Our Workshops


A large conference with nationally known speakers is typically scheduled bi-annually.   Conferences have focused on social issues, healthcare, behavioral issues, sexuality, abuse prevention, estate planning and education techniques.

We are devoted to providing pertinent educational opportunities that empower our membership and community to become better educated about people with Down syndrome, the challenges they face, and how to help these individuals achieve their life goals.

Smaller Scale Workshops and Talks

Periodically, we schedule smaller scale workshops and programs that cover topics related to Down syndrome in the areas of parenting, education, healthcare, recreation, therapies, self advocacy, sibling issues, behavior, and life planning to name a few.

puberty workshop

The years leading up to and into puberty can cause anxiety for many families as their child's development forces the realization and inevitability of adulthood.  This workshop is for parents with a child/teen who has an intellectual or developmental disability. Terri will focus on the common questions and concerns identified by parents of children and teens between the ages of 9 and 15 years old.

Terri Couwenhoven MS, CSE is a well-known certified sex educator and author, specializing in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them. Her gentle, matter-of-fact approach combined with extensive knowledge and experience make her a popular speaker with self-advocates, parents, and professionals around the country.

Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 6-8 pm
$10 parents, $20 Professionals
Scholarships available

No parent wants to think about their child growing up and dating, but relationships are so much more than dating!

The goal of this course is to give participants the tools & knowledge they need to recognize what kind of relationship they are in, to be safe, and how to recognize when a relationship is unhealthy for them; for example- if someone is being verbally or sexually abusive, and how to get out of that relationship.

This 8-week course is tailored for individuals ages 13-22 with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our facilitator will cover every type of relationship; familial, acquaintances, close friends, support staff/service providers, etc. Content is also tailored to the needs & desired outcomes of the participants.

Parents/Guardians will be present for the first session to share they desired outcomes, and from then on- participants will continue on their own in a supportive and closed environment.

Thanks to the generous support of The Fansler Foundation the course cost is only $5 per participant

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Space is limited to 6-8 participants

Fresno Relationships 101:
Where: DSACC office, 1491 W Shaw Avenue Fresno CA
When: Every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm
Beginning September 6 thru October 25, 2022

Visalia Relationships 101:
Where: TCOE conference center, Room to be announced
When: Every Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm
Beginning September 1 thru October 20, 2022


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.