August 2014

Down syndrome group honors Veldman

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) on July 12 presented SureStep CEO Bernie Veldman, CO, with its 2014 Exceptional Meritorious Service at its annual conference in Indianapolis.

The NDSC has given the award since 1978 to recognize individuals whose service and significant contributions to persons with Down syndrome and their families have had national or international significance.

Veldman, whose company is based in South Bend, IN, invented the SureStep SMO (supramalleolar orthosis) system for children with hypotonia, which is commonly found in children with Down syndrome and other genetic disorders.

Patricia Winders, PT, director of therapies and senior physical therapist at the Anna & John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, nominated Veldman for the award for his invention and ongoing commitment to educating practitioners and parents.

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