Be sure to check our calendar for times and locations of upcoming events!
This (all ages) group offers emotional support, insight, and understanding to parents of children with any special needs. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6-8 pm (NEW TIME!) at the DSACC office. Meetings are led by Carolyn Tellalian, LCSW. Please know that this group is open to parents and caregivers to a child or adult with ANY disability and a valuable resource for support. Childcare provided. Spanish Translator can be provided if notified in advance. Please RSVP if you will be bringing a child or need a translator. Contact us at 559.228.0411, email@example.com
- January 2019: No Meeting
- Wednesday, February 6, 2019:
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Visalia Winter Fest & Resource fair
Join us for our inaugural Winter Fest in Visalia- an evening filled with fun, food, friends and local resources for families with kiddos of all ages! This is a great chance to connect to local resources and local families! Register online to save your spot!
Friday, January 18, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Imagine U Children’s Museum in Visalia.
$10 per family
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.
- Young Sibs (6yrs+),
- Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10-12pm
- Location TBA
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!
Visalia Relationship Training: Begins Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Relationship 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 Sierra Grant. 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.
Stay tuned for future dates!