(PORT WENTWORTH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will be participating in the first annual southeastern regional conference August 21st and 22nd at the Holiday Inn Express in Pt. Wentworth, GA. Approximately 25 representatives from 13 different Down syndrome support organizations located throughout Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas will be gathering to form a Regional Council. The council will be created in an effort to join forces and share ideas, initiate projects, plan events, and support legislature that further enhances the outreach, education and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families.

Established in 2006, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit family support group designed to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. The LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society, a national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

These societies envision and promote a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community allow people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society now provides outreach to families in eight local counties. Families are encouraged to bring their children with them to meetings, which are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. These gatherings usually include a guest speaker as well as social time for families to meet and share with one another. For more information call John or Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or visit the website at .

//////////////// Distributed by on the Local NewsWire™ Marjorie Young, President 912-844-9990 Writer: LEIGH DONOVAN PRC: ELIZABETH GARCIA Date: 8/17/ 09

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