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Program Overview - Spring 2024

Our programs focus on therapeutic, recreational, educational, and social opportunities for all ages and stages. We tailor our offerings to reflect the need of our local families as we strive to provide valuable support and quality programs for those in our community.

Empowerment Series

Empowerment Series typically occur once a week for 3 – 5 weeks. The classes build upon each other and are designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome to try a new activity or work on a skill. 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.

Music Therapy

Ages: 0 - 7
Date: Thursdays (April 4 – May 9)
Time: 5:30 – 6:15 pm
Location: Piano Players Music Studio – 8479 Mason Montgomery Road, Suite 1, Mason, OH 45040
Cost: $20 for entire series
Description: In this class parents and children will interact through instrument exploration, learning new songs, movement, and sensory exploration. All while working towards developmental milestones in communication, social and motor skills.

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Curtain Call Dance

Ages: Kid (6 – 11) and Teen (12 – 17)
Dates:  Thursdays: April 25 – May 30 plus the recital on June 1
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 pm (ages 6 – 11) | 5:15 – 6 pm (ages 12 – 17)
Location: Prestige Dance Center - 3826 Round Bottom Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244
Cost: $40 (includes costume, tee shirt, and lessons)
Description: Join Prestige Dance Center professionals for a six-week dance training program that includes a recital, a costume, a dance t-shirt, and a professional videographer.  Your dancer will improve flexibility, strength, and coordination through movement, expression, and fun! 

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Golf Lessons

Ages: Teen (ages 13 – 17) and Adult (ages 18 and up)
Dates:  Wednesdays: April 17 – May 1
Time: 5 – 6 pm
Location: Meadow Links and Golf Academy - 10999 Mill Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45240
Cost: $20 for entire series
Description:  Join golf professionals from Hamilton County Park District to learn some of the basics of golf! They will introduce various golf swings and discuss some of the rules and etiquette of the game.  Golf clubs and balls will be available for use, but feel free to bring your own if you have them.

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Self-Defense

Ages: 16 and up
Dates: Mondays (April 8, 15, 22)
Time: 6:30 - 8 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center - 4623 Wesley Ave Suite B, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: $20 for entire series
Description: This series provides a toolbox of immediate mental, verbal / non-verbal, and physical responses to risky situations, from boundary violations and harassment to physical assault. We will practice all five safety principles of Empowerment Self-Defense—Think, Yell, Run, Fight, Tell—through discussion, activities, and hands-on, gross-motor technique practice. Key lessons will include communicating and respecting personal boundaries, understanding consent, knowing when to leave an unsafe situation, and getting support when you need help. A primary caregiver is required to attend each session. Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to have fun!

Hear what previous participants had to say:

"Bullying and manipulation took our words from us and gave us feelings we didn't understand, the Thrive Empowerment workshop helped us learn that words are not the only way to communicate. By defining our personal space and using our body, we could "say" we deserve to be safe and respected. That is helping us slowly feel stronger, safer and regain our speaking voice."

“The Thrive program was a hands-on empowering self-defense workshop.   It also served as a forum for the participants to get to find their voice, share their feelings and get to know each other better.  I highly recommend it!”

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Magnified Giving

Ages: 18 and up
Dates: Wednesdays (April 10 - May 8 + Saturday May 4) no class May 1
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Location: DSAGC Community Room – 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: $20 for entire series
Description: We are giving back to the community and learning about philanthropy! The Magnified Giving program provides curriculum, training, resources, and support to encourage service-learning and philanthropy education. We believe in our adults and their ability to give time, talent, and treasure to support our communities. Registrants to this program get to learn about charity and generosity, and together, choose one local nonprofit to receive a grant of $1,000.

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Healthy Living

Ages: 18+
Date: Thursdays (March 21 – April 4)
Time: 6 - 7:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Community Room – 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: $20
Description: Each week, experts in physical health, mental health, and nutrition will provide hands-on learning opportunities. These classes will allow adults with Down syndrome to learn fun exercises, how to practice mindfulness, and participants will have the opportunity to make healthy food choices with a buffet dinner.

