From LPB, “A great day today at the MA State House advocating for people with Down syndrome. Of importance to us – Bill S2157/H4040 to ensure continuation and increased funding for Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment initiative so students with IDD can continue to have inclusive higher education opportunities at MA colleges and universities.”

For more coverage on the MDSC’s Annual Advocacy Day, visit

From LPB, “Maureen Blazejewski, M.Ed., one of our educational consultants, who also serves as Director of Education of the MDSC will be hosting a free webinar next Wed, May 25 at 12:00 PM EST – IEP Development: Considerations for Effective Advocacy

Coming together with your child’s team each year can be both exciting and stressful as you reflect upon your child’s progress and plan out for the new areas of focus over the next calendar year. This webinar will offer parents information, insight and tips that will lead to more effective communication and advocacy as you come together with your district team to plan for your child’s educational needs.”

REGISTER HERE:…/6021879324322698500

From LPB, “Lovely to watch this young lady with Down syndrome with the Zumba moves! Won’t you love to try Yulissa Arescurenaga’s class?”

By Tiare Dunlap |

When Yulissa Arescurenaga took her first Zumba class in 2008, she dreamed of one day making it her life’s work by becoming a certified instructor. The only problem was that there were no other instructors out there like Arescurenaga, who has Down syndrome.

P.C.: flickr

Join us on Wednesday, May 18 at the MA State House where we will be advocating for two bills together with the MDSC to ensure that all people with Down syndrome have opportunities to lead meaningful fulfilling lives in the community. This free event includes lunch and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend – please register at the link below. The two bills concern non-discrimation in access to organ transplants (people with DS are at the bottom of the list) and inclusive higher education for people with IDD to attend state college with their non-disabled peers.