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Mile High Down Syndrome Association to become Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association 32 Year Old Organization Offers Services to Constituents Outside Denver and Colorado

DENVER, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mile High Down Syndrome Association announced the rebranding of the organization to Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association. The name change reflects the evolving role the organization has played in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain area in the past few years.

"Our new name accurately positions our organization to serve the Down syndrome community with an expanded geographic reach, " explains Mac Macsovits, executive director of Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association. "We have served the community for over 32 years and we are excited about the role we will take in facilitating our programs and services to constituents outside Denver and Colorado, including Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Montrose, as well as eastern Utah and Wyoming, "added Macsovits.

For more than three decades, the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association has been serving Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, providing support to 8,000 expectant parents, family members, medical professionals, therapists, and caregivers of children and adults with Down syndrome.  The Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association coordinates new parent visits, hosts community support groups, works with school districts throughout Colorado (representing over 300,000 students) and offers educational programs to parents, self-advocates, the medical community, and caregivers.

Most recently, Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association added the Higher Visions for Education program (formerly known as ALIVE! class), a life skills program specifically designated to adults with Down syndrome. The class is currently adding cooking and art education components and is planning to increase its existing number of students.

Through the increased support of the community, in the past couple of  years, The Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association's flagship fundraiser and awareness event, the Step Up For Down Syndrome, has become one of the top three Down syndrome benefit walks in the nation, through the participation of over 4,200 families and friends and by raising a record $280,000.

Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association attracts the support of key organization, including The Daniels Fund, the Anschutz Foundation, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, Macy's, Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, ARC Thrift Stores, Anadarko, Encana, HealthONE, Nelnet, and more. (Please add all the sponsors you deem worth mentioning-good way to thank them).

For more information about the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association programs and services, please visit the new www.rmdsa.org website or call 303-797-1699.

Down syndrome is the most frequent chromosomal disorder in the United States accounting for 1 in 691 live births.  There are more than 400,000 people in the US and millions worldwide with the condition. 

About Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association
Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association (RMDSA) serves people living in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain area with Down syndrome, as they strive to live independent and empowered lives. Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association provides families and caregivers with information, tools and resources to support children and family members with Down syndrome. An integral part of RMDSA's mission israising awareness and education about Down syndrome at the state and national level.

Contact: Mac Macsovits
(303)756-6069 or macm@rmdsa.org

SOURCE Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association




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