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Lifelong Learning Lab: Math

Ages: 22 and up
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays (April 16 - May 2)
Time: 6 - 7:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Community Room – 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: $20 for entire series
Description: Our Lifelong Learning Labs are designed for those who have graduated high school and looking to continue working on their educational skills. Our instructor will work on math skills with participants through a variety of functional activities.

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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.

321 Jazzercize

Ages: 13 and up
Dates: Saturday, March 23 and Saturday, April 6
Time: 11 – 11:45 am
Location: Jazzercize Loveland Fitness Center - 9547 Fields Ertel Road, Loveland, OH 45140
Cost: $5 for both classes
Description: Try out this dance party cardio workout including beat pumping, pulse pounding fun!  Registrants won’t even know that they are exercising because they will be having a blast with instructor Chris Auriana. 

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College Tours – NKU SHEP Program and UC’s TAP Program

Ages: 13 and up
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

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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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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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Supported Employment Preview

Ages: targeted for those entering or currently part of the work force and their parents/caregivers
Date: Wednesday, May 22
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center - 4623 Wesley Ave Suite B, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Description: What is supported employment?  How does it work?  What’s involved?  How can I participate? Come learn from DSAGC friend and LADD Program Manager, Laura Grimes.  Laura will share about her role in supported employment and the process with some individuals she supports. 

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Employment Soft Skills Training

Ages: 14 and up
Dates: Saturday, June 22 and Saturday, July 6
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am (geared towards those new to work or who have worked under 5 years)
12:30 – 1:30 pm (geared towards those who have worked more than 5 years)
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center - 4623 Wesley Ave Suite B, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Description: Refresh your communication and teamwork skills to be successful at work!  We will learn and practice through a variety of activities. 

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Kitchen Skills

Ages: 18+
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
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 cooking class where we'll be working on activities of daily living such as measuring, stirring, and other cooking skills. Our fine motor skills will be enhanced while cooking a delicious meal!

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Adaptive Cooking

Ages: 25 and up
Date: Saturday, May 11 and Saturday, June 15
Time: 2 – 4 pm
Location: Boltz to Nutz Farm - 10718 Schlottman Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
Cost: $5
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.

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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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Aging Focus Groups

Ages: Parents/Caregivers/Siblings of those 30 and up
Dates: Tuesday, March 19 (6 - 7:30 PM)  - OR - Saturday, March 23 (9:30 - 11 AM)
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center - 4623 Wesley Ave Suite B, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: Free
Description: These focus groups are intended to better understand the needs of our aging adults and their families while creating an empathetic environment to connect and share. Focus Groups will be held at the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati office (4623 Wesley Avenue Suite, A Cincinnati, Ohio 45212). RSVP to DSAGC Aging Specialist, Kim Wynn - KimW@dsagc.com or 513-761-5400.

VIRTUAL - Cooking with Chef Harvey

Ages: all ages
Dates: 3rd Thursday of every month (March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20)
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.  

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Social Opportunities

Social Opportunities occur on occasion and include various learning components, but focus heavily on social networking and building relationships. Registration is required for each individual social. At times there may be a cost associated, but the majority of these opportunities are free.

DS/ASD Playdate

Ages: all ages (siblings welcome)
Date: Saturday, March 9       
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center- 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost:  Free
Description: Does your loved one have a dual diagnosis of Autism and Down syndrome? Join us at the DSAGC Empowerment Center for an easy, relaxed family playdate. Connect with other parents and encourage playful interactions with other children/teens/adults with co-occurring diagnoses in a welcoming, comfortable environment. Light refreshments provided. Registration is required.  Questions about this event can be directed to Amy Iten at amyi@dsagc.com.

DSAGC Around the World Festival

Ages: all ages (entire family welcome)
Date: Sunday, May 5
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center- 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost:  Free
Description: Join us for an open house to celebrate the diverse cultures within our DSAGC family! Visitors will be encouraged to take their ‘passport’ around to the different booths to learn more about other heritages.

