• 21 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Edwards Greenway Grand Palace 24 & RPX 3839 Weslayan Street Houston, TX 77027

    GHFEDS would like to invite the siblings ages 8 and up for a Sib Social to watch the documentary "My Hero Brother" at the Reel Abilities Film Festival in Houston on Wednesday February 21st from 7-830pm.

    This Sib Social is for siblings and parents only.

    Please register for tickets with Reel Abilities, click HERE to register.

    Also register with GHFEDS so we know who will be attending, all siblings will be provided a goody bag with a journal to write down their thoughts about the documentary and will be discussed at the next Sib Social.

    My Hero Brother

    A group of young people with Down syndrome embark on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas accompanied by their typically abled brothers and sisters. Unresolved conflicts and the complexities of growing up with a child who has Down syndrome in the family come to the surface, while a heartwarming and special closeness develops among the siblings as they deal with formidable physical and emotional challenges. The difficult trials and poignant relationships set against the richly colorful backdrop of India open new horizons and deepen our understanding of the challenges young adults with disabilities and their families face.

    Director: Yonatan Nir, Documentary, 78 min, Israel, Hebrew

    Brief Schedule:

    Doors Open: 6:30 pm

    Film Begins: 7:00 pm

    Program Ends: 8:30 PM

    All ReelAbilities Film & Art Festival films are Free of Charge. Space is limited. Advanced Registration is required to reserve your seat. For complete schedule of all events,

    • 23 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Kawas Home - 209 Falcon Lake Circle, Friendswood

    Adult Social

    Bingo and Dancing

    Friday February 23rd from 6-830pm

    Hosted at the Kawas Home

    This social is for adults with Down syndrome ages 18 and up, parents may drop off or stay. We will be serving sandwiches, chips and drinks. They will enjoy playing Bingo, dancing, and winning prizes.

    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Verne Cox MPRC - 5200 Burke Rd, Pasadena 77504

    GHFEDS would like to invite your family for our Exercise Classes at Verne Cox Multipurpose Recreation Center in Pasadena.


    February 24th

    March 10 & 24

    April 14th

    9-10am  -  Ages 14 and below

    10-11am  -  Ages 15 and up


    Verne Cox Multipurpose Recreation Center
    5200 Burke Rd
      Pasadena 77504

    Lets get moving!

    Come join UTMB Physical Therapist Students and PT Faculty for an hour of games, dancing, and much more aimed at getting your child to have fun with exercise. We plan to show participants exciting and easy ways to get active. Equipment and water will be provided so all we need is your child ready to have fun! Please consult with your physician to make sure your child is healthy enough for physical activity. Hope to see y'all there for a great time of activity and socializing!

    Registration is for all dates and free for all family members.

    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • NRG Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    **Registration limit has been reached and is now closed.

    GHFEDS has received 5 HLSR Lil Rustlers Rodeo tickets to give away to our members. You must have a current membership with GHFEDS to register for tickets. Lil Rustlers will be held on Tuesday March 6th starting promptly at 430pm. Each family will receive 4 tickets which includes child with Down syndrome and 3 family members only. In some cases there will be family's that do not need all 4 tickets and extra tickets will be given to family's that request extra tickets, but extra tickets are not guaranteed. If you have more than one child with Down syndrome you must register each child separately.

    You MUST participate in the Lil Rustlers Rodeo, the committee counts all tickets given out, if you are unable to attend the event you must notify GHFEDS immediately so we can find a family to take the tickets. Once you register you will receive participation and indemnity forms to fill out and return no later than February 7th. You will receive tickets and parking passes in the mail before the event.

    Please make sure the participants meet the following criteria:

    1.            Age: between 4 and 10 years of age.

    2.            Weight under 65 lbs.

    3.            Arrive at south end of the Main Arena in NRG Center no later than 4:30 p.m.

    4.            Participant should be able to handle the stimulation of being on the NRG Center Main Arena floor, with cedar chips, lights, cameras, clowns and announcers.

    Registration will close February 7th!

    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Kawas Home - 209 Falcon Lake Circle, Friendswood

    Adult Social

    Pound Fitness
    Tuesday March 6th from 6-8pm
    The Kawas Home in Friendswood

    Come join us for a full body cardio jam session.  We will be using drumsticks (they are specifically made for the workout and called “rip sticks”).
    Pound exercise consists of lunges, squats, and yoga-style bridges paired with drumstick work. 

    Do not wear running shorts, wear long exercise pants or spandex shorts/pants.

    Laura Tacquard, owner of Fitness on the Go in Galveston will be the instructor.

    Rotisserie chicken, veggies, fruit and drinks will be served.

    The Adult Social is for adults with Down syndrome ages 18 and up, parents may drop off or stay, no siblings please.

    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Verne Cox Multipurpose Recreation Center - 5200 Burke Rd, Pasadena 77504

     GHFEDS would like to invite your family in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day!

    We will be celebrating with a Silly Sock Dance on Saturday March 24th from 6-8pm at Verne Cox Multipurpose Recreation Center in Pasadena.

