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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Connecting The Rainbow

Reece's Rainbow has recently launched a new outreach program - Connecting the Rainbow.

In Eastern Europe parents who have a child with Down syndrome are encouraged to place their baby in an orphanage. There isn't much in the way of support for keeping, and raising, your baby at home.

Because of Reece's Rainbow's support of international adoptions of children with Down syndrome more families are now starting to keep their child with Down syndrome; but they receive no government help for therapies, education, care, or information on how best to help their child reach their full potential.

The goal of Connecting The Rainbow is to provide education, resources and support for these families who are raising their children at home. Informational packets with therapy-related tools will be distributed to families across the region.

Another area of support is helping educate medical and educational professional about the unlimited potential of people who have Down syndrome, along with showing them the appropriate educational and medical interventions to get them there. Connecting the Rainbow will be putting together mission trips to bring medical and educational professional, along with physical and occupational therapists into these regions.

Two moms will be making a trip to Bulgaria and are planning to bring enough parent packets to support the members of Association of Parents of Children with Down Syndrome. Their biggest needs are for oral and fine motor tools and toys. You can help by purchasing something from their Amazon Wish List, participate in the Beyond Play Fundraiser, purchase items from the non-fundraiser Beyond Play wish list, or make a general tax-deductible donation.

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9 comments:

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Karen in NZ said...

Hey there Michelle. I've been following your blog from time to time, but so busy not had time to post like I would like to do.

Happy Birthday next week to your wee man! Our chap turns 9 on Sunday - where does it go?

Loved the reunion with Joe, awesome.

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Bailey's Leaf said...

Do they have a button for such a fundraising event? If they do, let me know. I'd like to keep more informed of their support to the families, education and the continual work toward adoption of these neat kiddos.

Thanks for letting us know about this!

Sari said...

Thank you Michelle for keeping us informed and spreading the news about Reece's Rainbow. I think it is an amazing organization and I am looking forward to the People Magazine article.

We will be joining in on this pledge..

hope you are all healthy and well.

Lu, Poppies Blooming said...

They DO have a button, if you go to their site scroll down and there is a button there, click on GRAB THIS and it will take you to the post with the code for their button!

Marie said...

Thank you so much for publicizing this event and letting us know how we can support this effort.

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Leah said...

Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about Connecting the Rainbow! We are anxiously awaiting the final determination of our Bulgaria travel date! And, thanks to some amazing people, we'll be bringing along several HUGE suitcases full of supplies for the families in Bulgaria.