Would you like to showcase your country of origin at the first DSAGC Around the World Festival?  We invite you to host a table with information about your heritage including food samples, festive attire, games, crafts, songs, or anything you’d like to share. Contact amyi@dsagc.com for more info!

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Summer Picnic

Ages: all ages (entire family welcome)
Date: Sunday, June 9   
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Location: Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields - 4850 Groh Ln, Fairfield, OH 45014
Cost:  Free
Description: We invite DSAGC families of all ages to our annual Summer Picnic! Enjoy kickball, mini golf, basketball, face painting, and more. The DSAGC will provide concession food and drinks.

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Respite Care

Ages: all ages (siblings welcome)
Date: Sunday, April 7   
Time: 4 – 7 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center- 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost:  Free
Description: Our respite care provides parents with short-term care services in a safe, supportive, and structured setting. 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.

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The Lucky Few St. Patrick’s Day Social

Ages: 0 – 5 (whole family is welcome)
Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center- 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
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, pizza, and special treats for all the little leprechauns to enjoy.

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Early Matters Play Group

Ages: 0 – 5 (whole family is welcome)
Date: every Wednesday
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
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.
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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Rise and Shine - New Parent Welcome Brunch

Ages: New families to the DSAGC with a child ages 0 - 5
Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 9:30 – 11 am
Location: DSAGC Community Room - 4623 Wesley Ave., Suite A, Cincinnati, OH 45212
Description: Rise and Shine is a brunch where we welcome the newest families to the DSAGC community. This is an opportunity for our new families to hear from some of our organization’s leaders and adults with Down syndrome as well as get a chance to meet other new families in the group. Registration is open for the entire family, siblings and grandparents included! There will be a short program and time for families to mingle and play in the Empowerment Center.

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A Morning of Make Believe with Mommy* and Me

Ages: 0 - 5 & mom or grandma or aunt or special person
Date: Saturday, May 11
Time:  9:30 – 11 am
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center - 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Join us for a magical morning of marvelous make believe! Enjoy a cozy meet and greet with Elsa and Spiderman while nibbling on yummy breakfast treats. Then it’s off to princess and superhero training camp where you’ll learn everything from the princess walk and twirling to super poses and smart catch phrases! Feel free to come dressed as your favorite character or dress up with some items we have on hand to share.

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Dad’s Night Out

Ages: Dads of kids ages 0 - 5
Date: Thursday, June 13
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: Hi-Wire Brewery - 4600 Beech St Suites 100 & 300, Norwood, OH 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Whether this is your first Father’s Day or your fifth come enjoy a casual evening on the patio connecting with other great dads at the DSAGC. There will be some food and drinks provided.

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Play with the Pros (at the park)

Ages: 0 - 17 (siblings welcome)
Date: Saturday, June 29
Time: 10 - 11:30 am
Location: West Fork Park - 4764 W Fork Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45247
Cost: Free
Description: This month we are taking Play with the Pros outside and will focus on ways to incorporate your therapy goals into your playtime at the playground!

“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. At “Play with the Pros”, 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 you ideas for next steps to aid in enhancing your child’s fine/gross motor skills.  

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Sibling Social – just for sibs!!

Ages: 4 – 14 (sibs only)
Date: Sunday, April 7
Time: 1 – 2:30 pm
Location: USA Ninja Challenge - 4727 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Cost: $5
Description:  Join us for a fun day at USA Ninja Challenge celebrating SIBLINGS of individuals with Down syndrome!  You’ll get to have fun with some friends while completing ninja warrior obstacle courses.  Participate in exciting activities like gymnastics, climbing, cross training, and more!

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Ninja Warrior Day

Ages: 6 - 17
Date: Sunday, May 5
Time:  1 – 2:30 pm
Location: USA Ninja Challenge - 4727 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Cost: $5
Description:  Join us for a fun day at USA Ninja Challenge!  You’ll get to have fun with some friends while completing ninja warrior obstacle courses.  Participate in exciting activities like gymnastics, climbing, cross training, and more! Each participant with Down syndrome should bring one friend/parent who can accompany them throughout the event to help with safety. Friend or parent does not need to register or pay.

