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Soap Making with Patch Farms

Join us for a soap making workshop with Patch Farms! Class Fee: $10 per person/per class. Includes goat’s milk soap, essential oils& more add-ins of your choice! Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 10:00 – 12:00 pm & Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 10:00 – 12:00 pm. At the DSACC office: 1491 W Shaw Ave Fresno Ca 93711.


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.


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!

Stay tuned for the next session!

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 Fall dates! 

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…
Fresno Area: Saturday, August 18, 2018 10-4 pm
Visalia Area: Saturday, November 10, 2018 10-4 pm
Details to come!
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