1491 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711 | p/ 559.228.0411


Be sure to check our calendar for times and locations of upcoming events!


This new (all ages) group offers emotional support, insight, and understanding to parents of children with special needs. The group will meet the first Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm at the DSACC office. Meetings will be led by Carolyn Tellalian, LCSW and an occasional guest speaker. This program is funded by the Hillblom Foundation. Beverages will be served. Childcare can be provided if notified at least 5 days in advance of meeting


Sib Shops acknowledge that being a sibling of a person with special needs is for some- a good thing, others a not-so-good thing and for many, somewhere in between. Participants are led through a variety of games and discussions to foster new friendships, knowledge and acceptance.

We would love to hear from you on when a good month to hold workshops would be- please let us know at info@dsacc.org or by phone at 559.228.0411
Next SibShop: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Please note the NEW LOCATION! We will now be meeting at Break The Barriers Gymnasium.

DSACC is excited to announce it’s next session of RELATIONSHIP TRAINING for high school students and young adults, funded in part by a grant from the Fansler Foundation.

People with developmental disabilities are the victims of sexual, physical and verbal abuse at a rate that is alarmingly higher than their peers without a developmental disability. A primary objective of this course is to empower our loved ones with the information and coping mechanisms to prevent becoming a victim of sexual abuse. Overall, the course will provide information about relationships; the boundaries and responsibilities associated with them in a teaching setting that will respect participants different learning styles and abilities.

The curriculum includes lessons about different kinds of feelings and behaviors that occur in each kind of relationship, as well as discussions about appropriate public and private talk. We’ll explore how relationships grow and move from friendship to a partner/sweetheart, and learn ways to talk about feelings and solve problems when in a relationship. The class will also explore how to identify if your relationship has gone bad and examine ways to end a relationship and deal with your feelings in a healthy way. Family values and sensitivity are of utmost concern and if concerns or specific issues surface during the course, it will be important to share those with either of the course facilitators. Throughout this course, participants will have topics that are designed to promote and encourage family discussions. We hope that you will support this process and be an active participant!

Creating a Plan

This program is aimed to help you plan for the future when you will not be around to take care of your child or loved one with Down syndrome or other disabilities. It is never too early to start planning and we are here to help the planning as painless as possible. There are 3 sessions, each will have a professional from the covered field to assist you with planning for the future. This program is funded in part by the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation.
Down Syndrome Association of Central California is honored to host National Down Syndrome Society President, Sara Weir for a meet & greet in the Central Valley!
Join us for informative discussions on the ABLE Act, NDSS & Federal legislation that affect our loved ones with disabilities.
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows people with disabilities who acquired their disability before the age of 26 to save more than the current $2,000 – up to $100K – without jeopardizing their public benefits, including SSI/SSDI or Medicaid.
Wednesday, February 15 
from 4-6 pm
@ Tulare County Office of Education: “Redwood E”  6200 S Mooney Blvd Visalia, CA 93277
Thursday, February 16 
from 10-12 pm
@DSACC Office: 1491 W Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93711
Questions? Contact DSACC staff at 559.228.0411, info@dsacc.org

About Sara Weir…
Weir is the President of the National Down Syndrome Society. A Kansas native, Weir’s passion of fighting for the human rights of all people with Down syndrome stems from her experience as a peer mentor and friend to a young woman with Down syndrome, Kasey, over two decades ago. As NDSS’ President, Weir oversees the organization’s mission, vision and administration, which is the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to advocating for people with Down syndrome and their families.Under Weir’s leadership, NDSS led the advocacy effort behind the passage of the landmark and historical Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, which established tax-free savings accounts for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. This landmark law is hailed as the most significant legislation for the disability community since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Weir also is the Co-Founder of the ABLE Alliance for Financial Empowerment and serves on the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and was appointed by former Governor Martin O’Malley

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