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Bowling Social

Ages: 18 and up
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 12 – 3 pm
Location: Madison Bowl – 4761 Madison Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
Cost: $10
Description: Join us for an afternoon of bowling! Includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, drink tickets, and entry in a drawing for door prizes.

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Decades Dance Party

Ages: 18 and up
Date: Friday, May 17
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center – 4623 Wesley Ave Suite B, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: $10
Description: Join us at our Decades Dance Party for a fun night of dancing, dinner, and music. Dress in the style from the decade you were born in for some extra fun!

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Art and Apps

Ages: 18 and up
Date: Friday, June 14
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: DSAGC Community Room – 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: $10
Description: Join us for an evening of art and apps! Each person will get to create a piece of art to take home! Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

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Down Syndrome and Dementia Conference

Saturday, April 27
9 am - 3 pm
Kingsley Center

Down syndrome and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is a major area of concern for aging adults with Down syndrome. However, there is a lot of misunderstanding around the topic. 

The DSAGC is bringing in two of the leading national experts from the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices to lead a one-day workshop for parents, adult siblings, and other family members who have a loved one with Down syndrome. This isn’t just for families who currently have a loved one with dementia, but for families who want to understand the topic and be better prepared if they should have challenges in the future.

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Jump Start Swim Camp

Infant / Preschool: June 3 - 7
School-Age: June 10 - 14

Our Jump Start Swim Camp partners with trained professionals to deliver a high-quality swim program. Over 5 consecutive days, parents/caregivers and their child will spend 30 minutes in the pool for age-appropriate lessons focusing on water safety and fundamental techniques.

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iCan Bike Camp

June 17 - 21

iCan Bike Camp 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.

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Teen Club Summer Camp

July 8 - 11

A week of TEEN FUN with themed days and meaningful peer connections!

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Summer Tutoring

Tuesdays and Thursdays in July

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 two certified special education teachers and six educational aides (students who are in college for special education or current district para professionals) per session.

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T.E.L.L. Program

Mondays (Jan 22 – Apr 15)

T.E.L.L stands for Teaching Engagement and Lifelong Language. This program is for adults with Down syndrome and focuses on enhancing communication by providing useful, beneficial, and individualized support for each participant. The goal is to increase individual progress to effectively communicate wants and needs. The class is led by University of Cincinnati Speech-Language Pathology graduate students under the supervision of licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Kendra Thornock.

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Find Your Way 

Find Your Way is a new collection of programs focusing on self-determination in adults with Down syndrome. These programs will be geared towards increasing personal independence by putting a strong focus on individual goals and progress tracking.

Find Your Way “Ignite”

Saturday, April 13
one-day event for those who are beginning to make self-determination a focus
*participants must complete a consultation and separate registration link will be sent.

Find Your Way “Accelerate”

June 28 - 30
overnight weekend retreat for those who are comfortable staying overnight & interested in learning skills to live a self-determined life
*participants must complete a consultation and separate registration link will be sent.

Find Your Way “Navigate”

fall 2024
overnight weekend retreat for those who are comfortable staying overnight and considering moving out or living more independently within the next year
*participants must complete a consultation and separate registration link will be sent.

Find Your Way “Tune Ups”

Find Your Way Tune-Ups are a collection of life skills classes to help young adults improve their self-determination and independence skills. These allow young adults to gain experience with the skills that they will need to live more independently. Ideally, those who participate in a tune up classes will have attended a Find Your Way program in the past.

Spring Tune Up Classes (register)

• Cooking: Preparing a Hot Meal
(Thursday, April 11 from 6 – 8 pm)
• Scheduling Appointments: Keeping a Schedule
(Monday, May 6 from 6 – 8 pm)
• Money Management
(Thursday, May 23 from 6 – 8 pm)
• Cooking: Meal Prepping and Recipe Breakdown
(Monday, June 3 from 6 – 8 pm)
• Transportation
(Thursday, June 20 from 6 – 8 pm)