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Enrichment Classes

Enrichment Classes focus on increasing knowledge about a particular topic or enhancing a specific skill. These classes are different from our Empowerment Series because there is only one class to attend rather than a "series" of classes. Registration is required. Most of our enrichment classes are free or charge a very small registration fee.

Below are the Enrichment Classes available for Winter 2024. New classes are offered each quarter.

Winter 2024 Enrichment Classes

Play with the Pros

Ages: 0-17 (siblings welcome)
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 10 am - 11:30 am
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center - 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: Free
Description: “Play with the Pros” is a non-directive approach to provide parents with therapeutic information. Parents and child(ren) are free to play in their own way like any playgroup. A trained therapist will observe and help you with any OT/PT concerns you may have at your request. By observation and with input from you, the therapists can give ideas for next steps to aide in enhancing your child’s fine/gross motor skills.  
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Registration opens December 1st.

Interactive Toilet Training 

Ages: Parents/Caregivers
Date: Wednesday, January 17
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Description: Join the “Mama Coach”, Kerry, as she teaches an interactive class on potty training. During this class, you will learn basic bowel & bladder anatomy, the signs of potty training readiness, the process to a child-led approach to toilet learning, and how to handle setbacks and complications. There will also be time for questions at the end! 
Instructor: The Mama Coach - Kerry Gautraud, RN
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Registration opens December 1st.

Project Search/ CareerX Presentation

Ages: parents/caregivers and teen/adult with Down syndrome
Date: Wednesday, January 17
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center - 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Come learn about Project Search and CareerX!  Are these programs a good fit for my student? How does my student qualify and apply?  Representatives from the program will be here to present and answer questions.

Project SEARCH is a unique workforce development program designed for students with disabilities. The program is a one-year program designed to provide you with a variety of worksite experiences.  During the school year you will rotate through two or three different internships and learn the skills of that career.  Each experience will help build the skills you need for the world of work. 

CareerX is a Career Exploration and Employability Skills program for students with special needs. It is an entry-level transition high school program to assist students in making career choices.  The curriculum will cover Career Exploration and Employability Skills.  Each student will explore 5 career areas through a series of activities and demonstrate industry appropriate employability skills. The outcome of this series of activities for each student will be to narrow their interests, skills and aptitudes in order to move to their next transitional step toward competitive employment.   

CareerX is for high school seniors or students who have deferred their diploma. Project Search is for students who have deferred their diploma. However, we invite all high school students and families who might be interested to attend. Project Search and Career X serve students in most DSAGC Ohio counties (please check here to see if your local school district qualifies: https://www.greatoaks.com/about/affiliated-districts ).
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Registration opens December 1st.

Dress for Success Serve and Learn

Ages: 16+
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Dress for Success - 4623 Wesley Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Join us at Dress for Success (just a few doors down from our office) for a time of volunteer work and education.  First, we will volunteer in their warehouse sorting donations.  Then, we will learn from the Dress for Success HigherHer program with a focus on soft employment skills. 
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Registration opens December 1st.

Ohio Transition Training- employment and other options

Ages: parents/caregivers of 14+
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 6:30 – 8 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center - 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Have you ever wondered what’s next for your child after schooling?  We know this uncertain time of transition can be stressful and challenging.  Please join us at a transition training!   Information will be geared towards parents of those entering the transition age of 14 and above, but everyone is welcome to come and learn. Led by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and Hamilton County Developmental Disability Services
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Registration opens December 1st.

Kentucky Transition Training – employment

Ages: parents/caregivers of 14+
Date: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 7 - 8 pm
Location: Lakeside Christian Church - 195 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park, KY 41017
Cost: Free
Description: Have you ever wondered what’s next for your child after schooling? We know this uncertain time of transition can be stressful and challenging. Please join us at a transition training! Information will be geared towards parents of those entering the transition age of 14 and above, but everyone is welcome to come and learn. Led by Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
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Registration opens December 1st.

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Medical Care

Ages: parents/caregivers of ages 14+ (your loved one with DS is welcome to join you as well)
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 3-5pm
Location: DSAGC Community Room - 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Have you ever wondered what’s next for your young adult after seeing your pediatrician for these many years?  We know this uncertain time of transition can be stressful and challenging.  Please join us to learn about transitioning your loved one from pediatric to adult medical care.   Information will be geared towards parents and individuals with DS entering adulthood or those whose adult loved-ones would like to learn about comprehensive care going forward. We will also touch on some of the disparities in healthcare for our loved ones and how to best advocate for the best healthcare outcomes.  This program will be facilitated by Kristin Harmeyer, Community Navigator and Dr. Emily Johnson at the Timothy Freeman, MD Center for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, UC Cincinnati. *Dr. Johnson can also assist with our Spanish Speaking families.
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College Tours – NKU SHEP Program and UC’s TAP Program

