Social Support for Families
To view our upcoming events and educational opportunities, please see the calendar at the bottom of our webpage. For more information on a specific event, be sure to send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at the DSACC office at (559) 228-0411 and our staff will be happy to help you.
Five and Under Receptions
This event is usually held in the spring of each year in Fresno, Visalia and Merced. Families who have a child with Down syndrome ages five and under gather to share a meal, meet new families and get caught up with old friends. In addition, fun activities are planned for the children.
The entire membership is invited to this fiesta themed event that is typically planned for mid August. Self advocates (people with Down syndrome) are invited to tell about their daily lives, dreams and goals, or they are given the opportunity to perform if they have a special talent to share. Attendees enjoy a fiesta style lunch, arts and crafts, entertainment and the chance to socialize and network.
The entire membership is invited to this event. Bounce houses, lunch, cake walk, arts and crafts and the excitement of a visit and complimentary picture with a certain legendary character in a red suit are highlights of the day.
Dances for our loved ones with Down syndrome are held twice a year in collaboration with EPU, BTB, CIWP and DLC. A disc jockey provides the music and attendees are asked to bring a healthy or junky snack to share. Typically, they are scheduled near Valentine’s Day and Halloween. When these dances originated many years ago, there was a rule that to attend you had to be a person with Down syndrome or know someone with Down syndrome. These dances are hands down the favorite event of our adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.
Island Water Park Day
Discount tickets are available to families to purchase on a preselected day, typically in July. There are no organized activities associated with this event.
Step Up for Down Syndrome
This walk originated as a grass roots effort of the National Down Syndrome Society to give affiliates a nationwide venue to raise awareness as well as raise money and was originally called Buddy Walk. In 2009, our board of directors decided to make this a totally local event and changed the name. This event is our largest fundraiser and public awareness event. It is supported by sponsors and by individuals and teams who raise money by getting pledges. The largest group in attendance to date was 1,500 and the numbers grow every year. The event is always emceed by a local celebrity and picnics, clowns, face painting, performers and the walk are the highlights of the day.