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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!

Florence Freedom - Skills and Drills

Ages: 6 - 17
Dates: Saturday, June 15
Time: 4:35 PM (arrive at 4:15 PM)
Location: Florence Freedom, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042
Description: June 15 is DSAGC night at Florence Freedom! Before the game, select Florence Freedom players and crew will work alongside kids and teens with Down syndrome on a variety of baseball drills before the game. Please note, a parent must be present. While this experience is free, anyone attending must purchase a ticket to the game using code DSA2019. Register online then be sure to Purchase tickets to the game!

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Florence Freedom - Field Introductions

Ages: all ages
Dates: Saturday, June 15
Time: 5:45 PM (arrive at 5 PM)
Location: Florence Freedom, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042
Description: June 15 is DSAGC night at Florence Freedom! Nine adults with Down syndrome will have the opportunity to walk on the field with the Florence Freedom players during introductions and remin on the field for the National Anthem. While this experience is free, anyone attending must purchase a ticket to the game using code DSA2019. Register online then be sure to Purchase tickets to the game!

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Early Matters Ice Cream Social

Dates: Sunday, July 7
Time: 3 – 5 PM (ages 0 – 5)
Location: Sharon Woods Harbor Playground (4631 E. Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241)
Description:  This is the perfect opportunity to meet up with your friends or make new friends! If you have never been to this park, it is a dry playground area connected to a spray park. There is also a man-made stream for children to dip their feet in. There are covered picnic tables, so babies can hang out in the shade. We will also have an arts & crafts area. All families will be entered to win a raffle prize! Light snacks and ice cream will be provided! Please be sure to bring your swimsuit, towels and sunscreen. We encourage you to bring your whole family – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.!

**This is a free event, but please remember that a valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the park. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$5 daily; other visitors: $15 annual/$8 daily.

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School Age Matters Ice Cream Social

Dates: Sunday, July 7
Time: 1 – 3 PM
Location: Sharon Woods Harbor Playground (4631 E. Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241)
Description:  This is the perfect opportunity to meet up with your friends or make new friends! If you have never been to this park, it is a dry playground area connected to a spray park. There is also a man-made stream for children to dip their feet in. There are covered picnic tables, so babies can hang out in the shade. We will also have an arts & crafts area. All families will be entered to win a raffle prize! Light snacks and ice cream will be provided! Please be sure to bring your swimsuit, towels and sunscreen. We encourage you to bring your whole family – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.!

**This is a free event, but please remember that a valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the park. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$5 daily; other visitors: $15 annual/$8 daily.

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Summer Picnic

Ages: All ages (and their family members)
Dates: Sunday, August 4
Time: 3 – 6 PM
Location: Lunken Airport Playfield (Spirit of 76 Shelter)
Description: Our Summer Picnic is the perfect place to connect with friends and family and a great way to celebrate the summer! We hope to see you once again at the Lunken Airport Playfield. There will have a bounce house, games for kids and a playground for all. This event is free for our families; we just ask that guests please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. Last Name A - L: Dessert; Last Name M - Z: Side Dish. DSAGC will provide a main dish and drinks!

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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. 

Contact Emma Daniels for more information. Email Emma Daniels 

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