Our Stories

2022 Albertsons Boise Open

Posted by on Apr 28, 2022 in Our Stories, Uncategorized | 0 comments

TVDSA Golf Fans! TVDSA is excited to announce the return of the 33rd Annual Albertsons Boise Open this August 18–21, at Hillcrest Country Club! Thanks to Albertsons, 100% of all ticket sales will support local Boise charities! TVDSA is participating again this year with a new, simplified format. Go to TVDSA’s Boise Open site to purchase tickets, and please encourage your friends and family to do the same. NEW this year, the tournament will feature three nights of exciting CONCERTS AFTER GOLF on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights on the 18th hole at Hillcrest and concert admission...

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2022 TVDSA Walk For Down Syndrome

Posted by on Mar 21, 2022 in Our Stories, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The TVDSA Walk for Down Syndrome 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.  This year we had to change up a few things to celebrate our Walk for Down Syndrome. While we are rebuilding and reimagining the Walk we have decided to change the venue and date. This year the Walk will be at Indian Creek Plaza, on Sunday, October 16th 2022. REGISTER NOW Create a team of your own or...

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Our Stories – Charlotte Rice

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Our Stories | 0 comments

Our daughter, Charlotte, was born early at 27 weeks. We had had an inkling that she might have Down syndrome based on preliminary clues that our doctor had seen but never got any sort of confirmation before I went into labor. When she was born, there were so many other complications that Down syndrome seemed really trivial as far as things we should be concerned about. But as she got healthier, it was something that started worrying me. What did Down syndrome mean? What things would she be able to do? How different was this going to be from what I had been expecting? We received a...

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Our Stories – Charlie and Milo McConnel

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

My name is Julie McConnel and my youngest boys, Charlie and Milo, are fraternal twins both with a diagnosis of Down syndrome. We received the news of our double lottery win when I was about 18 weeks pregnant. At the time we had no idea just how lucky we were and we struggled with the uncertainty of a future raising not just one, but two children with an extra chromosome. We were afraid we might not be the best equipped to care for them and even considered finding an adoptive family for them. I’m so thankful that we chose to act in faith rather than fear and decided to parent our two boys,...

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Amazon Smile

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

Amazon Prime Day is coming. July 12th and 13th 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 smile.amazon.com.  Click below to start shopping...

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End the R-word

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in Our Stories, Uncategorized | 2 comments

We created this video in support of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, an on-going initiative from Special Olympics and Best Buddies to eradicate the derogatory use of the word “retard(ed)” from everyday use and promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Five siblings of individuals with Down syndrome in Idaho’s Treasure Valley volunteered to help us spread the word that their brother or sister with Down syndrome is not defined by their disability. A big thanks to all those who helped us create this video by...

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