Contact Charmaine Thaner at for more details.

Unfortunately, childcare will not be available.


2017 Buddy Walk

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

2017 Buddy Walk


Thank you to all who supported our friends and family members with Down syndrome, either in person or in spirit, at the 2017 TVDSA Buddy Walk.  It was a great event and I can’t wait until next year.   Our numbers are in, and we had 1592 registered walkers.  Our wonderful raffle made over $3,300! There are still some strangling invoices, but it appears we made over $30K overall!!! 

A very special thank you to my Buddy Walk Committee this year.  All you guys did an AWESOME job getting everything done this year and all the obstacles we overcame (i.e.: new route)!!  I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you! 

If anyone is interested in being part of this integral part of TVDSA each year, please contact me.  We will start planning the 2018 Buddy Walk the first of the year.  Most communication is via computer with occasional in person meetings.  We would love to have some new committee members with fresh ideas to help it grow and be even better next year!

Barbara Hiler, TVDSA Buddy Walk Chair


Thank You to the 2017 Buddy Walk Sponsors

Idaho Gives – 2017

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Idaho Gives – 2017


Are you ready to be a part of #idahogives?
It’s a day to celebrate all the good going on in our communities!

May 4th is Idaho Gives and TVDSA Needs Your Help.

Please consider supporting TVDSA in the following ways:

Add a book to our Library – $10 to $20
Supply a new parent with an informational basket – $50
Sponsorship for an individual to a local conference – $100
Support a program event for 10 participants – $250
Sponsorship for a family to an out of town conference – $500

You can also contribute to the organization at any amount.

Visit our Idaho Gives page on May 4th by clicking either image and make a donation!


2017 TVDSA Golf Tournament

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

2017 TVDSA Golf Tournament

TVDSA Golf Tournament – 2017

The TVDSA Trisomy 21 Open is Saturday, July 15th

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TVDSA will be hosting the 2017 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: 2017 TVDSA Trisomy 21 Open

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

When: Saturday, July 15th 2017 – 9 AM Shotgun start – Check-in and range before – time TBD

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

Who: Anyone who likes to play golf

Cost: $85 per Player before June 5th for early registration. Late registration will be $100 per player – Includes Golf, Carts, Lunch and more. Register before June 5th to get the early price!

Tournament will be a scramble format.

Online registration is OPEN – Register or sponsor now.

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!!


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