Meet Ryder, our inspiration to start Sweedie Dreams. He’s a typical rambunctious 4-year old who just happens to rock an extra chromosome. On any given day, you can find Ryder dancing and singing to everything from Frozen to Motörhead. His love for music and movement has been facilitated by the remarkable music program at the Rise School of Austin. Ryder began at the Rise School at 16-months, shortly after successful open-heart surgery. The Rise School quickly became a second family, offering support and an unbeatable educational program that was tailored for Ryder.
The Rise School of Austin is a unique, high quality program that provides services that benefit the whole child. They employ an “integrated environment” model with a mix of students with Down Syndrome and other developmental differences, and traditional-learners. This blend allows children with special needs to model after typically-developing peers; and for traditional learners to gain a deep understanding and compassion for people of varied abilities.
Please join us in supporting the Rise School of Austin, the March Sweedie Dreams organization.