DSACC hosts numerous events & programs throughout the year for members and the community at large to help educate, support, create social opportunities, and raise awareness of the value and potential of those touched by Down syndrome or other developmental and cognitive diagnosis'.
Programs and events include Relationship Training, Sib Shops, Play Groups, Support Groups, two major fundraisers and much more!
Parent Support Programs
Parents Reaching Out (PRO's)
These parents are trained to share their story to new parents and families. As a first point of support, they do not refer or provide recommendations, but are trained solely for supporting and welcoming new families. Family experience and perspective are relayed in an attempt to help their audience understand what it is like to live with and raise a child with Down syndrome.
PRO's can also present to healthcare providers, students and educators who may not have experience with families living with a loved one who has a disability. Their talks are designed to provide support and give insight regarding life with a person with Down syndrome. PRO's also act as community liaisons to healthcare facilities whose staff members utilize various components of our New Parent Program. They are available to keep the facility supplied with appropriate materials and support families who are referred by staff.
Are you looking for a chance to be more involved? We would love to have your help as a PRO Member. If you have a child with Down syndrome and would like to help other parents, please call us to sign up for our training.
Or maybe you're a new parent of a child with Down syndrome and would like to talk with one of our experienced parents. We want to hear from you too and meet your family! For more information, please call the office at (559) 228-0411 or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
LATCH Lactation Investment Program
LATCH Lactation Investment Program is designed to assist mothers of children with down syndrome in contacting with resources that are available to educate them and facilitate breastfeeding. There are many health benefits of breastfeeding that apply to both a mother and her infant, especially those with Down syndrome. Besides the many health benefits of human milk, it can actually alter and improve the oral-facial development of babies who are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea with dentition, and speech delays. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) affirms that “choosing to breastfeed should be considered an investment in the short- and long-term health of the infant, rather than a lifestyle choice.
We understand it can be more challenging to breastfeed babies with Down syndrome. However, the challenge should not prevent them from receiving their highest quality of nourishment; mother’s milk. In addition, the process of breastfeeding will facilitate a strong bond between you and your child.
Our goals are to provide you with educational resources, help you develop a support network, and to make your breastfeeding experience as seamless as possible. If you are a new mom or lactation specialist please contact the DSACC office for your free copy of Breastfeeding & Down syndrome: A Comprehensive Guide for Mothers and Medical Professionals by Ella Gray Cullen, RN, CLC, Editor
Due to the current health crisis the world is experiencing, we have combined a few of our support groups to host them virtually once a month for the remainder of the year. This (all ages) group offers emotional support, connections and education for families touched by a disability (not just Down syndrome!). Meetings are facilitated by Carolyn Tellalian, LCSW. The purpose is to connect new friends and old, gain valuable tools and support for a variety of topics relating to raising a child or adult with a disability. Questions? Contact staff at email@example.com
When: 6:30-8:30 pm, First Wednesday of the month
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Meeting ID: 821 4370 0662
No January meeting
South Valley Parent Support Group
Due to the current health crisis the world is experiencing, we will host our support groups virtually for the remainder of the year. This early start group offers emotional support, connections and education for families touched by a disability (not just Down syndrome!). Meetings are facilitated by DSACC & Bright Start staff. The purpose is to connect new friends and old, gain valuable tools and support for a variety of topics relating to raising a child or adult with a disability.
When: First Thursday of the month, from 10:00-11:00 am unless otherwise noted
Where: Virtually on Zoom! To register and get ZOOM meeting details, please contact Stephanie Caldera at Bright Start- firstname.lastname@example.org, (559) 740-4321 ext. 6528
January 2021- No meeting
Grupo Apoyo/ Grupo Latino
This (all ages) group offers emotional support, connections and education for families touched by a disability (not just Down syndrome!). All presenters are bi-lingual. The purpose of Grupo is to connect new friends and old, gain valuable tools and support for a variety of topics relating to raising a child or adult with a disability. Questions? Contact staff at email@example.com
When: 6:00-8:00 pm, Second Wednesday of the month
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Meeting ID: 890 9603 8862
No January meeting
To enhance the quality of life for all people whose lives are touched by Down syndrome.
We envision a community that demonstrates acceptance, inclusion and appreciation for those who have Down syndrome.