We are excited to bring to the community the 6th Annual Community CARES (Community Advocating Resources for Every Special citizen), Walk and Expo. The Clarksville Association for Down syndrome and City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation have partnered together again.  The event last year was a huge success with over 50 vendors participating in the expo and over 600 walkers walking to make a difference. This community event is for our special citizens and their families to aid in bringing awareness and resources to them. The Community CARES event and our organization receive no government funds. The objective of Community CARES is to provide awareness to our special citizens and the community about health, wellness, safety, education and much more. One CADS - Community CARES Event Logoelement of the event will be a pledge walk around the pond at Liberty Park. The event will provide opportunities for area businesses to market the specific services they offer to Special Citizens and their families plus the general public.

As you may be aware the Clarksville Association for Down syndrome (CADS) is a non-profit organization and has been providing support to local families since 2009. The primary source of funding for CADS is from corporate sponsors, such as yourself. Community CARES helps enable us to bring a multitude of programs to our community and surrounding area. The funds provided by this event will give us the ability to spread our mission and provide the following programs to our community:

 

 

  • Totes for Teaching- an outreach program where new parents and expecting parents will receive a tote with information and up to date resources regarding Down syndrome.
  • Technology for Teachers – Year-to-date, CADS has awarded 162 IPads to Special Education teachers within the nine counties we serve. CADS initiated the grant process to provide needed technology in special education classrooms so all Special Citizens have an opportunity to overcome issues with learning.
  • Making Memories Program – CADS has partnered with Camp for Courageous Kids (CCK) in Scottsville, Ky. Fifteen families are able to participate in a weekend filled with fun and engaging activities geared toward the child with special needs.