Down syndrome is a genetic condition which is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. It occurs in 1 out of every 691 births and affects people of all races and economic levels.
We are beyond excited to announce that we are expanding our office and adding a brand new Empowerment Center! This new space will be filled with therapeutic equipment and technology designed for individuals with Down syndrome to learn, play, grow, and explore! It will also include a multi-purpose room for additional programming and sensory areas. The Empowerment Center will be directly attached to our current office space!
Every day we make meaningful strides to foster inclusion and to celebrate the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. There is no better place to show your support than at Sawyer Point at our Annual Buddy Walk.
Empowerment classes are offered to individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and abilities. These classes are offered on a quarterly basis and may include sign language, kitchen skills, physical therapy, art skills, music therapy, and much more. The purpose of our Empowerment Classes is to truly empower participants to learn a new skill or partake in a new activity. All of our classes have defined learning objectives and are led by certified professionals and/or experts in their field. In addition, we provide volunteers for natural support and encouragement. We want everyone to feel welcome at our programs. We will gladly work with you and/or your loved one to provide the most successful environment for learning or socializing.
On the 21st of each month, we host an educational workshop for parents, community professionals, relatives, and advocates (ages 15 & up). Workshop topics change each month and local experts present in their area of expertise. Some 21 Series topics include Sensory Processing, Puberty, Healthcare Transitions, and much more! All of our 21 Series are FREE to attend, but registration is required.
Our summer tutoring program is offered to expand learning time for children with Down syndrome. It is led by high quality certified special education instructors. The tutoring program will be individualized and customized via parent/caregiver desires. There will be a certified special education teacher and three educational aides per session. In 2020, Summer Tutoring will be offered in two locations (Cincinnati/Norwood and NKY).
iCan Bike uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained staff to enable individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Riders attend one 75 minute session each day for five consecutive days where they learn to ride while accompanied and encouraged by volunteer “spotters”. Over the course of the week, we continually adjust the bikes in an effort to challenge riders balance as they gradually discover the skill and joy of riding.
The Independent Living Retreat is a weekend-long retreat for adults 18 & up that focuses on community service, learning new skills, making friendships and gaining independence. OWN: Optimizing What’s Next is a one day event that is based from our popular Independent Living Retreat. OWN focuses on community service, learning new skills, making friendships and gaining or increasing your OWN level of independence.