Working Toward Plans for Employment at DSAJ

Peyton Miller has been waiting for this moment since her first day on the job at Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. Five enthusiastic students opened their notebooks and began to take notes about resume writing, how to dress for success, and interview skills. It was their first class of the DSAJ Career Solution Training Academy and …

Tickets Available for Fashionable Show Featuring World’s First Supermodel with Down Syndrome

Get your fashion on at Connectable’s newest event, Fashionable, on Nov. 3 at the Dillard’s in St. Johns Town Center. The fall runway show will feature the world’s first supermodel with Down syndrome, Madeline Stuart, along with local celebrities, store models, and individuals with intellectual and developmental differences (IDDs). General admission and VIP tickets, which …

New Campaign Seeks to Increase Connections for People with IDDs

Consider connecting – as an employer, a volunteer or just as a friend – with someone on the First Coast living with an intellectual and developmental difference. That’s the message of a new community awareness campaign launched this week to enhance connections with people who have IDDs. The Community Foundation’s Susan Edelman appeared on WJXT’s …

New Advertisements Highlight the Contributions of People with IDDs

People with intellectual and developmental differences (IDDs) are too often defined by what they can’t do. But when you take time to connect to someone with an IDD, you’ll discover many ways they can positively impact our community, your business or even your life. Connectable is a new public awareness campaign designed to demonstrate the …

Behind the Scenes of Connectable PSA “The Dance”

The lights were dimmed, everyone was wearing suits and dresses, and the DJ was playing music for the crowd. But this wasn’t your typical prom. In fact, it was a commercial shoot for the Connectable campaign. The advertisement being filmed, titled “The Dance,” tells the story of a teenage volunteer making an unexpected connection with …

Greenhouse Nonprofit Employs People with IDDs

1-800-Flowers.com has become famous for its fast delivery of floral arrangements, but the family who owns the business is now tackling one of the biggest issues in the IDD community: unemployment. Despite having the desire, ability and willingness to work, about 80 percent of adults with IDDs are unemployed. The McCann family, who owns 1-800-Flowers.com, …