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DSACC Health Care Conference 2016

Save the Date for our Education & Healthcare Conference on Saturday, September 17, 2016  more details to come! You won’t want to miss it!


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 apologize but have cancelled the Visalia May 2016 Sibshops due to low sign ups.  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

We had such great interest in the last relationship training class for adults that we have added a new component to the program, a book club!  This 10 session book club will tackle the book “Boyfriends + Girlfriends, a Guide to Dating for People with Disabilities” by Terri Couwenhoven, M.S.. Funded in part by a grant from the Fansler Foundation.

Each week facilitator Susan Akbiyikian will take the group through discussions, exercises and different chapters of relationships from the book.  The ability to read is not necessary.

This program is for adults 18 yrs and older with developmental disabilities.

NEW START DATE! Beginning Thursday, May 19, 2016 (will run 10 consecutive Thursdays)

From 5:15 -6:15 pm

At the DSACC office: 1491 W Shaw Avenue Fresno, CA 93711

Please register by May 16, 2016. To register contact DSACC staff at 559.228.0411 or below

Space is limited to 10 participants

Cost is Free

Relationship Training

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!

Next Session: Fall 2016

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 4 sessions, each will have a professional from the covered field to assist you with planning for the future.
Next session: Fall 2016
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