May 5 free webinar on Fun Therapeutic Activities for Summertime!

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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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!

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Join a variety of therapy specialists (Speech, OT, PT) from UCP of Central Florida for some timely at-home ideas and activities to help your son or daughter with Down syndrome reach their next developmental goals in a easy, fun and practical way!


Title: DSACF Lunch & Learn: Therapeutic Activities for Summer Time!
Date: Monday, May 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet


Register online for Meet Their Need & They Will Read, May 4

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Register at 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.

12:00-12:30  Registration

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

PRESCHOOL READINESS CAMP Registration Mon-Thurs July 7-24 Tuskawilla Presby Church

March 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Summer program reg form 2014

Ages 2-5 for children with DS (and siblings if space allows)

9am-1pm July 7-24 Mondays through Thursdays

Tuskawilla Presbyterian Church, 3600 W SR 426, Oviedo

Held in conjunction with the Child Development Center at Rollins College and the Tuskawilla Presbyterian Church, the camp has been expanded to two classrooms this year.

Fee this year is $30 for all three weeks.


Florida Down Syndrome Conference Details

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FRIDAY: Parking passes are required for Parking Garage A  at  And all sessions and events are held in the Teaching Academy Building/College of Education.

2-5pm DS Group Leaders

5-6pm Reception

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


March 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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WindmillProject Windmill Blows Again! DSACF is getting ready for World Down Syndrome Day 2014…not just for the day but the entire month of March. Once again Project Windmill will blow through our offices. Honor a loved one, a community champion, your family with a pinwheel (our version of the windmill). Project Windmill was born in reference to “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley as she describes what it is to be a parent of a child with special needs. This beautiful poem illustrates the journey of parenthood through a surprise trip to Holland. DSACF honors this journey with our windmills…to showcase the power of our community. Join today and purchase your “windmill” and your pinwheel will be placed in the front yard of the DSACF offices. Moved by the wind and placed by a caring these windmills will dot the yard each representing a family, a loved one and together shows the strength and pride of the Down syndrome community. To purchase your “windmill” please visit or call 407-478-5621. Together we can make Central Florida our very own Holland! If you have a business and would like to participate in the 3rd Annual Project Windmill please contact Edward DeAguilera at 407-478-5621.

Correction of Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome Article re Gold’s Gym/TAG Donation

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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.

Free Sign Language Workshop Starts Feb. 10

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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

Florida DS Conference March 7-8, 2014 UCF

January 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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University of Central Florida

2-8 Friday, March 7 Pre-Conference Sessions

8:30-5 Saturday, March For the current list of workshop titles and presenters (subject to change and we are still adding additional nationally recognized experts in the DS Community), visit:   Current Workshop Topics 2014  Further details about our keynote presenters will be mailed with registration packets as well as available in the program at the event. Questions? Contact us at 407.478.5621.


Community Champions Nominations Due Jan. 27

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Know someone or know a company/corporation/organization that goes the extra mile to promote awareness of Down syndrome? That personifies the world of inclusion? That advocates for the Down syndrome world?

Nominate by January 27 for our Community Champion Awards Dinner at the Florida DS Conference on March 8, 2014.

Dance/Movement Classes Begin Jan. 22 at 4 pm

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Dance-Movement-Registration (3)

Join Miss Halle and Miss Jenna for an hour of dance/movement. Free, but registration required. All ages.

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