Ages: 13+
Date:  Tuesday, March 19
Time: See schedule below
Cost: Free
Description: Did you know we have two great post-secondary options here in Greater Cincinnati? Northern Kentucky University’s SHEP Program and University of Cincinnati’s TAP Program. Together, we will tour both campuses and learn about the programs available to students with disabilities.
10 am – 11 am: Meet at NKU / Tour of NKU Campus
11 am – 11:30 am: NKU’s SHEP Program Info Session
11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Lunch in the Student Union (bring money or pack)
12:15 pm: Depart to UC
1 pm – 2 pm: Tour of UC Campus
2:15 pm – 3 pm:  UC’s TAP Program Info Session
3 pm - 3:15 pm: Departure to home
Register
Registration opens December 1st.

Adaptive Cooking – January

Ages: 25+
Date: Saturday, January 13
Time: 2 – 4 pm
Location: Boltz to Nutz Farm - 10718 Schlottman Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
Description: Join us at Boltz to Nutz Farm for a fun adaptive cooking class where we'll be working on measuring, stirring, and other cooking skills. Our fine motor skills will be enhanced while creating a tasty meal.
Register
Registration opens December 1st.

Adaptive Cooking – March

Ages: 25+
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 2 – 4 pm
Location: Boltz to Nutz Farm - 10718 Schlottman Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
Description: Join us at Boltz to Nutz Farm for a fun adaptive cooking class where we'll be working on measuring, stirring, and other cooking skills. Our fine motor skills will be enhanced while creating a tasty meal.
Register
Registration opens December 1st.

Kindness Crew – February

Ages: 18+
Date: Saturday February 24
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Greater Cincinnati Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, 1400 State Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45204
Cost: Free
Description: The “Kindness Crew” is a volunteering group for adults with Down syndrome to give back to the community. For this event, we will be wrapping diapers for Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank. Participants must wear close-toed shoes and complete a waiver. All materials, instruction, and snacks provided. Family and friends are encouraged and welcome to join us! Please register for each participant.
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Registration opens December 1st.

Kindness Crew - March

Ages: 18+
Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 1 -3 pm
Location: DSAGC Community Room – 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: Free
Description: The “Kindness Crew” is a volunteering group for adults with Down syndrome to give back to the community. For this event, we will be assembling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a local food bank. Family and friends are also welcome! Please register for each participant. All supplies will be provided. (Not suitable for participants who have nut allergies)
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Registration opens December 1st.

Kitchen Skills at Tablespoon Cooking Co.

Ages: 18+
Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 6:00-7:30
Location: Tablespoon Cooking Co. - 1719 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45220
Cost: $30
Description: Join Chef Jordan & Chef Daniel at Tablespoon Cooking Co. for this fun kitchen skills cooking class where we'll be working on activities of daily living such as measuring, stirring, and other cooking skills.  Our fine motor skills, those involving small muscles of the hands and fingers, will be enhanced while cooking a delicious meal! All ingredients will be provided by Tablespoon Cooking Co.
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Registration opens December 1st.

Fall Prevention Workshop/ Balance Screenings

Ages: 25+
Date: Saturday, March 16
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center – 4623 Wesley Ave Suite B, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Falls are a leading cause of injury, especially as we age. Adults with Down syndrome may have decreased balance, strength, or vision issues that can contribute to increased falls at a younger age. During this workshop, adults will go through balance screening tests performed by licensed physical therapists, Kelsey Haynes PT, DPT and Stephanie Dailey PT, DPT. Following the balance screen, participants will be provided with resources to assist with improving balance to decrease incidence of falls and potential injury.
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Registration opens December 1st.

VIRTUAL - Family Bingo

Ages: all ages
Date:  January 9 | February 6 | March 12
Time: 4:30 – 5:00 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 strengthens important skills like recognition, observation, concentration, and turn-taking.
Registration: Registration is required for each individual date to receive the Bingo cards and Zoom link.
Register
Registration opens December 1st.

VIRTUAL - Baking with Chef Jordan and Chef Daniel

Ages: all ages
Date: January 1 and March 19
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 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! A bonus of these virtual classes is that you will be practicing cooking in your own kitchen with your own appliances and utensils!
Registration: Registration is required. Please register if you are interested in joining us for one Tuesday or every month during Q1.
Register
Registration opens December 1st.

VIRTUAL - Cooking with Chef Harvey

Ages: all ages
Dates: 3rd Thursday of every month (Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21)
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Max: No max
Description: Join Chef Harvey in this virtual cooking class where we will create something delicious!  While learning about kitchen tools, ingredients, and recipes, we will also be working on a variety of fine motor skills and sequencing. Participating in our cooking classes is another avenue to work on cognitive skills and sensory development.  
Registration: Registration is required for each individual class to receive ingredient list and Zoom link.
Register
Registration opens December 1st.