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(Another) Free Game Giveaway!! World Down Syndrome Day!
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Hi, everybody!

World Down Syndrome Day is on 21st March. On this day, Down syndrome organizations throughout the world organize and participate in events to raise public awareness of Down syndrome.
The date (3-21) was selected by Down Syndrome International to signify the uniqueness of Down syndrome in the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome.

This date means a lot to me. It all began 2 years ago when my wife and I found out we were expecting our first child. It was a immense joy and something we've been planning for long time. After a couple of weeks, we went together to a routine exam.
It was my birthday so we were very excited that maybe we'd find out if it would be a boy or a girl.
Well, things were not so good, our baby had a marker for Down Syndrome. The next day my wife made a painful exam to get a blood sample and exactly on Easter eve, we got the results confirming our baby girl had an extra cromossome.
We went through a overwhelming amount of feelings. We thought about a lot of things but with the help of our families and friends we managed to overcome and had a joyful time getting ready to our baby's birth, which it was almost a year and half ago. Since her birth, we keep a blog for her: http://cecilianp.blogspot.com. (Sorry, portuguese only)

Well, I have plans to play a lot of board games with my daughter so to help her development.
I think board games can teach a lot about abstract thinking, social relations, math, turn taking, dealing with money, etc. These would be valuable lessions for her.
I look forward the first day I'll play with her. No matter if it would be Monopoly, Clue or the Game of Life; it will be just as wonderful as it can be.

BUT, unfortunately for her, she still can't play these games. She has lots of toys and stuff to mess around - not to mention she's the first grandchild from both sides and more gifts are expected...

And that leaves her board game for a lucky member of BGG!

SO, THE GIVEAWAY!


What can you win?

* Your choice of a Board Game up to US$40,00.
* Free Shipping Worldwide!


How can you win?

* Very easy. Just thumb the first item of this list and you are set!
* Bonus Entry for GG tips:
- Tipping from 1 GG to 7 GG give you an extra chance of winning.
- Tipping 8 GG give you 3 extra chances
- Every 8 GG above that will give you 3 extra chances.
- So, if you tip 40 GG, you'll get 16 chances!
* Please, place your tip on the first item to help me calculate your chances!
* Thumbing the list is not required, but is greatly appreciated, so please consider doing that. Thank you.


When do you win?

Guess what?? Drawing will take place sometime at March, 21st!!
I'll use an excel table to add all your names and bonuses into one big list. Then I'll shuffle the list and use random.org to draw the winner.


BONUS! BONUS! BONUS!

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* If, by the time of the draw, the winner owns the Down Syndrome Awareness Microbadge, the prize limit goes to US$50,00.
* If, by the time of the draw, the winner is showing the Down Syndrome Awareness Microbadge, the prize limit goes to US$60,00!!
* Oh, you don't have enough GG to buy yourself the badge?? No problem!! Every GG in this Geeklist is going back to the BGG community!
Just make a comment - again at the first item - saying that you want to buy the badge and I´ll give you 8 GG to do it!! First come, first served basis.


Extra Chances!
* Add an item to the List. The item's description must show something related to Down Syndrome such as:
- a youtube link to a video about this subject
- an internet link to institutes or articles on Down Syndrome
- or you may share a story about someone you know
Other ideas are also welcome. I'd love to know more about Down Syndrome at your country.
Most thumbed (top 20%) items will get 5 chances, next 20% get 4 chances and so on.


Good luck to all and thank you for participating!

PS: Some text shamelessly stolen for binraix and wikipedia.
PPS: Send me GM if you have any questions about the giveaway!
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1. Board Game: D-Day (second edition) [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:4991]
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21 March 2012 marks the 7th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and for the first time in 2012 this day will be officially observed by the United Nations. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. But there is still so much more we can do.

Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the World to choose your own themes, activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

The internet is a powerful tool for raising awareness and we encourage people to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day through your own websites, blogs and social networking sites. However, we want to create a single meeting place where everyone can share their experiences and advertise their activities.

For this purpose we created a dedicated website www.worlddownsyndromeday.org. For 2012, we have re-launched this website with new features and you are now able to register with us and share details of your activities and events with the global community.

Join our cause to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome on 21 March.
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2. Board Game: Fuzzy Tiger [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:6714]
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This is my daughter. She was very lucky to be born with no major heart conditions. But, on the other side, she has an abnormally low muscle tone (hypotonia) so she struggles to do any physical activity.
Well, that does not stop her from trying and training. Watch this to check out her efforts.

(be warned, it's just some pictures and a song put together)


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3. Board Game: Up And Down [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:5414]
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This is a better video, from APAE Brazil:




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4. Board Game: Mutsu Nikki [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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As a teacher, I deal with students with many different disorders. However during my student teaching internships, I was lucky enough to work with one student who has Down Syndrome.

At first I'll admit that I was nervous about working with him, as I was not super prepared for dealing with students with special needs (an area that is of great concern to all teachers). Anyway, everything went really well, he is one of the nicest, most engaging students I have had the pleasure of working with.

