It is with great sadness...

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our dear friend and president, Kathy Ratkiewicz. The Michiana Down syndrome community has lost one of our biggest champions. Many of us have Kathy to thank for helping us find solutions and guiding us through this world of Down syndrome.  Through all those who she has touched, her legacy will live on.   There was so much more that Kathy had wanted to accomplish, she gave so much of herself to this organization and we hope to honor her as we strive to continue the work she loved so dearly.
Kathy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this spring and was receiving treatment in Indianapolis.  Sadly, her condition deteriorated over the past weeks and she went home to be with the Lord early this morning in Indianapolis with her family at her side.  She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew her and loved her so much.There will be a graveside service at 3:30 pm on Friday, June 13 at Southlawn Cemetery.   There will also be a Remembrance and Celebration of Life Service next Friday, June 20th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Michiana Down Syndrome Center. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to please make all donations to Michiana Down Syndrome in memory of Kathy. Southlawn Cemetery Address: 61300 U.S. 31, South Bend, IN 46614 Phone:(574) 291-3782 Michiana Down Syndrome Center 2448 Miracle Lane, Mishawaka, IN 46545 (Town & Country Shopping Center)
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7th Annual Special Needs and Transition Fair

 Saturday March 29, 2014 9:00 am to 1:00 pm At the IUSB Student Activity Center 1700 Mishawaka Ave South Bend, IN

Information and resources for individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them.

Click here for full list of participating organizaitons and resources available:  2014 resource fair Click here for for the flyer with information about the Scouts event: Boy Scout Flyer Coordinated By: The Down Sydrome Family Support and Advocacy Group In Partnership With: The South Bend Community School Corporation, Joint Services for Special Education School City of Mishawaka and Penn-Harris Madison School Corporation and The Master of Social Work Program at IUSB. Fair hosted By IUSB. Spanish translators will be available, please check at registration desk if a translator is needed. Please contact Kathy at 574-234-0590 if you have any questions. Free parking in the lot off of 20th street.     
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canceled - DS Family Winter Tubing Party

Canceled - Winter tubing Party

Due to low RSVP's we are canceling the winter party

Date: February 22, 2014 Time: 12:00pm to 3:00pm Place: Ferrettie/Baugo Creek 57057 Ash Road, Osceola, Indiana 46561 RSVP: Anne- 574-243-3808 Kathy - 574-234-0590 Potluck lunch served at 12:30pm Main dish, tableware and soft drinks provided by the Group. Please bring a dish to share. There will be tubing after lunch for all those who want to participate and then come back for some hot coco. All ages welcome to attend-you don’t have to tube-we have a heated, indoor room by the tubing hill where you can relax, eat, and the kids can do a craft. For directions go to:

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