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

Serious Saturday Fun!

Join us every quarter for a day filled with fun, family & education for all age groups!

8 & Unders: Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10:00-11:30 am: We invite our members (8 years & younger) and their parents & siblings to join us for some music & movement!

Junior 321: Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 1:00-2:30 pm: We invite our members 8-17 yrs old and their parents (siblings welcome!) to join us for a paint & play!  We are excited to welcome a local art teacher who will lead the group through a painting class and when everyone is done painting, we will have snacks & the playroom to hang out in!

Club 321 & Club 2.0: Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 pm: GAME NIGHT! This game night is for our kiddos and friends that are 18-30 yrs old… sorry parents! There will be snacks, drinks, and games galore!

Please RSVP to the group session you will be joining us at or contact DSACC staff at 559.228.0411, info@dsacc.org for more details



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: date to be announced
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!

Fresno Relationship Training: Teens & Adults

South Valley 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 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.

  • Next session: TBA
Creating A Plan: Footprints for the Future
 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. This one day conference will feature 3 sessions, each will have a professional from the covered field to assist you with planning for the future; such as Financial planning, Social Security & Able Accounts, and CVRC’s role& Probate Court…
Stay tuned for 2018 dates!
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