There are many resources for families or individuals with disabilities in the the surrounding areas of Mitchell County. Here are just a few of the local resources available:

The Western North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance

The mission of the Western North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance is to help create a
community that will be educated, supportive and inclusive of individuals with Down Syndrome.


Curt Euler, President


Aktion Club of Mayland

Aktion Club is open to any adult, age 18 years or older who has a disability and is interested in performing community service and having fun. Every Aktion Club annually elects its own officers and organizes its members into committees.

Aktion Club meetings are similar to Kiwanis meetings, are conducted once a week or every two weeks, and last about one hour. A meeting may include business discussions, informative or educational programs, entertainment, and refreshments


Joe Miller

(828) 765-1711

Shortbus Studio: Intuitive Art Gallery

Yancey Residential Services is a private, non-profit agency which provides a variety of programs and services to individuals with serious developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome.

The agency recently opened an outsider art gallery called Shortbus Studio. The gallery provides adults with developmental disabilities an opportunity to express their natural artistic ability and sense of humor. The gallery allows these artists to publicly present original designs, and to generate funds to help support this project.


414 East Main Street, Burnsville, NC

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Down Syndrome Facts

• Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
• Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies is born with Down syndrome.
• There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
• Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
• The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
• People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.
• A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.
• Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades – from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.
• People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.
• All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.
• Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
• Researchers are making great strides in identifying the genes on Chromosome 21 that cause the characteristics of Down syndrome. Many feel strongly that it will be possible to improve, correct or prevent many of the problems associated with Down syndrome in the future.

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National Down Syndrome Society

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Family Support Network of Western North Carolina
A parent to parent program for families of people needs who live in western North Carolina.

Woodbine House
Web source for books on disabilities, specifically for parents, children, teachers and professionals.

Special Olympics (Buncombe County & NC)

F.I.R.S.T. is a nonprofit, parent driven and family centered organization started in 2001, which stands for Families’ Information Resource Support and Technology. We are an information clearinghouse, resource center, and unique source of support for families of children with disabilities. F.I.R.S.T. educates and trains parents to be the best advocate for their children with disabilities. We are in partnership with Asheville Parks and Recreation Department in Buncombe County, Center for Inspired Education and Mars Hill College, Special Education Department. Our Mission is to help persons with disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community by supporting and educating families to be their child’s best advocate and youth to adult to be self-advocates.

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Welcome to the Run For Holland 5K for Down syndrome awareness! Presented by Run For Holland Foundation.

Thank you! On behalf of the Run For Holland Foundation and the Run For Holland board of directors, thank you. Thank you for all the support, love, and encouragement that has been given to us through planning this fantastic race. It is our hope that with you all we can grow this event into more than just a 5K and 10K race that happens once a year. We want the Run For Holland idea to spread through our community like wildfire and give families and individuals the love and support they deserve.

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If you have any questions about how to register, volunteering or any other questions, please contact Race Organizer...Adam Burleson.

Phone:    (828) 385-2341
Race Location: Riverside Park 200 E Tappan St Spruce Pine , NC 28777

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