Down syndrome community resource center offers launch party in Wausau

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WAUSAU, Wis., (WSAW)-- A first of its kind Down syndrome resource center in central Wisconsin is holding a launch party in Wausau.

Cute little girl with painted hands

GiGi's Playhouse was created to change the way the world views a Down syndrome diagnosis and send a global message of acceptance for all.

To talk about the organizations mission Sunrise 7 was joined by Erica Erdman and Rebecca Bearjar organizers of this weekend’s launch party.

GiGi's Playhouse's provides delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.

With over 40 brick and mortar and pop up locations across the United States and Mexico, GiGi's Playhouse is the only network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. The closest center available in Central Wisconsin is in Madison.

On Saturday, December 8, GiGi's Playhouse will host their launch party at 300 N. 3rd Street 305 (Washington Square building) in downtown Wausau.

The Launch Party is designed to give individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community of North Central WI an opportunity to learn about GiGi's, how to volunteer and how to donate. It will also include sample programming from the LMNOP and Destination Discovery programs for individuals to participate in. GiGi's Playhouse celebrates inclusion so although the programming is based on Down syndrome any diagnosis is welcomed.

Gigi's Playhouse Pop-Up's are part of a new operating model at GiGi's Playhouse INC. Pop-up Playhouses provide programming in deep urban or less densely populated areas where a brick and mortar location may not be feasible.