DSAMT Launches 'Special Child' Series

Thu, March 31, 2011 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee is taking a proactive approach to television coverage, creating a series of video segments dedicated to Down syndrome.  My Special Child, created as a brain child of a DSAMT member/mom Edie Howard, began with two introductory segments which aired in March on WSMV in Nashville. 

Howard, who has an 8-year-old daughter with Down syndrome named Jacklynn, envisioned a program that would allow DSAMT to reach out to parents across Middle Tennessee in need of support and information as they raise their own children with Down syndrome. Her idea became the basis for My Special Child, the first ongoing series of television segments dedicated to solely to Down syndrome.

My Special Child will air twice per month on WSMV's More at Midday program, and will provide parents with whort, informative segments totally focused on topics related to the joys and challenges of parenting an individual with Down syndrome throughout their lifespan.  Scheduled to run for 26 segments, the program will provide parents with a library of current research-based information, best practices and success stories.  Audiences will learn what local and national experts have to say on topics concerning individuals with Down syndrome.  Complementing the television segments will be online content at, including links to watch recorded broadcasts of the television segments. 


I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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