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OUR MISSION
Father’s Joy is a non-profit Christian organization whose message is based on the Bible and whose ministry is based on the love of God.

Our mission is to minister and provide support and information to families of children with disabilities.
CONTACT US
P.O. Box 16364
Sugar Land, TX 77496-6364

Phone: (281) 630-2885
Fax (281) 605-5476
Info@fathersjoy.org
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EVENTS


Friday, May 16, 2014







Saturday, February 1, 2014
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Children's Book Published Get Yours Today!



Every child is special and plays an important role in the lives of their class peers. Drawing from her own experience in supporting friends with disabilities, eighth grade author, Madison Breau, reminds us of how important love and support from class friends can be in a child's life.

Click the book to purchase online. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of this book is donated to Father's Joy.
PUBLICATIONS

Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis
As part of our "Medically Speaking." program, Father's Joy participates in giving lectures to medical residents at Houston's Texas Children's Hospital on how to deliver a diagnosis of Down syndrome. It is our goal to help ensure that medical professionals are not only prepared to deliver a diagnosis of Down syndrome but also have access to the most accurate, balanced and up-to-date information available, for themselves and the families they support.  To that end, Father's Joy distributes a booklet entitled "Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis" published by Lettercase and reviewed by representatives of the national medical and Down syndrome organizations.  A digital copy of this booklet is now available at http://lettercase.org/get-the-booklet/



Order the “Living With Down Syndrome: Turning Fear Into Hope” DVD today!
Learn from people with Down syndrome and their families how to turn the fear of living with a disability into the hope of living full, productive and valuable lives.
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NEWS



2014 Including You/T21 Conference: SOLD OUT for Wrightslaw!



  On Saturday, February 1, Father’s Joy, The Rise School and Greater Clear Lake Families Exploring Down Syndrome hosted the 5th annual Including You/T21 Conference and it was a sold out event! Instead of offering classes in the multi-strand model, the conference presented a full-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Training taught by Pete Wright of Wrightslaw. In addition, the conference presented a Sibling Workshop, facilitated by Dr. Brian Skotko and Sue Levine, for children who have siblings with Down syndrome.  

The conference is traditionally kicked off by an inspiring morning keynote and this year was no different. This year, keynote speaker Ashley DeRamus is a sister, friend, entrepreneur, advocate, singer, public speaker, swimmer, music video star, fashion designer and one amazing young woman who just happens to have Down syndrome! Ashley offered the audience a glimpse into her life and her amazing accomplishments, giving families, educators and advocates an example of what people with disabilities can do if given the opportunity.  

The sold out crowd of more than 350 learned from Pete Wright not only where to find the law pertaining to special education and the IEP process, but also how it applies practically in schools. With their registration, participants were given three Wrightslaw books to take home and use as resources. In addition, 44 siblings of children with Down syndrome spent the day with Dr. Brian Skotko and Sue Levine discussing their thoughts, feelings and perspectives on having a sibling with Down syndrome and learning some about genetics and what Down syndrome is.  Dr. Skotko and Ms. Levine also offered an insightful lunch keynote presentation on “What your children without Down syndrome are thinking: Sibling Issues.”  

Special thanks to our speakers, Ashley DeRamus, Sue Levine, Dr. Brian Skotko, and Pete Wright, and to all our volunteers who helped with registration, manning vendor tables, A/V, lunch set-up, childcare and the sibling workshop. Thanks to the staff and volunteers at St. John the Divine and to our incredible Partners this year, Down Syndrome Association of Houston (Keynote Partner), Reach (Program Partner), Hope Orthotics & Prosthetics (Program Partner) and all our Workshop Partners.  

Finally, thanks to all who participated in the conference this year and helped make it a huge success!
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