Upcoming 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!

Coming Up

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Skills to Thrive & Survive Teen & Adult Years- Virtual Conference

VIRTUAL Mental Health & Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome Conference presented by Dennis McGuire, LCSW, PhD

Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 9:00 am- 11:00 am
Registration $25

Teens & adults with Down syndrome can survive and thrive (even in times of Covid) despite concrete forms of thinking and behaving, which may greatly limit communication, flexibility, adaptive-ness to change and to new settings, as well as to negatively affect their perception of time & humor. There are in fact huge benefits to concrete thinking and also host of adaptive strategies that take advantage of other strengths and resources to manage this problem, such as the use of visual cues and the reliance on set patterns and routines, to learn or transfer skills to new settings. We will also discuss better ways to use their superb but quite often under-developed intuition and social sensitivity to enhance social relations. Finally, like all of us, people with DS need power and control and their attempts may become a little extreme or misguided but not if there is an understanding & encouragement for healthy & productive ways to do for self at each stage of life.

Dr. McGuire is a Down syndrome behavioral expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and developmental disabilities. He is the former Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Chicago, the largest, most prestigious clinic for adults with Down syndrome in the United States. He helped establish the center, which serves over 4,000 unique adult patients with Down syndrome each year. Dr. McGuire keynotes at events around the world and is the co-author of two prominent books about promoting wellbeing in adults with Down syndrome: Mental Wellness of Adults with Down Syndrome (2006), and The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome (2011), both by Woodbine House. He received the National Down Syndrome Congress Theodore D. Tjossem Research Award in 2003 and the World Down Syndrome Day Scientific Award in 2010. McGuire continues to see couples, families, and individuals in a private practice in the Chicago area. Dr. McGuire received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his master degree from the University of Chicago.

REGISTER HERE or contact Joana at om@dsacc.org, 559.228.0411


Virtual Conservatorship Workshop

Thursday, January 14 from 6-8:30pm

$5 per participant

DSACC is excited to welcome Fresno Paralegal Services for a workshop to help us learn about - What is a Conservatorship? Types of Conservatorship, Power of Attorney vs. Conservatorship, the process and so much more!

This is a workshop you are not going to want to miss, especially if you have a young adult nearing or at the age of 18.

Register today HERE


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 pmSkills to Thrive & Survive the teen & adult years

05dec9:00 am11:30 amDrive thru Donuts with Santa

05dec6:00 pm8:00 pmParent2Parent

09dec6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

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13jan6:00 pm8:00 pmGrupo Apoyo

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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.