     Wear your silly socks and dance the night away, we will be crowning a WDSD King and Queen who has the silliest socks so be creative! Entertainment includes DJ, dancing, basketball, games, clown, balloon art and face painting.

    We will be serving dinner (TBA), snacks and drinks.

    In honor of WDSD GHFEDS donates $5000 annually for Down syndrome research to LuMind Foundation. The mission of LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome so they:

    • participate more successfully in school
    • lead more active and independent lives, and
    • avoid the early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Thank you for celebrating WDSD with GHFEDS!

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • United Way - 1300 Bay Area Blvd Bldg A, Houston 77058

    GHFEDS would like to invite you to our Parent Educational Meeting about Behavior Therapy for Children with Down syndrome presented by Kari Rote of New Heights Pediatric Therapies.

    Date: Tuesday March 27th
    Time: Dinner 6-630pm
    Presentation 630-8pm
    Location: United Way
    1300 Bay Area Blvd Bldg A
    Houston 77058
    Presentation Room 230
    Childcare Room 233

    Childcare will be provided, we will be serving sandwiches, chips, veggies and fruit for parents and chicken nuggets, chips, veggies and fruit for kids.

    Attendees will understand causes of challenging behavior, assessment, and basic interventions utilized to intervene with behavior. We will also discuss motivational issues vs. skill deficits and how applied behavior analysis can be utilized to break down complex skills for teaching to mastery. A question and answer session will follow in regards to family behavioral challenges, teaching difficulties, or general ABA questions.

    Kari Rote is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or BCBA with 10 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Autism. She graduated from the University of Houston- Clear Lake in May of 2012 with a Master of Arts degree in Behavior Analysis and was certified as a BCBA in the Fall of 2012.She has provided consumer focused services in a local school district, in state facilities, in private homes, and in privately owned Home and Community-based Services or HCS group homes and day habs, and at larger residential facilities.

    Kari sees in-clinic ABA clients at New Heights Pediatric Therapies  as well as maintains her own caseload of in-home clients and contracts with school districts for Independent Educational Evaluations.

    • 07 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Frankie Carter Randolph Park - Pavilion #2, 5150 FM 2351, Friendswood, TX 77546

    GHFEDS would like to invite your family for our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 7th from 2-4pm at Frankie Carter Randolph Park Pavilion #2 in Friendswood.

    The kids will enjoy hunting for eggs and taking pictures with the Easter Bunny. Snacks and drinks will be provided. All kids will be provided a Easter egg basket for hunting eggs or you can bring your own, and kids with Down syndrome will be receiving a Special Egg.

    Registration will close April 2nd to prepare for the event!

    • 27 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Camp Blessing - 9402 Palestine Rd, Brenham 77833
    • 23

    GHFEDS would like to invite your family for a GHFEDS Family Retreat at Camp Blessing!

    Date: April 27th - 29th
    Time: Arrival and departure time is 2pm
    Location: Camp Blessing
    9402 Palestine Rd
    Brenham, Tx 77833

    Your family will enjoy a weekend filled with swimming, outdoor and indoor games, sports activities, rock wall, zip line, giant swing, canoeing, catch and release fishing.

    Camp Blessing has private cabin rooms (sleeps 2-6 people, twin/double/queen, if you're a family of 7 or more you will have 2 cabin rooms), bunk beds will only be used if we have over 90 people attending, private and shared bathrooms, wheel chair friendly facility with roll in showers, meals will be provided, buddies will be onsite for the children with Down syndrome but it will not be 1:1 like what is offered during summer camps. All activities are family oriented but there will be a presentation by Camp Blessing staff for parents only, camp buddies will be entertaining the siblings and kids with Down syndrome during the presentation.

    Schedule of events will be posted soon.

    Cost for family retreat is $160 per person.

    GHFEDS will be paying in full for the children with Down syndrome and half ($80) for one parent only, this offer is for 35 GHFEDS families.

    Payments for the rest of family members are as follows (does not include child with Down syndrome) :

    1 Parent - $80
    Family of 2 - $240
    Family of 3 - $400
    Family of 4 - $560
    Family of 5 - $720
    Family of 6 - $880
    Family of 7 - $1040

    Deadline to register and pay in full is April 2nd.

    Camp Blessing registration forms will be sent out soon to families who registered.

     You must have a current GHFEDS Annual Membership to register, if you need to renew membership or join membership click here.

    For more information about Camp Blessing and their summer camps for individuals with special needs visit their website at Camp Blessing.

    • 05 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Challenger 7 Memorial Park Pavilion #2 - 2301 W. NASA Blvd, Webster, Texas 77598
    Spring Has Sprung

      Join GHFEDS for our annual Family Spring Social at Challenger 7 Memorial Park, Pavilion #2, on Saturday May 5th from 2-5pm.

       Kids will enjoy the playgrounds, volleyball, obstacle course, spin art, sno-cones, clown, face painting, balloon art, DJ, dancing, pinata, bubbles, and games.

    Fajita's with all the fixings, snacks and drinks will be provided.

GHFEDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit support organization serving the Greater Clear Lake area, including South Houston, Pearland, Pasadena, League City, Galveston, and other surrounding areas.

P.O. Box 891093
Houston, TX 77289

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