Be sure to check our calendar for times and locations of upcoming events!
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.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 7-9pm: Disability Rights California
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 7-9pm: IEP Training led by Bobbie Coulbourne of EPU
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 7-9 pm: Guest speaker Embry Burrus, MCD, CCC/SLP. She has presented at Down syndrome groups all over the country, and has been an exhibitor at the National Down syndrome Convention. Her presentation is titled, Life with Down syndrome: A Sibling’s Journey. It is the story of her life as the sibling of a person with Down syndrome (her older sister who is now 55 years old); their relationship growing up, and how she is such a beautiful and inspirational influence in Embrys life.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 7-9pm: Support
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 7-9pm: Support
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
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!