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Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for persons with Down syndrome by promoting inclusive environments, by advocating respect, dignity, and appropriate supports for people who have Down syndrome and by providing accurate information to parents, families and the community.
The Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association (TVDSA) was founded in 1982 by parents who had children with Down syndrome in the Treasure Valley. Their goal was to provide support and information, especially to new parents. TVDSA is the longest running parent organization in Idaho. TVDSA incorporated in 1992 and received its advanced ruling as a 501 (c) (3) organization on June 3, 1993. The Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association is a completely volunteer based organization, with no paid staff. Many hours are given by a number of dedicated family members and self advocates who contribute to the success of TVDSA and ensure its continued growth.
TVDSA has partnered with another 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, iCan Shine, based in Pennsylvania, who collaborates with local organizations to host their iCan Bike programs in cities throughout North America. Each of the last several years they've conducted about 100 iCan Bike programs in 32 states and 2 Provinces in Canada serving nearly 3,000 people with disabilities each year. iCan Bike holds week-long camps in which they teach individuals with various disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become lifelong independent riders.
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