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 10-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.

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 Tuesday from April 14- June 16, 2020. ***Due to the corona virus, we will be hosting this program virtually via ZOOM meetings.  All participants will be emailed logon information
6:00-7:30 pm for 10 consecutive weeks.


Sib Shops acknowledge that being a sibling of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many- somewhere in between. Throughout the workshop, siblings will be led through a variety of high energy games, crafts & activities that to foster conversations, new friendships, knowledge & acceptance.
Cost is $5 per sibling

Sib Camps June 2020. Stay tuned for details!



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.