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Mission Statement The International Down Syndrome Community (IDSC) is the foremost social media organization in the Down syndrome community. We foster the dignity and respect of people with Down syndrome with a focus on connecting, supporting, and empowering individuals with Down syndrome and their families from diagnosis and throughout life by providing online communities, collaboration with local and national partners, and connection to local support through regional events.

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Welcome Dear IDSC Families, Hello and welcome to the 6th Annual International Down Syndrome Community (IDSC) Family Weekend at Great Wolf! Thank you for joining us in our biggest and best event yet! Whether this is your first year or you are joining us for the 6th time or somewhere in between, we are ecstatic to have you here this year! THANK YOU for your continuous support of this event! This year we are proud to host over 900 families across events at 17 locations in the United States and Canada! We are so excited to have you join us for this fun family weekend! We hope you enjoy your weekend here at Great Wolf Lodge. You will find the staff to be wonderful and very helpful. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Great Wolf Lodge staff and also to your local IDSC volunteer coordinator – who has been planning this event for the last 12 months! Our social media reach is the most extensive and wide-reaching of any Down syndrome organization. With nearly 260,000 Facebook page “likes”, we see our post reach hit tens of millions during the weekend of our event at Great Wolf. While having fun this weekend, be sure to take lots of pictures! Feel free to tag the IDSC in your photos on social media. Tag us on Instagram (@theidsc), Facebook (International Down Syndrome Community - IDSC) and Twitter (idsctweets) with hashtags #IDSC18 and #IDSCGWL18. If you are a leader or volunteer for your local organization and would like more information about the IDSC, please contact us (info@theidsc.org) for brochures and additional information on our Facebook family support groups.

Sincerely, Beth Sullivan, IDSC Chairman of the Board Michelle Slape, IDSC Executive Director Shannon Paul, IDSC Director of Events

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Shannon Paul IDSC Director of Events IDSC Great Wolf Lodge National Coordinator Welcome to the International Down Syndrome Community's weekend at Great Wolf Lodge! I hope you make some new connections as well as renew old ones. My kids, especially the one with down syndrome, look forward to this event all year! I love walking around the resort and seeing all the families that "get it". I started out as coordinator for the New England region and then took on the role as National Coordinator because I want to see this event keep growing and growing. I think bringing families together is so amazing! Thank you all for making this event one of the best in our community!

Beth Sullivan IDSC Chairman of the Board My name is Beth Sullivan and I'm the Chairman of the International Down Syndrome Community. I live in Mississippi with my husband Mike and sons Oliver, 14, with Down syndrome, and Sebastian, 12, and our dog Percy and cat MaryBerry.

Please allow me to welcome you to the 6th annual IDSC Family Weekend at Great Wolf Lodge! We are so thrilled you're joining us and we hope you have a fabulous weekend of fun, relaxation, and time connecting with other families! It's hard to believe this began 6 years ago with 5 locations and a couple hundred families and this year more than 900 families are joining us at 17 locations across the United States and Canada! Please never hesitate to reach out to me. Email me at Beth@theidsc.org.

Michelle Slape IDSC Executive Director IDSC Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove Coordinator Welcome to the 2018 IDSC Great Wolf Lodge Family Weekend! It is hard to believe that this is the 6th year of the event. I have been involved with the event since its conception and it has been amazing to watch it grow to what it is today! My family and I look forward to this event every year. There is something to be said about being amongst hundreds of other families that understand the journey you are on. It fills my heart with joy to see the community that we have built. I hope that this weekend means as much to you as it does to my family and I. Have a wonderful time this weekend!


Thank you! A huge and very special THANK YOU goes out to all of our generous event donors and sponsors! This weekend would not be possible without the thoughtful support of businesses, partners and personal donations. These donations and sponsorships make our event successful and memorable and they are an important part of helping families in the Down syndrome community to connect, relax and have fun. We hope we can count on you for next year's IDSC Family Weekend! If you would like information about sponsoring our 2019 IDSC Great Wolf Lodge Family Weekend, please email us at info@theidsc.org.

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Garden Grove, CA Sponsors Bronze Sponsor

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Sponsors

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Grand Mound, WA Sponsor

Gold Sponsor Thank you to our anonymous donor!

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Grapevine, TX Sponsors Platinum Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor www.daymarkliving.com

Bronze Sponsor www.dspnt.org

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Gurnee, IL Sponsors Bronze Sponsors

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Kansas City, KS Sponsors Silver Sponsor www.edwardschevroletcadillac.com

Bronze Sponsor

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New England, MA Sponsors Gold Sponsors www.21friends.org

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Silver Sponsors www.downsyndromewm.org www.rihwc.com

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Pocono Mountains, PA Sponsors Sponsors www.lancasterdsa.org

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Williamsburg, VA Sponsor Bronze Sponsor

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Thank you for your donation! Charlotte/Concord, NC Sure Coat Sealer & Striping Co. Sandy Bell Sandusky, OH Christina Taylor James Kotick Amber Witschey

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Save the Date! We are excited to announce the dates for the 2019 and 2020 Great Wolf Lodge Family Weekends:

September 20-22, 2019 September 18-20, 2020 In 2020, we will also be adding Arizona/Scottsdale, AZ to our list of locations!

Stay tuned for announcements on room rates and reservation codes. If you have not already, be sure to join the Facebook Group for your Great Wolf Lodge location. Groups can be found at

IDSCGWLGroups.theidsc.org We hope to see you again in 2019!

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Special Thank You This weekend would not be possible without the partnership and the work of these very special companies and individuals: Great Wolf Lodge HelmsBriscoe Beth Sullivan - IDSC Chairman of the Board Kim Warren - IDSC Director of Social Media and Treasurer Coordinators Shannon Paul - National Coordinator and New England/Fitchburg, MA Michelle Slape - IDSC Executive Director and Garden Grove, CA Shanta Prevette - Charlotte/Concord, NC Brandy Hellard - Cincinnati/Mason, OH Deedra Treft - Colorado Springs, CO Andrea Graham - Grand Mound, WA Saqib Mujtaba - Grapevine, TX Kaylee Montag - Gurnee, IL Kambrala Frederick - Kansas City, KS Christina Ellis - LaGrange, GA Leslie Sieleni - Minneapolis, MN Eleanor Micallef - Niagara Falls, Canada Amanda Mulikin - Pocono Mountain, PA Amber Witschey - Sandusky, OH Christa Killgore - Traverse City, MI Bobbi Jo Kraemer - Williamsburg, VA Beth Wisnieski - Wisconsin Dells, WI

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