Family Assistance

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 krissyv@dsagc.com.

Winter 2017 DS Press

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.


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. DSAGC will provide access to 3 iPads. Our iPads currently have over 40 different applications for all ages and levels. Having access to these devices will allow 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.
 

Hospital Care Packages

Is your child (18 years and younger), with Down syndrome, spending three or more days in the hospital? The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati would love to support you during this difficult time. Please register to receive a Hospital Care Package. We are thinking about you and hope that this small token will put a smile on your face. You will find meal tickets, snacks, cards/stamps, activities, books, etc. Please remember, if you need anything we are here. 

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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


Wish List / Emergency Fund

The purpose of the DSAGC Wish List/Emergency Fund is to provide financial assistance to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The fund is available to individuals who are unable to obtain help through other social service channels and need something tangible that will help solve an immediate problem. The maximum amount of assistance offered is $200 per year. Wish List Application


Giving Tree

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati supports families through a variety of life circumstances.  The Giving Tree program is another way to offer support.  If you are a family in the local Down syndrome community and need assistance this holiday season, please consider reaching out to us for support.  We are able to service  ALL children in a family unit from newborn to 18 years (we also service adults with Down syndrome 18 & up).  

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