DSAGC Family Resources

Ds Press

The Ds Press shares current information on a variety of topics relating to Down syndrome. These topics include medical, educational, and a “page for every age”. The newsletter also publicizes the meetings and events sponsored by the DSAGC. The Ds Press is published 4 times per year and currently reaches over 3,000 individuals including parents, professionals and individuals with Down syndrome.  If you’d like to receive the Ds Press, please contact Krissy Vinson (editor) at krissyg@dsagc.com or CLICK HERE for the latest edition.


Lending Library
One of the largest strengths of our organization can be found in our Lending Library. This unique collection contains comprehensive information on topics such as teaching strategies, medical concerns, social development, parenting and much more. A children's section is also available which currently contains over 80 titles. Our collection is accessed daily by families, teachers and healthcare professionals. Books, videos, and DVD’s can be shipped or picked up in our office. New materials are continually being sought in order to provide the most current and accurate information available. Our library currently contains over 600 resources.  If you'd like to use this resource, please contact Amie Smith at amies@dsagc.com.

Community Participation Fund
We have a limited amount of scholarships available for individuals with Down syndrome to participate in community activities (such as camps, soccer, swim lessons) and therapies.  There is also funding available for parents to attend educational meetings or conferences.  We pay half of the request (up tp $200 per year).  You must live within our 12 county area to be eligible.  Please contact, Lisa Steele at lisa@dsagc.com for more information.  

Community Participation Fund Form


iPad Rental
Technology is deeply intertwined into our daily lives.  We see and use it constantly throughout our day, whether we’re chatting on a cell phone, using a communication device or playing angry birds while waiting for an appointment.

The DSAGC strives to provide the most up-to-date ways to connect and educate families. We have 3 iPads, each with over 30 different applications for all ages and levels. Having access to these devices allows our families to have time for exploration into technology within their own home and at their own pace.  To rent an iPad, please contact Amie Smith at amies@dsagc.com.

 

Taxi Vouchers
Taxi vouchers are available to anyone with Down syndrome (all ages).  The taxi will accommodate up to 4 people, and one of those people must have Down syndrome.  Wheelchair accessible taxis are available.  Contact Amie Smith at amies@dsagc.com to request taxi vouchers.

Who operates the Taxi Voucher program?

Community Yellow Cab - ONLY

859-261-4400 or 513-241-2100

629 York St, Newport, KY  41071

What areas of town are included?

3 counties in Kentucky – Boone, Campbell and Kenton and 1 county in Ohio – Hamilton.

How much is each voucher book worth? 

Each book contains $25.00 of vouchers. The taxi rate is: $4.00 for a drop fee to enter the car and as a minimum fare. $0.20 a 1/10 of a mile for a $2.00 total paid mile.

Example: If a customer travels exactly 10 miles, the total fare will be $24.00.

Who can use the voucher?

Anyone with Down syndrome can use the vouchers.  There is no age limit.  The taxi will accommodate up to 4 people.  One of the people must have Down syndrome but family or friends can also ride in the taxi. Community Cab also has taxis that are wheelchair accessible.  These need to be requested when the reservations are made.

Is there a limit on the number of books I can get?  Do I have to buy them?

The Down syndrome Association has received a grant to purchase 250 books of vouchers.  Each person can request up to $100 worth of vouchers per month free of charge.  The booklets are good for 1 year so you cannot receive additional booklets until the ones you currently have are used.

Who should I contact to get the vouchers?

The Down syndrome Association needs to track the voucher books so please contact Amie Smith, Office Coordinator, at 513-761-5400 or amies@dsgac.com, to request additional booklets. 

When can the vouchers be used?

Taxi vouchers can be used anytime for any reason.  They can be used for DSAGC programs or events, work, volunteer opportunities, social events, doctor appointments or any other time needed.  Remember you only get $100 (4 books) a month so other transportation options will still need to be used.

Can the vouchers be used for tips?

Yes, vouchers can be given to the Taxi driver as a tip.  Suggested tipping is 15% of the bill to the taxi driver.

Can I request a driver?

Yes, it is common for people to request a driver they like and feel comfortable with.  Sometimes the driver will even give out his personal phone number so you can call directly.

Why should I use a taxi?

Some of the reasons to use a taxi instead of other transportation:

Can call less than 24 hours ahead of time
Can get to Kentucky – even the airport
Taxi can hold up to 4 people – you can pick up people at different addresses
It takes less time than the bus
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