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2022 Winter Programs

Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  

Empowerment Series

Empowerment Series occur once a week for 3 – 5 weeks. The classes build upon each other and are designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome. Registration is required.  For most series, there is a one-time $20 fee to participate for the entire series. DSAGC families are welcome to use our Community Participation Fund to help cover the cost.

Tumble Bees Gymnastics (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: 0 – 5
Date: every Sunday in February
Time: 12:00 - 12:45 pm
Location: Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E Kemper Rd Cincinnati, OH 45249
Cost: $20
Description: Tumble Bees is a gross motor development program with an emphasis of gymnastics.  The Tumble Bee curriculum is designed so each activity plays a role in developing coordination, strength, spatial awareness, body control, and so much more.  The activities are presented in a creative, non-threatening approach developed specifically to individualize the pace in which each child learns. 

In this four-week series, your child will be introduced to skills of gross motor development, strength and coordination, and early gymnastics fundamentals.  This class provides multiple opportunities to roll, jump, crawl, climb, and so much more.

Parents are invited to accompany their child in class to assist with new concepts, be hands on with some skills, and get an up-close view of their child learning.
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Strong Swimmers (ages 6 months - 5)

Ages: 6 months – 5
Cost: $20
Description: The goal of this program is to provide both parents and swimmers with the skills of water safety when they are in and around aquatic environments. These lessons will follow the YMCA Swim Lesson program design focusing on water safety, safe entry and exits to the pool, asking permission, bubbles and parent guided submersion, floating on front and back, “reach-throw-don’t go”, and more. We’ll have songs and games to help introduce and reinforce swimming skills.

Parents and swimmers only need to bring their suit and towel to class. If a swimmer is not potty-trained, a swim diaper is required. The YMCA will provide all other safety and instructional equipment. Parents will need to be in the water with their child.

CLERMONT COUNTY LOCATION
Date: Wednesdays (January 5th – February 9th)
Time: 6 month – 2 years (6:00 – 6:30 pm) & 3 – 5 years (6:45 - 7:15 pm)
Location: Clermont County YMCA, 2075 James E. Sauls Sr. Dr, Batavia, OH 45103
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CAMPBELL COUNTY LOCATION
Date:
 Saturdays (January 8th – February 12th)
Time: 6 month – 2 years (10:00 – 10:30 am) & 3 – 5 years (10:40 – 11:10 am)
Location: Campbell County YMCA, 1437 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
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Early Matters Playgroup (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: 0 – 5
Date: every Wednesday
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center (4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212)
Cost: Free
Description: The Early Matters Playgroup is an opportunity for parents to socialize with each other while children interact and play together. Each playgroup will start with circle time (introductions and a welcome song) and the rest of the time will be spent as open play. Siblings are welcome to attend.
Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
Registration: Registration is required. Please register if you are interested in joining us for one Wednesday or every Wednesday. We will send reminders out each week, and you can join if it fits into your schedule.
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Soccer Shots (ages 6 - 17)

Ages: 6 - 17
Date: Thursdays (February 3 – March 3)
Time: ages 6 – 11 (5:30 – 6:15 pm) & ages 12 – 17 (6:25 – 7:10 pm)
Location: Cincy Sports Nation (5999 Meijer Drive, Milford OH 45150)
Cost: $20
Description: Soccer Shots EMPOWER is an engaging soccer program with a focus on character development. This program provides an avenue for fun, participation, growth, and much more with passionate coaches and volunteers.
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Running / Walking Group (ages 6 & up)

Ages: all ages
Date: every Tuesday & Saturday (January 22nd – the World Down Syndrome Day 5K on March 27th)
Time: Tuesdays (6:00 – 7:00 pm) + Saturdays (10:00 – 11 am)
Location: Tuesdays (DSAGC, 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, Ohio 45212) + Saturdays (Mercy Health  1701 Mercy Health Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237)
Cost: $20 (this fee will also cover your entrance fee for the World Down Syndrome Day 5K)
Description: Join the DSAGC running/walking group led by Mike Smith "Smitty". This 10-week training program will lead up to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati’s World Down Syndrome Day 5K on Sunday, March 27th. Coach Smitty will focus on many aspects of health and exercise, especially walking and running techniques. Any level of fitness may join, so please register with a friend or relative who is at your same pace, so you can enjoy the training course safely together.
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Everyone's Book Club (ages 13 & up)