I knew that he had accepted me as his teacher when he informed me out of the blue one day that I could be part of his band. But he played guitar and sang, so I'd have to be the drummer. The fact that I have never played an instrument did not seem to be a problem.

A few days later he wasn't thrilled that I had given him some work to do in class; so he informed me that I was fired, so he didn't need to do the work. He fired me three more times over the next 3 weeks.
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5. Board Game: JAB: Realtime Boxing [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1719]
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I appreciate that the game chosen might seem a strange choice. However, there is a sensible reason behind it.

I was fortunate enough to have 2 fine healthy sons who have been a source of pleasure for my wife and I for many years now. Our exposure to Down Syndrome came quite early when my eldest son met his first class-mates at his first school many years ago. Amongst them was a child with Down Syndrome called Bradley.

I was proud that my son never reacted to his fellow pupil in any other way than as a friend and they actually became quite close as my son developed an instinctive, protective approach to Bradley during their time together. Bradley's whole face would light up when he saw my son and his loud shouts of " Mikey " often reverberated around the school, playground, even the town. Bradley always approached my wife and I when he saw us to ask after " Mikey " - even after the two of them had gone their seperate ways in secondary school.

My story is sad in one way, but lovely in another. Our parish was holding a summer church party when the boys were about 10 or so. I just happened to notice when walking around the church grounds Bradley in the distance being pressed up against a fence by 3 unknown boys of about the same age. He was obviousy distressed, so I ran over to chase the boys off. They went, leaving Bradley in tears. I knelt down in front of him to comfort him, at which time he delivered an almighty right cross to my head and nearly laid me out. He ran back to his mother for comfort without further concern. No-one had seen what had happened, so I climbed slowly to my feet and staggered back to the main party. Bradley is a good lad with no malice in him and this was entirely my fault for pushing myself in his face. It brought a lot of truths home to me however and made me appreciate much more how so many parents cope with these matters on a 24/7 basis. You all have my utmost respect.

Good luck to you and your whole family Mike and our thoughts are with you for the future.
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6. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.04 Overall Rank:10979]
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My fiancee is a teacher, and she showed me this video. One of her students has Down Syndrome.



Someone who has Down Syndrome can still lead a satisfying and fulfilling life.
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7. Board Game: Golf Masters [Average Rating:4.89 Overall Rank:10034]
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Lehi
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One of my favorite sports stories, right up there with Jason McEwan (autistic).

Brad Hennefer is autistic, yet plays sports like a leader.

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8. Board Game: Nymble [Average Rating:5.62 Unranked]
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I was the one who added Nymble to the database. I did so using a photo of my daughter, Kate, holding the game box.

Kate was our first child. We had done no testing because we thought the risk of invasive tests outweighed the benefit of anything we might learn. It was a surprise when we learned she had Down Syndrome. Apart from the first few weeks, when we struggled to get enough food in her (Her muscle development hindered her ability to suck. It took 90 minutes to get 5CC of formula down her.), she was an easy child to care for. She was such a good baby we decided to give the baby thing another shot. Almost 2 years to the day she had a baby brother.

As parents we still experience the same joys and sorrows as parents of typical kids. We still celebrate Kate's successes; they're simply successes on a different level. That doesn't diminish their impact or their meaning.

Kate is 22 now. She plays a lot of games. With some games we alter the scoring to make it more fair. In Scattergories, we don't eliminate any answers she makes that duplicate our own (though we do cross them off for us) and we triple her score. She comes up with great answers, just not as many as other people. She and her brother can beat us in Pictionary. Again, her drawings are slow, but they are often brilliant in concept (or insanely obtuse). She successfully plays Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Dominion, 10 Days in the USA, TransAmerica, Poison, For Sale, and many other games. She likes to play various party games, particularly Disney Scene It and Disney Channel Scene It. She'll also partner with one of us when we play a more complex game with friends.

Kate works in dining services at Grinnell College. They value her presence because she works hard, she's cheerful, and she's reliable. They pay her well and treat her well. This past weekend Kate was involved with the NCAA Division 3 Indoor Track and Field National Championships. To highlight D3's partnership with Special Olympics, Kate and another employee with Down Syndrome were asked to award the trophies to the champions. She was also a VIP guest at the dinner the night preceding the championships.

Kate lives a full life. She has bowling on Sundays. She probably is at the local cinema once or twice a week. She often has lunch at the college with her brother, who is a junior there, or with one of her college buddies. She is a regular fixture at all of the college baseball games. Her brother is a pitcher on the team. Last summer she took her brother to Disney World.

When I was growing up, people with Down Syndrome were tucked out of the way. I never went to class with anyone with Down Syndrome. My daughter was fully integrated in regular classrooms through 5th grade, and then as certain subjects became too demanding, she was put into special classes. In 9th grade she took regular freshman English and got a C. She read To Kill a Mockingbird and Romeo and Juliet. We had to work hard with her to help her keep up, but she understood the material and achieved the grade.

My daughter is the most empathetic person I know. She senses and understands what people are feeling. She loves unconditionally. She worships her brother and is convinced he'll one day pitch for the White Sox (not likely) and one day be a rock star (much more likely).

