You and your family are invited to our annual Step Up Kickoff Dinner at Calvary Assembly, Johnson Hall, 1199 Clay St., Winter Park, on Friday, August 15 from 7-9pm. Free dinner courtesy of Tijuana Flats, Fiesta-themed games and activities, great prizes, lots of fabulous info on the upcoming walk (how to set up your team, facts and info about the event and more) and free childcare for the kids. NEW this year: Dance Party! No need to RSVP…just show up and join us for a good time!
To register for the Walk itself–which will be held on Sat., Oct. 4 from 8am-12:30pm–visit www.stepuporlando.kintera.org.
Don’t miss the free lunch-n-learn webinar at 12 noon on Monday, May 5, featuring OT Irma Rose and SLP Samantha Hinson from United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida. They will be presenting ideas for simple, free and fun therapeutic activities to do with your children at home this summer!
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Don’t miss the April 14 free lunch-n-learn webinar at 12 noon! To access the recorded webinar until May 13, click here: http://www.dsacf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-04-14-12.05-DSACF-Lunch-nLearn-DS-Cognition-Research-Today.wmv
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-their-need-they-will-read-tickets-11190165085 and join us for award-winning author and innovative educator Natalie Hale for a 3-part literacy seminar for parents and professionals teaching reading to learners with Down syndrome of ANY age! Hale, author of “Down Syndrome Parenting 101″ will cover the most effective methods, materials and motivation guidelines, as well as topics like: current best practice, optimal order of learning to read, sight word v. phonemic awareness, teaching non-verbal children, teaching older non-readers, errorless teaching techniques, how to engage motivation, Fast Flash methodology, comprehension tips and guidelines for creating personal books and adapting trade books.
12:30-3pm “Meet Their Need & They Will Read”
3-3:15 Break/free refreshments
3:15-4:15 How To Create Personal Books and How To Modify Trade Books
Bring: (1) new early reading book on a movie or topic your child loves or bring one of their favorite books from home that you would like to modify to their reading level.
Cost: Only $10 per person, includes materials (except book you bring) and refreshments
FRIDAY: Parking passes are required for Parking Garage A at http://www.dsacf.org/?attachment_id=1834. And all sessions and events are held in the Teaching Academy Building/College of Education.
2-5pm DS Group Leaders
6-9pm Spring Fling Dance for Self -Advocates & Opening Session featuring JoAnn Simons and “I am More” film
SATURDAY: No parking passes required for any garage parking. All sessions are held in the Student Union. Self-Advocates check in on 1st floor by Pegasus Ballroom and all others check in on 3rd Floor 8:30-9am.
9am-5pm Plenary and workshop sessions
1-2:30pm Community Champions Awards Banquet
On Tuesday, Feb. 18, PRWeb went live with an article about a recent and generous donation from a soldier who won a Gold’s Gym Dr. Phillips contest. The soldier, along with Gold’s Gym and TAG Business Strategies, donated checks and a 60-inch television to benefit the programs and offerings of the DSACF’s Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (DADS) community group. Unfortunately, the press release used the incorrect name in the headline and body of the story, referring to the group as Dads Against Down Syndrome. DSACF is working actively with representatives from TAG and Gold’s Gym Dr. Phillips to issue a corrected press release and has also already been in contact with DADS National. DSACF is committed to all individuals with Down syndrome and believe strongly in their value to our families and society. Words DO matter. We apologize for any confusion.
You asked for it and you got it! A FREE 4-week sign language class for parents and caregivers of children with Down syndrome is starting next Monday and will be held weekly from 7-8:30pm at 204 N. Wymore Rd., Winter Park. It is free to DSACF members and $25 for non-members. The instructor is a certified behavior analyst. Please register by Feb. 10 at http://www.dsacf.org/?attachment_id=1807.
DSACF is looking for individuals with Down syndrome, those with extensive marketing and PR experience, and individuals who live in Volusia, Osceola, Lake or other outlying counties to serve on next year’s board of directors. If you fit any of this criteria or have other unique talents that would help to serve all individuals with Down syndrome and their families, fill out a board candidate packet: MASTER PACKET for Potential DSACF Board Candidates2014 . Applications are open to everyone over the age of 18 and we would love to hear from you!
DENVER & ATLANTA (Dec. 3, 2013) – Medical professionals, self-advocates and parents of people with Down syndrome will have access to 14 innovative educational programs across the U.S. and Puerto Rico through $155,000 in Global Down Syndrome Educational Grants. One of the largest grants of $10,000 went to Orlando’s own Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.
Global Down Syndrome Regional Seminar Series will be a quarterly program for self-advocates, their families and medical professionals in various locations across central Florida and the first one will debut in Orange County on Saturday, March 8. For more details about the grants and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, click here.
Join us and presenter Jenn Sikora, winner of the 2012 National Down Syndrome Society Champions of Change award, as we discuss the details of the ABLE Act and what impact it would have on your family if it passes this Congressional session. Easy to understand and important in the life of your loved one–no matter what age! When? Monday, Dec. 16, from 12 noon-1pm. Free to all DSACF members, registration required here.