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Community Connections

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

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Today is World Down Syndrome Day! According to, today was selected as World Down Syndrome Day because the 21st day of the third month signifies “the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.” March 21 is important for the global community for so many reasons. Firstly, it serves as reminder that all people are worthy of love, respect and kindness. Secondly, it forces us to take a second to remember that there isn’t just one way to make a difference and...

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Gearing up for bingo once again

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It’s hard to believe with the impending snow storm but, yes, spring is almost upon us. And, even though it seems like we JUST held our fall bingo, we’re already well into planning our spring event! Spring bingo is pretty exciting for us for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being we just love the opportunity to get out in the community and have a great time with everyone (and who doesn’t love winning great prizes?!) This spring, we have even more reason to look forward to bingo, as we’re taking a slightly...

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CLI is headed to the Big Screen!

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We are so excited to announce some big news! Starting this Friday, March 3, and running through the entire month, CLI will have our very own commercial showing at Westview Cinemas in Frederick!                                                                           The commercial will be shown before every movie, all day, every day, and in the lobby. This is huge for us for so many reasons. The commercial itself coincides with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. During this month, and all months of the year, CLI...

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Working isn’t just about having a job

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According to Pew Research Center, more than 150 million people are part of the American workforce. For most of us, working is a huge part of our daily lives. It becomes our routine and, largely, our source of stability and financial wellbeing. But, for the majority of Americans, working isn’t just about earning a paycheck. Having a job contributes substantially to our sense of self-worth. Regardless of how much we may prefer to stay at home relaxing (who doesn’t!?) most of us need our jobs to help us feel like contributing members...

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Share a little love this Valentine’s Day

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Though the holiday is one celebrating love, it isn’t universally enjoyed. For people who aren’t in relationships, or those who have lost a significant other or partner, Valentine’s Day can be difficult. It can be hard to watch other people celebrating something you’ve lost or perhaps never had. But Valentine’s Day can be about so much more than romantic relationships. Instead of feeling deprived, we can choose to feel grateful for the love of any kind we have in our lives. We...

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It’s not always what you say…

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Today is National Send a Card to a Friend Day! In today’s technologically advanced world, sending a paper card isn’t very common anymore. If we’re thinking of someone, we shoot them a text, send a Snapchat, hit them up on Facebook Messenger or, if we’re feeling really chatty and somewhat nostalgic, pick up the phone to actually speak with them directly. Communication is about speed and efficiency these days, not sentimentality. We rarely even think about what we type before we send it. After all, the faster the message...

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Doing our part

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Meme courtesy It’s hard to go about daily life right now without getting caught up in the seriousness of the global climate. There’s so much to debate and disagree about — it seems dissension and tension are our constant companions. But now, perhaps more than ever, it’s important to do our parts to ensure that unity, hope and love remain in primary focus. Each person has a role to play in this. We all have a unique obligation to contribute our best to this world, to show up as our best selves in every...

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One little compliment can go a long way

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  Happy Tuesday! Today, we get a triple “holiday.” Jan. 24 is Beer Can Appreciation Day, National Peanut Butter Day and, our personal favorite here at CLI, National Compliment Day. Any day is the perfect day to be kind to someone, but there’s something really special about giving someone a genuine compliment. Too often, we get caught up in only giving compliments when we think we’ll get something back in return — whether it be another compliment or an action that somehow benefits us. It’s so rare in...

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We’re making Valentine’s Day shopping easy!

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Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day shopping is normally a hassle. Many partners wait until the last minute to secure their presents — whether chocolates, flowers, stuffed animals, or jewelry — either because they’re too busy or they’re just dreading the shopping experience. And the age-old request of “Get me something that reminds you of me!” seems to be almost impossible to fulfill. But this year, CLI is here to help. Not sure what to get? We’ve got you covered! Starting today, we’re...

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It’s not just chocolate that can be bittersweet

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If you follow us on Instagram (which you totally should, because we post the best photos — @CLIFrederick), you probably saw the photo we posted in honor of today being National Bittersweet Chocolate Day. There’s a day for everything, so why shouldn’t there be one to commemorate this most distinguished form of chocolate? But, you know, chocolate really isn’t the only thing that can be bittersweet. In life, so the expression goes, you often have to take the good with the bad. We don’t always get the chance to...

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