Please know that while we are unable to have in-person programs and events at this time, we are here to support you during the changes and challenges ahead. Our staff team is still working and dedicated to providing ongoing support, resources, and outreach services.
We are excited to connect with our families even more through a variety of *virtual* programs! Each week, we will offer a new interactive social or learning opportunity for each age group. In addition to these new program options, we continue to provide support, resources, and outreach. While we can’t wait to see everyone again at our in-person programs and events, we remain committed to our mission and are still available to support each family and their unique needs during this time.
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 or around the 21st of each month, we host an educational workshop for parents, community professionals, relatives, and advocates. 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 (students who are in college for special education) per session.
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 (ILR) is a weekend-long experience for adults with Down syndrome looking to gain their own version of independence. The retreat provides opportunities for community service, learning new skills, making friendships and overall growth. There is a strong emphasis on developing and working through individual goals.