Ages: 13 & up
Dates: Last Thursday of the month January 27th, February 24th, & March 31st
Cost: Free
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Norwood Public Library, 4325 Montgomery Rd Cincinnati, OH 45212
Description: An inclusive book club that will be held as a partnership between the Cincinnati Public Library and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Each month we will read a portion of the book and meet to discuss. The first book we will be reading is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. We encourage EVERYONE to join!
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Healthy Living (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Tuesdays (January 11 – 25)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: DSAGC | 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: $20
Description: Let’s kick off the new year right with a focus on healthy living. Each week, experts in physical health, mental health and nutrition will provide hands-on learning opportunities. This series will allow participants to learn fun exercises, practice mindfulness, and make healthy food choices with a buffet dinner.
Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
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1:1 Winter Tutoring

Our Winter Tutoring program provides weekly 1:1 tutoring with a quality special education teacher. Our tutors are local teachers who have a combined 50+ years of experience helping children with disabilities learn and achieve their goals. They customize each learning opportunity to fit their student’s individual needs and desired academic goals. Tutoring is available for students grade K – 12. All sessions take place at the DSAGC Empowerment Center.

Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  

January 18 – February 24

choose from one of the following sessions

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Pop-Up Classes & Socials

Pop-Up Classes & Socials occur on occasion and include various learning components, but focus heavily on social networking and building relationships. Registration is required for each individual pop-up class and social. At times there may be a cost associated, but the majority of these opportunities are free.

The Lucky Few Saint Patrick's Day Social (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: Families 0 – 5
Date: Thursday, March 17th 
Time:
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost:  Free
Description: Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together with our LUCKY Few! We’ll have fun St. Patrick’s Day themed activities and special treats for all the little leprechauns to enjoy! Other family members are welcome to attend, but please only register your child with Down syndrome. Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
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Steps to Success: When to Start Toilet Training (all ages)

Ages: all ages
Date: Saturday, January 22
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Trumpet Behavioral Health, 3611 Socialville-Fosters Rd Suite 101, Mason, OH 45040
Cost:  Free
Presented By: Christina Miller, M.A., BCBA, COBA-Senior Clinician
Description: If you are beginning your journey into toilet training, join our Steps to Success Workshop. Learn about what to expect plus tips and tricks when toilet training kids with Down syndrome. Parents will learn prerequisites to toilet training, how to track accidents and successes, and reinforcement strategies for successes.
Christina has a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and has been working in the field of Autism and other developmental disabilities for nine years. She has experience in problem behavior, early intervention and social skills in a variety of settings. She is passionate about teaching others how ABA can have a positive impact on their daily live. 
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Rockin' Jump Social (ages 6 - 17)

Ages: 6 – 17
Date: Wednesday, February 16 
Time:
5:00 – 6:00 pm (recommended to arrive 20 minutes early)
Location: Rockin’ Jump, 8350 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45239
Cost:  $10
Description: Join us to soar in open jump arenas, dive into pools of soft foam cubes, and play in the slam dunk zone! Siblings are welcome to attend, but will need to register separately at the facility.
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Winter Dance (ages 15 & up)

Ages: 15 & up
Date: This event has been postponed to the Spring. The new date is Friday, April 22. Those that have already registered can keep their registration or receive a refund. We will open registration back up on March 1st.
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: $10
Description: For a variety of reasons, we aren’t able to host our annual Winter Dance at the Newport Syndicate like we typically do. But don’t worry – we will back at the Newport Syndicate in 2023, and the event will once again be open for everyone in the community to attend!

We didn’t want to go a year without the magic of the Winter Dance….so, we are hosting the Winter Dance at the DSAGC Empowerment Center for adults with Down syndrome! We will have a photo booth to capture memories, a red-carpet to show off the glamourous looks, dancing with our favorite tunes, and a fantastic pizza dinner.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to "Get Fancy" with us beforehand complete with a fun limo ride around town!

Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
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Let's Get Fancy (ages 15 & up)

Ages: 15 & up
Date: This event has been postponed to the Spring. The new date is Friday, April 22. Those that have already registered can keep their registration or receive a refund. We will open registration back up on March 1st.
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: Free
Description: After you get your ticket to the Winter Dance, you can sign-up for our “Let’s Get Fancy” event for some pampering. Attendees will have the opportunity to get their hair, nails, and make-up done by professionals in preparation for the Winter Dance.
Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
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SINGO (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Wednesday, January 5 (cancelled due to Covid-19)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Dead Low Brewing 5959 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45230
Cost: Free
Description: We will meet at Dead Low Brewing for a few rounds of SINGO, which is a musical spin on BINGO! Stephanie will go over the rules of Singo before the game, and we will have volunteers to help assist throughout the night. If you’d like to order good or drinks, please bring additional money to do so.
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Art & Apps (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Saturday, January 15
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: $10
Description: Join us for a morning of art and apps! Each person will get to create a piece of art and take it home. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided! Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
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O.W.N. Day (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Saturday, February 26
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Cost: $35
Location: Mount St. Joseph University, 5701 Delhi Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45233
Description: O.W.N. stands for Optimizing What’s Next. It is a one-day event that is based on our popular Independent Living Retreat. O.W.N. focuses on community service, learning new skills, making friendships, and increasing your O.W.N level of independence.
Registration: Due to the popularity of this event, we will have a Lottery Draw registration process. Registration will close on January 18, and we will contact all registrants ASAP regarding their registration status. Payment is not due until after registration is finalized.
Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
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Baking at Tablespoon (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Tuesday, March 15th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Tablespoon Cooking Co., 1719 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45220
Cost: $10
Description: Join Chef Jordan & Chef Daniel at Tablespoon Cooking Co. for this fun baking class where we'll be working on skills such as measuring, stirring, and cooking. Our fine motor skills, those involving small muscles of the hands and fingers, will be enhanced while baking up a tasty treat! All ingredients will be provided by Tablespoon Cooking Co.
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March Madness Party (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Friday, March 25th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: DSAGC, 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Come cheer on your favorite basketball teams during the March Madness Sweet 16! We will have two games shown on projectors at the DSAGC. Wear your favorite college sports gear! Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
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Virtual Programs

While the majority of our programs are back in-person, we will still offer several virtual opportunities on a monthly basis. Registration is required, but it is FREE to participate. 

Virtual Cooking with Chef Miles

Ages: all ages
Date: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Description: Join Chef Miles in this virtual cooking class where we will create something delicious!  We'll measure, mix, and make something great! A list of needed ingredients and supplies will be emailed to all registrants one week prior to the class.
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Virtual Baking with Chefs Jordan and Daniel

Ages: all ages
Date: 3rd Tuesday of each month
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Description: Join Chef Jordan & Chef Daniel in this fun virtual baking class where we'll be working on skills such as measuring, stirring, and cooking. Our fine motor skills, those involving small muscles of the hands and fingers, will be enhanced while baking up a tasty treat! An added bonus of these virtual classes is that you will be practicing cooking in your own kitchen with your own appliances and utensils!
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Virtual Bingo

Ages: all ages
Date: 2nd Friday of each month
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Description: Families of all ages are invited to play a few rounds of Bingo each month! Playing Bingo is fun and also strengthens important skills like recognition, observation, concentration, and turn-taking.
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Virtual Circle Time 

Ages: 0 – 5
Date: every Thursday
Time: 9:30 - 10:00 am
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Description: Come start your day with Mrs. Maggie! Participation in routine and group activities can help your child learn and grow. We will sing songs, read books, dance, work on greetings, review colors, weather, and other daily routines to enhance social and communicative skills. Benefits to participating in this program include building confidence through structure and repetition, strengthening social and listening skills, and enhanced coordination and rhythm (through song and dance).
Registration: Please register if you are interested in attending any or all of the circle times. I will send out weekly reminders, and you can join if it fits in your schedule.
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Virtual Creative Expression

Ages: 18 & up
Date: 1st Wednesday of every month
Time: 1:30 – 2:15 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Max: 10 (participation is limited to allow for the best possible learning environment)
Description: Join Stephanie Bare, Adult Matters Coordinator and Speech-Language Pathologist, and Emma Daniel, Adult Matters Engagement Coordinator from your basement, outside, or wherever you want to take some time to get creative and connect! We will express ourselves through writing, drawing, art and more.
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Open Hangout

Open Hangouts are an opportunity for you, your family, and friends to utilize our EMPOWERMENT CENTER in your own way! You will have access to the entire center, including the Sensory Room. The Empowerment Center is furnished with therapeutic equipment, a rock wall, swings, trampolines, climbing mats, toys, games, and electronics. It is also an inviting place where parents and caregivers can connect. Open Hangouts are available for all ages and abilities!

Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  

Starting January 2022

Every Wednesday from 10 am – 2 pm

No registration required. Drop in whenever to hangout!

Second Saturday of the Month from 10 am – 12 pm

Registration is required.
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Respite Care

We offer Respite Care once a quarter. We provide parents with short-term care services in a safe, supportive, and structured setting. Respite events are open to the child/teen/adult with Down syndrome as well as their siblings. After drop-off, parents will have three hours to themselves to do whatever they please! Our “care assistant” volunteers are trained and must pass a background check. Registration is required, but it is FREE to participate.

Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  

Saturday, February 12

5:00 – 8:00 PM
DSAGC Empowerment Center

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Parent Education Workshops

Parent Education Classes are held once a quarter. The topics of these classes rotate, but are always specific to Down syndrome. These will be held in-person at the DSAGC office (unless otherwise noted). If the workshop takes place at the DSAGC, we offer care for children, teens, and adults while the parent/caregiver attends the workshop. Care during the workshops fills on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we encourage registering as soon as possible. Registration is required, but it is FREE to participate.

Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  

Sexuality

Wednesday, February 9
6:30 – 8 pm
DSAGC Office, 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Presented by Amanda Tipkemper M, Ed. Vice President of Education and Superintendent at the Children’s Home and Dr. Thaddeus J. Nestheide, Supervising Psychologist at Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services

In this workshop, parents will learn about the following:
• self-care tips (i.e. using a maxi pad/tampons, washing, deodorant/aftershave/cologne)
•how to teach public/private (tendencies to touch oneself at non-socially acceptable times)
• treating prospective crushes with respect (asking consent, etc)
• how to help our loved ones be the boss of their own bodies (when they continue to need some personal assistance with bathing, toileting, etc.)
• boundaries (who to hug, who to fist bump, etc.) 
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Behavior with the Experts

Behaviors can be challenging for our loved ones with Down syndrome.  Whether it’s swiping, flopping, pulling, pinching, or other non-compliant actions - there are strategies to help our loved ones communicate more effectively. 

This year, after two years like no other, we are putting even more emphasis on helping families deal with puzzling and unwanted behaviors by virtually connecting parents/caregivers with behavioral experts. These monthly DSAGC-sponsored, small group workshops will allow parents/caregivers to focus in on specific behaviors, figure out ways to identify their function, and hear firsthand strategies to help.  Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and hopefully get a better understanding of tactics to support behavioral changes. 

Unfortunately, we all know there’s no magic wand to automatically make behaviors better, but the DSAGC is committed to walking beside families by connecting parents to behavioral professionals who may help alleviate some of the challenges involved in supporting our loved ones to better communicate.

These behavior discussions will be held on Zoom. Registration is required, but it is FREE to participate.

Self-Harm

Wednesday, January 26
6 - 7:30 pm
Presented by Dr. Shelli Deskins, Staff Psychologist II, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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Oral Fixation 

Wednesday, February 23
6 - 7:30 pm
Presented by Patty Wagner OTR/L
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Flopping, Dropping, and Refusal

Wednesday, March 30
6:30 – 8 pm
Presented by Gretchen Carroll, MA, Special Education Clinician and School Liaison, Thomas Center for Down Syndrome Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Anna J Esbensen, PhD, FAPA, FAAIDD Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Psychologist Research Director, Jane and Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
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DS/ASD Support Group

every other Monday (starting Jan 10)

8 – 9:30 pm | Zoom

In an effort to support families with loved ones who have or who suspect to have a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (ASD), the DSAGC is offering a newly formed support group for parents and caregivers. The goal of this group is to connect families to help support one another by talking through challenges and successes while guided by a qualified group facilitator. Participants will benefit from the facilitator’s knowledge of strategies to help in extra stressful situations. They will be able to encourage each other as caregivers and can share and learn firsthand about resources to help in the many stages of this journey.
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