Programs

EMPOWERMENT CLASSES

Music Therapy

AGES 3 - 6 YEARS
Tuesdays | June 9th - July 14th
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM
DSAGC Hatton Foundation Community Room
$20 FEE for 6 CLASSES
Music therapy provides a unique range of music-based experiences tailored to meet the needs of each individual.  These are designed in a purposeful and developmentally appropriate manner to produce positive changes in a child's behavior and facilitate growth in communication, social/emotional, sensory-motor, and/or cognitive skills. Music therapists work with a wide variety of client populations.  Essentially, a music therapist is using music and music-based strategies to address non-musical goals.  ONE sibling is welcome to attend this class.
*This class has a maximum capacity of 16 children (including one sibling per family).  Therefore, if there are more than 8 registrations, we will have a lottery draw and you will be contacted prior to the start of the class.  Registration closes two weeks prior to the class start date.  We will notify you as soon as possible about the outcome of the lottery draw.  
Registration Closed

Group Story Time

AGES 4 - 7 YEARS
Saturdays | June 13th - July 25th
10 AM - 11 AM
DSAGC Hatton Foundation Community Room
$20 FEE for 6 CLASSES
Being part of a group is very important for your child to be naturally motivated to enhance social, communicative interactions.  The main focus of these classes is to be a part of a group.  It is designed to begin with circle time (song, greetings, book), then motor activity (obstacle course, parachute) and finally a craft (based on the book theme with a focus on sharing).  
*This class has a maximum capacity of 8 children.  Therefore, if there are more than 8 registrations, we will have a lottery draw and you will be contacted prior to the start of the class.  Registration closes two weeks prior to the class start date.  We will notify you as soon as possible about the outcome of the lottery draw.  ​  
Registration Closed

Sit to Fit

AGES 14 & UP
July 13 - September 7
Various Locations (see registration)
$60 FEE 

If you’ve ever felt motivated to begin an exercise program, to get out and walk or run, and then lost interest, here is something just for you… join other beginners – runners and walkers – and discover the benefits of getting fit. This eight-week exercise program, with convenient locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, offers you an enjoyable way to train and experience the power, benefits, and enjoyment of training with a group of other runners and walkers.  All participants will be partnered with a walking buddy.  Walking buddies can be siblings, parents, friends, etc. or the DSAGC can provide a trained volunteer.
Learn more and register 

Previous Classes
Sign Language, Dramakinetics, Kitchen Skills, Cheerleading, Melodic Connections, Move N Groove, Physical Therapy
Future Classes - Stay Tuned!
Speech Therapy, Sit 2 Fit, Dance Class, Art Class, Employment Series

Frequently Asked Questions about Empowerment Classes

 

SIGNATURE EVENTS

Independent Living Retreat - SOLD OUT!

AGES 18 & UP
June 5th - June 7th
​Xavier University
Spend the weekend with DSAGC staff and volunteers at Xavier University's apartment style dorms! We’ll learn independent living skills such as communication (both verbal and non-verbal), appropriate relationships, money management, social engagement, community service, cooking and more!  
Learn more 

iCan Bike Camp

AGES 8 - 21 YEARS
July 20th - July 24th
Mount Saint Joseph University
The goal of iCan Bike is to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle and become lifelong independent riders. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.
Learn more and register

Summer Tutoring

GRADES K - 8th
Session 1 • June 16 - July 16
Session 2 • July 28 - Aug 13

* Tutoring is only held on Tuesdays & Thursdays
The DSAGC is initiating a summer enrichment program to offer expanded learning time for children with Down syndrome led by high quality certified special education instructors with a ratio of one teacher and one assistant per four students. The teachers will address the two areas of greatest learning loss: math and reading.
Learn more and register

 

FAMILY SOCIALS

Early Matters Ice Cream Social

Sunday | July 19
AGES PRENATAL - 5 YEARS (and their families)
Sharon Woods Playground & Spray Park, 11450 Lebanon Road Cincinnati, OH 
3 - 5 PM

Please be sure to bring your swim suits and towels! (and sunscreen of course!).  Expect snacks and ice cream!  Meet up with your friends or make some new friends.  Either way it will be a fun day!  If you have never been to this park, it is a dry playground area connected to a spray park.  There is also a small man-made stream for children to dip their feet in.  It is for all ages so bring the entire family out!  There is covered picnic tables in this area so babies are welcome to hang out in the shade.
Let us know you are coming 

Adult Matters Reds Outing

Sunday | July 19
AGES 18 & UP
Great American Ballpark
1:10 PM (meeting time 12:30 pm - pickup time 4:00 PM)

Take me out to the ballgame!  Join your DSAGC friends for a day of fun at the ballpark.  We will meet at the Red's Hall of Fame at 12:30 pm (look for the DSAGC sign).  Family members and friends are welcome to attend too! Tickets are $15 per person.  Hope to see many of you there!
Sign-up to join us

Previous Family Socials
Winter Dance, Reel Abilities Film Festival, Adult Matters Movie Night, Early Matters Spring Social, Sky Zone
Future Family Socials - Stay Tuned!
Summer Picnic, Harvest Party, Holiday Party

 

PARENT EVENTS

Meet N' Greet School Age Matters Coordinator

Parents and children born in 2006-2010
Monday | June 8
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
DSAGC Hatton Foundation Community Room

Come meet our School Age Matters Coordinator, Joanie Elfers and learn about all the resources she has to offer!  Parents are welcome to bring their child with Down syndrome too! 
Let us know you are coming

Don't miss out.....

PAUL DAUGHERTY BOOK SIGNING 

MONDAY | JUNE 1
7 PM
DSAGC Hatton Foundation Community Room

For those of you who were unable to attend Paul’s first book signing, we are hosting another opportunity for you to meet this author and dad.  An Uncomplicated Life is a father’s exhilarating and funny love letter to his daughter with Down syndrome whose vibrant and infectious approach to life has something to teach all of us about how we can better live out own life.

Paul Daugherty is an award-winning sports journalist and author.  Paul is married with two children (Jillian has Down syndrome) and lives in Cincinnati, OH.

Previous Parent Events
Health Awareness Day, Waivers & Resources
Future Parent Events - Stay Tuned!
Employment Series, Family Resource Conference