Support Programs

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

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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 pd@dsacc.org

 

Parent2Parent

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 Joana at om@dsacc.org

When: 6:00-8:00 pm, First Wednesday of the month

Where: Virtually on ZOOM- Register in advance for this meeting:  www.dsacc.org/programs-news/parent-support-programs/ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 

  • September 2, 2020: Parenting tips for kiddos with intellectual or developmental disabilities (the things moms before you have learned and want to share!)
  • October 7, 2020: RICV- Find out more about this organization and what they offer our kiddos 14 years and older!
  • November 5, 2020: Sibling Support presented by trained Sib Shop Facilitator, Joana Gomez 
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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- scaldera@tcoe.org, (559) 740-4321 ext. 6528

  • September 3, 2020: Parenting tips for kiddos with intellectual or developmental disabilities (the things moms before you have learned and want to share!)
  • October 8, 2020: RICV- Find out more about this organization and what they offer our kiddos 14 years and older!
  • November 6, 2020: Sibling Support presented by trained Sib Shop Facilitator 
  • December 4, 2020: Stories with Santa!
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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 om@dsacc.org

When: 6:00-8:00 pm, Second Wednesday of the month
Where: Virtually on ZOOM- Register in advance for this meeting: REGISTER HERE

  • September 9, 2020: Sibling Support presented by trained Sib Shop Facilitator (& DSACC Program Manager!) Joana Gomez
  • October 14, 2020: Disability Rights California (tentative- waiting on response) find out who they are and how they serve our community
  • November 11, 2020: State Council on Developmental Disabilities- find out who they are and how they serve our community
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More Upcoming Events

01oct3:30 pm4:30 pmThe Sibling Connection

05oct6:00 pm8:00 pmParent2Parent

08oct3:30 pm4:30 pmThe Sibling Connection

14oct6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

15oct3:30 pm4:30 pmThe Sibling Connection

17oct10:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedStep Up for Down Syndrome 2020

22oct3:30 pm4:30 pmThe Sibling Connection

29oct3:30 pm4:30 pmThe Sibling Connection

05nov3:30 pm4:30 pmThe Sibling Connection

05nov6:00 pm8:00 pmParent2Parent

11nov6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

14nov9:00 am12:00 pmVirtual Mental Health & Wellness in Adults with Down syndrome

05dec6:00 pm8:00 pmParent2Parent

09dec6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

05jan6:00 pm8:00 pmParent2Parent

13jan6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

05feb6:00 pm8:00 pmParent2Parent

10feb6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

10mar6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

14apr6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

12may6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

09jun6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

14jul6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

11aug6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

OUR MISSION

To enhance the quality of life for all people whose lives are touched by Down syndrome.

OUR VISION

We envision a community that demonstrates acceptance, inclusion and appreciation for those who have Down syndrome.

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