Family Meeting – 2/22/2018

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Family Meeting – 2/22/2018

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 Our Stories | 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

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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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Paint Nite

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Paint Nite

Inviting all creative spirits! Explore your inner artist while raising money for TVDSA!

We’re hosting a Paint Nite, where a local artist will assist and inspire us while we mix and mingle.

Paint Nite will donate a portion of ticket sales to TVDSA to increase the awareness around Down syndrome so that the whole community will accept and recognize the greatness we see in our loved ones, not just the differences.

So let’s get together for a night of creativity and cocktails for a great cause – please RSVP and register now by clicking the image below:


Amazon Smile

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Our Stories | 0 comments

Amazon Smile


You shop. Amazon gives.
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support TVDSA by shopping at Click below to start shopping NOW.

Giving Tuesday – 2016

Posted by on Nov 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Giving Tuesday – 2016



Thanks to all those who donated this year to support TVDSA.

We look forward to next year!

Giving Tuesday – 11/29/2016

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.

Donate online to support TVDSA for Giving Tuesday on or before 11/29/2016.

Giving Tuesday

This is a secure transaction and can be from a credit card, debit card, or existing PayPal account.

As always, TVDSA appreciates your support.

iCan Bike Camp interview – Our Voice

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

iCan Bike Camp interview – Our Voice

Our own Paul Auger discusses iCan Bike with Our Voice Idaho

iCan Bike Interview