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


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NEW PROGRAM! Parent2Parent!

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.

January 8, 2014 from 7-9 pm: Support

February 5, 2014 from 7-9 pm: Support


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:  Relationship Training for Adults (18yrs +)  FREE

Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 5-6:15pm and will continue for 8 weeks, every Thursday at the DSACC office.

Space is limited to 10 people but we will consider adding a second session if enough people are interested.  Register HERE or call (559) 228-0411, info@dsacc.org


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 will be 4 sessions, each will have a professional from the covered field to assist you with planning for the future. This workshop is partially funded by the Hillblom Foundation.
Registration is FREE! Dinner and beverages will be provided.
Sessions will begin Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 6-8 pm held on consecutive Thursdays for four weeks at the DSACC office- 1491 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno 93711
Session 1: Footprints for the Future workbook & intro
Session 2:Wills & Special Needs Trusts
Session 3: Navigating the Probate System-what happens when you don’t have a plan
Session 4: Social Security- what to be aware of
Please note, sessions are subject to change
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