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!
It’s good to see you again! With the weather warming we have decided to host a few outdoor, small group gatherings. For all gatherings, we ask that participants wear masks. We understand some of our friends with Ds struggle keeping them on, and just ask that they try their best for as long as they can, and everyone observe social distancing protocol.
Sibshops is a nationally acclaimed program that provides peer support within a recreational environment. It’s designed to celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs! Each Sibshop encourages kids to participate in a variety of activities that encourage sharing, laughter and fun! Kids will have the chance to meet other kids whose brothers and sisters have special needs and talk about their experiences.
For the summer, we are offering an extended three-day Sibshop. This workshop will be geared towards siblings 9-13 years old.
June 22-24, 2021from 9-12 pm
Teen Relationship Training
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 prepare and empower our loved ones with the information and coping mechanisms to prevent becoming a victim of sexual & verbal abuse. The course will provide information about the different types of relationships we experience throughout a lifetime; tools to understand and talk about the feelings and emotions, the boundaries and responsibilities associated with them, discussions about appropriate public and private talk, and the class will also explore how to identify if a relationship has gone bad and examine ways to end a relationship and deal with feelings in a healthy way, all in a teaching setting that will respect each participant's different learning styles and abilities. 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!
Class size will be limited to 4 individuals per session. Class will meet every Tuesday for 8 consecutive weeks at the DSACC Office: 1491 W Shaw Fresno, Ca 93711.
Session 1: Tuesday’s 4:30- 5:30 pm
Session 2: Tuesday’s 5:30-6:30 pm
Register HERE, or contact DSACC staff at 559.228.0411, email@example.com
Move & Groove with Julia
We are so excited to welcome our newest volunteer, Julia, who joins us from Fresno State where she is a Recreation major! Join Julia the second Saturday of the month to move and groove together through a new activity each month- Zumba, dance parties, and more! For everyone’s safety- we ask that our friends with Ds come with their own buddy if needed. We will also be limiting the number of participants so please register in advance.
$5 per participant.
Meet ups will go from 9:00-10:00 am
May 8, 2021 June 12, 2021
July 10, 2021 August 14, 2021
September 11, 2021
Strollin & Rollin
One of the most important aspects of our organization is bringing our Ds community together. So in honor of that- we invite parents of new kiddos as well as parents with older kiddos, and our adults with Ds to get out and walk with us every Tuesday morning!
Meet at the Art of Life Healing Garden sign in Woodward Park at 9:00 am every Tuesday before heading out to walk around Woodward Park.
**Folks in attendance can decide the route that morning. Please note, there is a park entrance fee to park inside Woodward Park. Or you can park in the shopping center across Friant and walk in free. The Art of Life Healing Garden is at the Fort Washington/Friant entrance of Woodward Park.
This is NOT a formally organized event- DSACC staff may not always be in attendance, but it is a great opportunity to get out, move, and meet new friends. If you decide to stroll with us, please observe social distancing and wear a mask whenever possible.
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.