February 2013
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Iceland Skating Rink is still offering FREE ice skating lessons to children with Down syndrome and their siblings. Lessons are Friday Nights in February starting at 6-6:30 and then 6:30 - 7:00pm. Please email Shannon Mullins at shannon@skatesacramento.com to let her know you will be coming.
CLICK HERE for more information on Iceland. 
DSIA  February Events  
Dental Presentation
Thursday, February 28 | 6:30-8pm
Through a fun and interactive presentation you will have better understanding of the importance of oral health.

Sierra 2 Center, Room 11 | 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, California 95818

DSIA March Events 

IEP Training with WarmLine Family Resource Center

Saturday, March 9 | 9-noon

Special Education (IEP) Training for Parents - YOU are your child’s best advocate!
In this FREE training, you’ll learn about:
  • The IEP binder which we will provide
  • A brief summary of Special Education Law (IDEA)
  • Parent’s rights and responsibilities
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • How to prepare for the IEP meeting
  • Due process and procedural safeguards
We can answer your questions about the special education process and help you prepare for your child’s IEP in a positive, proactive way.

A light meal will be served.

This training is only for families whose children who are turning 3 and graduating from Early Intervention services

Sierra 2 Center, Room 10 | 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, California 95818

CLICK HERE to Register for this Event. 
This is an adult only presentation and Pre-Registration is required.

Transition to Adult Services for Youth with Disabilities

Thursday, March 14
4:00-7:00 pm—Resource Fair
5:00-8:30 pm—Program

As your child moves  into the world  of adult services, you and he/she  will have many  choices regarding  services  - learn more  about the options that are available.
Resource Faire & Presentations on:
  • Supporting Self-Determination/Self-Advocacy
  • Living Options
  • Day Programs,  Employment & College
  •  Finding Adult Medical Providers
  •  Meet & Talk with Drs. Michael Chez, Shawn Kile, Dennis Hart
Play care is available for siblings 2-10 years old with a reservation. Space is limited to 2 siblings per family.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sutter Medical Plaza, 1625 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento

This event  is free, but pre-registration is required. Please register online  (or go to  www.warmlinefrc.org), emailCid@warmlinefrc.org or call 916-922-9276 for more  information.
Thank you to wonderful and generous volunteers, DSIA is able to offer Dance Lessons to teen and adult Self Advocates on the 2nd Saturday of the Month.
  • Saturday, February 9 – Hip Hop
  • Saturday, March 9 – Salsa
  • Saturday, May 11 – Hip Hop
  • Saturday June 8 – Zumba
  • Saturday, July 13 – Hip Hop
  • August – Special Sporting Activity (more information to come soon)
  • Saturday, September 14 – Zumba
  • Saturday, October 12 – Salsa
  • Saturday November 9 – TBD
  • December – special activity (more information to come soon)

CLICK HERE to reserve you lesson

CLICK HERE to become a DSIA Member

CLICK HERE to download, print and share the PDF flyer for the Dance Lesson series
Down Syndrome Conference Scholarship 

Each year thousands of people from across the globe attend the National Down syndrome Convention. For most it is to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts. For others, it’s a great vacation. But, for nearly all, there is the one-of-a-kind family feeling family reunion feeling that permeates the whole convention weekend.

The DSIA has received generous grant funding from Sam’s Club which will allow us to provide scholarships for Self-Advocates (individuals with Down syndrome ages 15 and older) wishing to attend the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention in Denver, Colorado July 19-21, 2013.
CLICK HERE for more information about the DSIA scholarship and application

CLICK HERE for more NDSC Convention information
Celebration of Hope 

Saturday, April 13, 2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sierra 2 Community Center, Curtis Hall and Courtyard
2791 24th Street • Sacramento, CA 95818

Please join us for a very special evening of dancing, food and fun as we celebrate the hope that is inside us all.

This is an adult only event (ages 21 and over) and includes music, light appetizers and desserts, a silent auction and a very special book launch from DSIA. And, so you can capture all the great memories and take them home with you – we will have a photo booth!

Support programs to empower individuals with Down syndrome, their families and our community.

Tickets Must Be Purchased by April 7th:
$35/individual | $25 DSIA Members
$60/couple | $45 DSIA Members

(Tickets include one drink ticket per person)

 CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

Want to know how to get involved?

Email heather@downsyndromeinfo.org to join the planning committee.

Help solicit donation items for our silent auction. Email 
heather@downsyndromeinfo.org for more information.

CLICK HERE to learn how to sponsor this special night!
Top Five Instructional Strategies for Students with Down Syndrome: Children with Down’s Syndrome are capable learners who are excited and eager to learn.

Higher Risk of Dementia for Individuals with Down Syndrome: People with Down syndrome have higher susceptibility to other conditions such as dementia, researchers in the United States and Argentina found.

The Conflicted Place of Down Syndrome in the World: It's rare that our daily lives adhere to dramatic form. But as reported on Today.com/Moms (“Waiter hailed as hero after standing up for boy with Down syndrome”), among other places, a little morality ...
Hi all, during the year I pull together resources on a particular skill set or topic.  This year I plan to tackle puberty, hygiene skills and dressing skills. If anyone has any resources to share on these topics, feel free to email me. Here is a highlight of a few of our previous guides.
Driving is an important life skill. While driving may be a challenge for special needs teens, with proper accommodations and patience, your teen or young adult may safely master the rules of the road.
Resources in this guide include many disability specific articles. I recommend the link for Driving Basics. It includes free videos on all the many facets of driving.
ipad istock photoI confess the quantity of new apps is overwhelming. But I continually work on keeping the info in this guide up to date.  It is the most detailed guide of apps I've seen. You'll find apps broken down by academic class, skills acquisition and disability specific apps.
The vast majority are for the iPad/iPhone. If you are looking at this guide on your iPad and click on the particular app you are interested in, the link should take you to the App store.
This guide is a huge collection of text and visual social stories. It includes stories to improve various behaviors as well as sequential processing stories that help explain the steps of particular activities like crossing the street or trick or treating. If you know of others, let me know and I'll add them here.
istock image toiletToilet training can bring even the most confident parent to their knees.This guide is a treasure trove of toilet training resources. It includes specific potty training issues like having an accident and fear of public restrooms. It also includes many articles that are special needs or disability specific.
Summer Camp - Access Leisure Camps
 June 12-15, 2012, #108674 (Course Number)
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Come join us at this 4 day/3 night residential camp being held at Camp Sacramento located in the beautiful Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe. This camp is geared for teens and adults who have intellectual and or developmental disabilities, educational hikes and many day and evening activities. 
 *Please fill out and return the application form for review by Program Coordinator. Application does not guarantee acceptance to camp. All accepted applicants will be notified  

Learn about Common Core at upcoming workshops 
Image of Learn about Common Core at upcoming workshops
Join SCUSD for a series of parent workshops and learn how the new California Common Core State Standards will impact your child’s education.
In the sessions, you will learn what the new standards are, how you can assist your
child to meet the new standards and experience what your child will be learning.
Translators will be available for interpretation and childcare will be provided.
Two series are being offered: 
The next English language arts session will take place on Wednesday, February 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Serna Center, 5735 47th Ave.
The next math session will take place on Tuesday, February 26, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm at Serna.
For questions, please contact Iris Taylor at (916) 643-9120

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5098 Foothills Blvd Suite 3-464
Roseville, CA 95747

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