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.

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Dating 101 for Parents and Young Adults

Is your young adult showing interest in dating, currently dating, or are you wanting a relationship for them?

In this 6-week workshop parents and their young adults (ages 14-22 yrs old) with developmental disabilities will dissect the in’s & outs of dating/relationships...from logistics to emotions- this workshop will help your young adult & you for this next phase of growing up. It will also cover general hygiene concepts as well.

Participants will use the book “Boyfriends & Girlfriends” by Terri Couwenhoven as a guide throughout this workshop to prepare them for dating. Facilitated by Susan Akbiyikian, master psychologist, this workshop will have the group engaged in activities and conversations promoting growth and preparation for this next big chapter of life.

  • $30 per parent/student pair (includes snacks and a copy of the materials used) *Scholarships available
  • Meets every Wednesday from 3:00- 4:00 pm for 6 consecutive weeks. Beginning July 15, 2020
  • Location: DSACC Office 1491 W Shaw Avenue Fresno, CA 93711
  • Participants must wear face masks or shield (DSACC will supply if needed), and temperatures will be taken upon arrival.
  • Limited to 8 people




Calling all siblings ages 7 -12 years old! We want to see your faces at our first ever Virtual Sib Shop! Sib Shops recognize the challenges and emotions of having a sibling with a disability. Through games and activities kids are able to open up and acknowledge all the emotions they are feeling.

Friday, July 10th, 2020 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM.

Parents, we want every child to feel like they can share anything with us without having to worry about anyone at home listening to what they say. We recommend finding your kiddo a quiet space with as much privacy as possible while they are on Zoom with us.

To register, please contact Joana at om@dsacc.org, or call 559.228.0411



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.