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


Idaho Power ECF - $500

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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 


Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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






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

Join us for the 15th Annual TVDSA Buddy Walk
Event: Saturday, October 14th
On-Site registration and will call pick up 9:00am-10:30am
Walk from Capital Park at 11:00am
Celebrate at Julia Davis Park until 2:00pm
Check out our NEW registration webpage and
register online through September 30th for lowest prices at:
TVDSA Members with Down syndrome can register for FREE!
for the coupon code for TVDSA members!
Live Entertainment  ●  Raffle  ●  Games  ●  Prizes  ●  Food
Bounce Houses  ●  Vendor Row  ●  Merchandise  ●  Fun for ALL!
Early T-shirt pick-up will be available for those that register before September 22nd
Date and location will be emailed to the team leaders.
Questions? Please contact: Barbara Hiler at



Idaho Gives – 2017

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


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!


Paint Nite

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

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 Uncategorized | 0 comments


Amazon Prime Day is coming. July 15th and 16th there will be deals galore. When you save you help TVDSA! Tell all your friends and family.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

You shop. Amazon gives.
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.