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May is WS Awareness Month
WSA Membership
Regional Updates
Member Spotlight
Resources for Families
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Upcoming Events
March 10
Family Fun Day Holbrook, NY

March 23

April 5  
{ embraceable } Manchesney Park, IL

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January/February 2013
May is Williams Syndrome Awareness Month!

This May marks our 4th annual celebration of Williams Syndrome Awareness Month. Each year we are inspired by the hard work of volunteers across the country who rally friends, family and community members to increase awareness of Williams syndrome and provide critical funding for WSA programs and initiatives.  Our success is their success, and we are extremely grateful to every event coordinator, participant and donor nationwide.


2013 is no exception. More than 35 walks are currently confirmed.  Click here for a complete list.  There is still plenty of room for an event near you! If you live near Walpole, MA, New Hartford, NY or York, PA, there are established walks in those areas waiting to be adopted by a new host.  If you have always hoped...


WSA Membership
If you have not yet renewed your membership in the WSA, please do so today. Renewing only takes a moment and will ensure that you receive notifications of all WSA events, the newsletter, special announcements, news, etc. There are several available membership options:      

Deluxe Membership $100.00/year
-Electronic (email) versions of all newsletters & notifications
-Paper (mailed) versions of all newsletters & notifications
-10% discount on all convention & conference registration fees

-10% discount in the WSA online store


Standard Membership $25.00/year

-Electronic (email) versions of all newsletters & notifications

-Paper (mailed) versions of all newsletters & notifications


Adult with WS $10.00/year
(For adults who are NOT living in their parent's home)

-Electronic (email) versions of all newsletters & notifications

-Paper (mailed) versions of all newsletters and notifications


Complimentary or International Membership $0.00/year

-Electronic (email) versions of all newsletters & notifications

Regional Updates

Please welcome Heather Johanson to our group of dedicated regional chairpersons. Heather and her husband, Scott live in Pittsburgh, PA, and have 2 young sons, Parker and Reed. Their youngest, Reed has Williams syndrome. Heather will join Heather O'Connell in support of families in the Tri-State Region.

Special Thanks...
As we welcome Heather Johanson, we would like to thank Heather Flaharty for her many years of great help to families in the Tri-State region. Heather is a great friend, and we will miss her direct support, but look forward to seeing her and her family at future WSA events.

Member Spotlight

Gateway Arts recently named Michele Moran as September's "Artist of the Month" in recognition of her outstanding artwork and in appreciation of her contributions to the Gateway Arts community.  Winners are chosen by the artistic staff at Gateway Arts.  
Michele is 36 years old.  She currently lives in the Boston area and has worked at Gateway Arts since July of 2004.  As an artist at Gateway, Michele enjoys crafting products in jewelry, fabric...

Resources For Families
Information for Teachers
Information for Teachers
The 2nd Edition is now available in the WSA online store.  The 40 page booklet contains updated information from Drs. Karen Levine and Carolyn Mervis on classroom & testing strategies for students with Williams syndrome, and the latest information on Assistive Technology for student with WS from AT Specialists, Robin Pegg and Erin Cunningham

WSA Blog
Bloggers take note.  The Williams Syndrome Association website now includes a blog.  Stop back regularly to read blogs submitted by Staff, Trustees, Advisory Board members and guest bloggers.

WSA Camps
The WSA Summer Camp programs in Michigan, California and Southern Illinois are now accepting applications...

LI Gala 2013
Long Island Gala
More than 500 people joined event hosts, Anthony & Jessica Vecchia at Leonard's of Great Neck, in Long Island for a wonderful evening in Celebration of the "Children in our Hearts" on February 2nd.  Guests were entertained by "Embraceable" a 4 piece band from the Berkshire Hills Music Academy.  Band members, Tori Ackley (keyboard and vocals), Tim Connor (drums), John Libera (sax, clarinet) and Ben Monkaba (vocals & percussion) are all young adults with Williams syndrome.  Silent and "fish bowl" auctions, a wine toss, cocktails, dinner & dancing were also included in the evening's festivities.  The WSA wishes to thank ...

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