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Social Opportunities

We have a wide variety of social opportunities offered throughout the year. Ongoing social activities include Community Groups, Social Clubs and Advocates in Action. However, we also offer unique get togethers every once in a while. Those include dance parties, picnics and recreational fun!

Sky Zone Outing

Ages: 6 -22
Dates: Monday, March 18
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Sky Zone, 11745 Commons Drive, Springdale, OH 45246
Program Coordinator: Joanie Elfers, School Age Matters Coordinator
Description: Come jump with friends on Sky Zone’s wall-to-wall trampoline courts! $10 for 1 hour, socks not included. Payment will take place at Sky Zone.

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Advocates in Action - Matthew 25: Ministries

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Saturday, January 12
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Location: Matthew 25 Ministries 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
Program Coordinator: Emma Daniels, Adult Engagement Coordinator
Description: Advocates in Action is a program for adults with Down syndrome ages 18 & up.  Throughout the year, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati will offer volunteer opportunities for our adults with Down syndrome.  The goal is to spread awareness and give back to the community. Come join DSAGC’s Advocates in Action while we volunteer at Matthew 25: Ministries.

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321 Party for World Down Syndrome Day

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Saturday, March 23
Time: 4 - 6 PM
Location: DSAGC, 4623 Wesley Ave, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212
Program Coordinator: Emma Daniels, Adult Engagement Coordinator
Description: World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21 (3/21) to signify the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome present in people with Down syndrome. Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with your friends! We will have food, drinks, dancing and fun! Social clubs are encouraged to attend with their peer partners.

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Year-Round Community Groups • all ages

The vision of the ‘Community Groups’ is to provide support, connections, information, and be a resource to families while creating a warm, welcoming, empathetic environment. A Community Group is designed to create opportunities for families that have children with Down syndrome to network and share common interests, concerns, challenges, and information. Learn more


Year-Round Social Clubs • ages 16 & up

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.

There are numerous social clubs throughout our twelve-county radius. Each club consists of 4 - 8 adults with Down syndrome and 2 peer partners*. Social clubs meet regularly once a month, and the goal is to create a consistent schedule (ex: 1st Friday of the month at 7 pm). Typically, each member of the social club plans one monthly outing per year to give each member and peer partner an opportunity to host. Activities can include sporting events, bowling, dinners, art classes, grill outs, etc. Activities take place in one location to avoid "in between" transportation. Social club members pay for their own participation in an activity.

Each social club operates independently by developing their own schedule and communication methods. For example, one social club might communicate by Facebook and meet on the 2nd Friday of the month from 6 – 8 PM. While another, might do all communication by phone and meet on the 1st Friday of the month from 7 – 9 PM.

Each March and November, ALL social clubs meet together for their monthly activity. In March, the clubs receive social etiquette and communication training. They also plan for the coming year. In November, the clubs gather to HAVE FUN as one big group!

We encourage adults with Down syndrome to continue their social activities and relationships in the community as much as possible. Social clubs are meant to enhance social lives, not be the only form of social activity.

* Peer Partners are volunteers provided by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati to support the club activities. These volunteers are trained, background checked and committed to one activity per month. Please note, peer partners meet on-site and do not provide transportation to social club members. Members are responsible for their own transportation to and from social club activities.

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Year-Round Advocates in Action • ages 18 & up

Advocates in Action is a program for adults with Down syndrome ages 18 & up.  Throughout the year, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati will offer volunteer opportunities for our adults with Down syndrome.  The goal is to spread awareness and give back to the community. 

If someone participates in THREE volunteer opportunities, they’ll get a t-shirt; if someone participates in FIVE volunteer opportunities, they’ll get recognized at a DSAGC event.

Contact Emma Daniels for more information. Email Emma Daniels 

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