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Volume #2, Newsletter #13 November 2016






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Dear Friends of the Down Syndrome Program,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for our many supporters and friends in the Down syndrome community.  We are thrilled to introduce our new psychologist, Amy Young, who has officially joined our team and offers psychological testing and behavioral consultation.  We also pleased to offer educational guidance with staff in our program.

With the Thanksgiving holiday and Giving Tuesday we would like to extend our gratitude for all of your support and generosity.  We look forward to seeing all of you soon!

Dr. Nicole Baumer
Director, Down Syndrome Program

Angela Lombardo
Program Coordinator, Down Syndrome Program

Welcome Dr Amy Young!

Amy Young, Psy.D. is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree
inpsychology from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH and then headed to Chicago to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wheaton College. Amy first became interested in working with children with developmental disabilities as an undergraduate after spending two summers volunteering at a social rehabilitation camp and orphanages in eastern Ukraine.

While in graduate school, she specialized in the assessment and behavioral treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She also has extensive training working with children with pediatric feeding disorders, chronic medical conditions, and psychiatric illnesses.

Amy completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. She was also a fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (LEND), which focused on disability policy and advocacy. During her fellowship Amy came to love working with the children and families in the Down Syndrome Program and is delighted to be joining us as a staff psychologist. In her free time, Amy enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Inclusive Yoga Class with Dr Emily Davidson!

Thank you to the Bisazza Family!

We are so grateful to Wendy and Brian Bisazza for their support and fundraising through their annual Action for Jackson Motorcycle Ride.  It was a rainy Saturday in October but they had a wonderful turnout and so much fun that day!  

Money raised will go to very exciting iniatives in our Down Syndrome Program.

If you would like to join the Bisazza family in supporting our program, please visit our Giving page.


Is your child due for their annual clinic visit?  Appointments this winter are filling up quickly!  We customize each child's visit. Reach out and let us know what we can do to help plan your appointments.  Our Down Syndrome Program providers are seeing patients on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and our interdisciplinary baby/toddler clinic is on Thursday mornings.

More information about our clinics is available on our website.

Please contact Angela to discuss your needs and set up an appointment!

Our Program Coordinator, Angela Lombardo manages all of the appointments for our program.  She will provide you with the times and dates. There has been some confusion over the automatic messages, texts, and emails families are receiving from the hospital. We are working on fixing this.  In the meantime, please contact Angela if there are any questions or concerns about your appointment information, or if you need to make changes to your appointment time!  The sooner you know of a change in plans, the better so we can accommodate other families in need. 
Our Vision

All individuals with Down syndrome are physically and emotionally healthy, engaged at their highest capacity in school or vocation, have meaningful family and social relationships, and are valued members of their communities.

Our Mission

To partner with families, interdisciplinary providers, and researchers to evaluate, treat, and investigate medical, cognitive, neurodevelopmental, educational, mental health, behavioral and social needs of individuals with Down syndrome from the time of diagnosis until transition to adult care.