We began "painting the tri-state" as a unique way to celebrate our 2020 Buddy Walk. As part of the theme, we unveiled a mural at 209 East 12th Street in downtown Cincinnati. This mural will serve as a way for our entire community to celebrate the spirit of the Buddy Walk year round.
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 through our Annual Buddy Walk.
Our programs focus on therapeutic, life skills, recreational, educational and social opportunities for all ages. Currently, we offer new program opportunities on a monthly basis and have started phasing back into offering in-person options (with Covid-19 precautions) as well as continuing to offer our virtual options.
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.
Social clubs serve as an opportunity for our adults with Down syndrome to take a leadership role in planning and implementing their own social activities. These clubs were created to empower adults and increase independence.