I don't have to worry about the same things other parents worry about. Kate doesn't smoke or drink or do drugs or go joyriding with knife-wielding bad boys. It's not all roses with her, either, but it's nice that I don't have to worry about some things.

All in all, Kate is more like other people than she is different from them. The big thing here in the 21st Century is that increasingly people have come to realize that Kate is one of them: different in some respects but similar in many more. I wouldn't trade Kate (or her brother) for anyone else's kids. I feel like I hit the jackpot with both of them.
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9. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1126]
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As someone who has a physically and mentally disabled brother, as well as having worked with people who have been anywhere from profoundly disabled to highly functioning, I just want to say how much I despise the use of the "R-Word".
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10. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:403]
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We are currently living in China and my daughter is taking a gap year to volunteer at a clinic that serves kids with cerebral palsy and autism. Often kids in China with special needs are abandoned or worse. This clinic supports the family so that the family unit can stay whole. She has had great joy in serving and has seen results! We're really proud of her too!
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11. Board Game: Target [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:5949]
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Target ad featuring a model with down syndrome.



Here is a blogger talking about what it means.

They said that people born with Down syndrome deserve to be treated the same as every other other person on this planet.
They said that it’s time for organizations to be intentional about seeking creative ways to help promote inclusion, not exclusion. (It’s no accident that Target used a model with Down syndrome in this ad; it was an intentional decision. If want the world to be a place where everyone is treated equal we can’t just sit around and watch the days tick away. We have to be intentional. We have to do something.)
They said that companies don’t have to call attention to the fact that they choose to be inclusive in order for people to notice their support for people with disabilities. In fact, by not making a big deal out of it they are doing a better job of showing their support for the special needs community.
They said it’s important for the world to see people born with disabilities with a fresh set of eyes. That it’s time for us to lay down all the inaccurate stereotypes from the past and move forward embracing the future with true and accurate ones
They said you don’t have to spend a lot for your kids to look good! (I mean come on, that shirt’s only five bucks!)


http://noahsdad.com/target-down-syndrome/
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12. Board Game: The Child Awareness Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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I wanted to share the link to the National Down Syndrome Society.

http://www.ndss.org/

They are the national advocate in America for people with Down Syndrome.

My wife and I just found out we are pregnant with our first child. He or she is due September 21st. My wife is a special education teacher for children with emotional and behavior disabilities (such as Autism). She also was an in-home care nurse for a child with Cerebral Palsy, and a counselor at a special needs summer camp. (Yeah, I know. I really hit the jackpot.) So, I am very familiar with disabilities and it has been on my mind lately.

I think awareness is very important. Not everyone has had the exposure, I, or many of us here, have had. The more people know the greater our society will be.

I want to help give away some Down Syndrome Awareness microbadges. (I made a comment about this earlier, but I created this Geeklist item instead.) I have enough GG for 6 more. I would really like to buy one for you. Make a comment or send me a GeekMail and I will send you the GG.

Thanks for bringing this to BGG. I'm glad I can help, even if only a little!
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13. Board Game: Love and Marriage [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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A movie came out not too terribly long ago about 2 people with DS who got married. It won a bunch of awards. You can read more about it here:
http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/08/08/down-syndrome-emmy...


Or you can see a trailer here:

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14. Board Game: Sign It! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I really have limited experience with Down's Syndrome, but I came across this video after watching the more popular videos out there and was absolutely taken with it. Its amazing the things you can learn when you are open minded...people considered lesser by much of society sometimes teach us the most difficult lessons...

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15. Board Game: Have I Got News For You [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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There was a show on MTV called How's Your News? that aired back in 2009. Here is a bit of the background on the show from its website (www.howsyournews.com):

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How’s Your News first began over ten years ago at a summer camp for adults with disabilities in Massachusetts. We were working in video class and searching for a format which could include as many people, with as wide an array of disabilities, as possible. So we began making our own news shows.

One day we decided to bring some reporters downtown to interview people on the street. These first two reporters were Bobby Bird and Sean Costello, two men with Down Syndrome. The interviews they conducted were both funny, and sweetly revealing. When we screened them for the camp community we got a great response. We kept making videos with other reporters from the camp and at the end of the summer we compiled a vhs video tape of our favorite man-on-the-street interviews and made copies for our friends and family. Those tapes got copied and passed around and one ended up in the hands of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who were simply two struggling filmmakers at the time. They contacted HYN director Arthur Bradford and told him they’d love to see more videos like this. The three of them struck up a friendship and when Parker and Stone hit it big with South Park, they offered to finance a short documentary staring the best reporters from the summer camp. Bradford and some of the other counselors put together a team and the first “How’s Your News?” video was made in 1998.


There's more to the story, but basically, there was a feature film in 2003, and the first episode aired on Feb 8, 2009 on MTV. There were 6 episodes. The show was amazing and very inspiring. I highly recommend checking out the episodes. They are still available on MTV's website, here: http://www.mtv.com/shows/hows_your_news/series.jhtml
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