NDSS sent this email:

Dear Affiliates,

We are thrilled to announce that 500 Barnes & Noble stores across the country will hold special “Storytime” events for children ages six to eight in February to raise awareness about Down syndrome.

The events will also incorporate readings from Melissa Riggio’s article “I Have Down Syndrome,” which was recently published in National Geographic Kids. Melissa is the 18-year-old daughter of Steve Riggio, CEO of Barnes & Noble, Inc. and a member of the National Down Syndrome Society’s Board of Directors.

Melissa wrote in her article, “It’s true that I don’t learn some things as fast as other people. But that won’t stop me from trying. I just know that if I work really hard and be myself, I can do almost anything.”

We encourage you to contact the Community Relations Manager at your local Barnes & Noble store(s) to get involved in these exciting events! You can participate by:

Encouraging your members to attend the events through your web site, e-mail distribution, and/or newsletter;

Assisting your B&N Community Relations Manager with local media outreach;

Providing brochures, flyers or other materials about your local group’s programs to be available at the events (Note: A limited number of copies of the “About Down Syndrome” brochure from NDSS will be available at each event);

Following up with schools/educators in your community after the event with information about Everyone Counts: Teaching Acceptance & Inclusion, the NDSS disability awareness curriculum for grades K-6.

Please click here to see the list of Barnes & Noble stores participating in the Down syndrome awareness events and their respective Community Relations Managers. (If there is not a Community Relations Manager at your local store, you can contact the main number listed.)

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Geller at egeller@ndss.org or 212-763-4379

6 thoughts on “NDSS sent this email:

  1. I suppose a person could add NEW CONTENT to a blog rather than goofing around with the format…I am still trying to find my “look” I think. The other one seemed very news-y and so I think that’s why I was posting so many news stories…
    Thanks for bearing with me as I find my way!

  2. I think this is a great idea. I know it is silly but I feel so overlooked and ‘on the outside’ when NONE of the local bookstores in my area have anything on parenting a child with DS. In fact they basically MIGHT have one on ADHD or perhaps Autism Spectrum Disorder – but that is it – nothing else in the rows about ‘perfect’, ‘normal’ children that might intimate that parenthood is a rich and varied road. Lots on how to make ‘super’ intelligent kids though.

  3. My wife is a Community Relations Manager for B&N and was telling me about this. Apparently Steve Riggio is very supportive of special needs projects; if you go to any B&N and look at the parenting section, there will likely be a special display for special needs parenting. I know it’s fashionable to knock the big bookseller chains, but you won’t get an ill word from me.

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