November 2013
DSIA December Events 
DSIA's 3rd Annual Holiday Breakfast
Saturday, December 7 | 10 – 12pm
Collings West Sacramento Teen Center | 1541 Merkley Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691

Join many families and celebrate the spirit of the holidays with DSIA, even Santa joins families as they enjoy great food, arts and crafts, and games/activities for ALL ages!

CLICK HERE to RSVP for this event.

Teen and Adult Self Advocate End of the Year Potluck
December, 14 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
S I E R R A • 2 • C E N T E R | 2791 24th Street Room 11, Sacramento, CA 95818

Enjoy ond friends, make new ones, and great food!

Bring an appetizers if last name starts with A-E,  Sides/Salads: F - J,  Main Dish: K - N,  Dessert: O - S, and Drinks: T - Z

CLICK HERE to RSVP for this event.
New Parent Support Group
Thursday, December 19 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sacramento County | UC Davis MIND Institute | 2825 50th St, Sacramento
Yolo County  | American Legion Meeting Room * | 523 Bush Street, Woodland
Placer County | WarmLine Family Resource Center | 6960 Destiny Drive Suite 106, Rocklin
Come meet other parents in a safe and comfortable space to discuss all aspects of being a parent to a baby with Down syndrome  - joys and challenges alike! Bring your questions – everything is welcome – or come to listen and share with others. Make friends and develop a support system for the days and years ahead.
A DSIA Parent to Parent Mentor will guide each meeting, answer any questions and offer support to new families. *Indicates a Spanish Speaking Parent Mentor will be in attendance. 

DSIA Sponsors Oral Motor Workshop

Monday, January 6, 2014
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Courtyard Sacramento Midtown
4422 Y Street, Sacramento, CA 9581

Registration Fee:
$35/non DSIA members
$25/DSIA members
Registration includes materials and lunch

TalkTools’ innovative tactile-sensory approach to speech therapy uses therapy tools to train muscle movements for improved feeding safety and speech clarity. 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, special needs teachers and parents.


or CLICK HERE to learn more

CLICK HERE to become a DSIA member – you will receive your discount code with in 24 business
hours of becoming a member.


DSIA Sponsors Oral Motor Clinics

January 8th & 9th, 2014
Courtyard Sacramento Midtown
4422 Y Street, Sacramento, CA 9581

DSIA is hosting an oral motor clinic with renowned oral placement and speech therapist Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson. The cost is $850 (15% off for DSIA members) for an Initial Evaluationwhich includes the 2-hour session with Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson to assess the child, discuss impressions with the family, and train the family in the necessary techniques. Program Plan Updates (only offered to families who have had an Initial Evaluation with SRJ or one of her therapists) are $600 (15% off for DSIA members) per child. That includes the 1.5-hour session with Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson to re-assess the child, discuss impressions with the family, and train the family in the necessary techniques. Families are encouraged to invite their current therapists to the evaluations to observe, learn, and ask questions.

Email Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson directly to make your appointment:

or CLICK HERE for more information

CLICK HERE to become a DSIA member. You must be a current member at the time of the appointment.


20 % off through the End of the Year! 
Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UC Davis MIND Institute | 2825 50th Street | Sacramento, CA 95817

DSIA Celebrates 10 Years of Hope! 

Join us for a very special night celebrating 10 years of supporting families, professionals and the community.

Featured Guest Speaker, Dr. Brian Skotko
A Board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities.

*Dance *Silent Auction *Photo Booth Fun *Appetizers & Desserts *No Host Bar

Regular Price:
$50 individual / $35 DSIA member
$90 couple / $65 DSIA member
$21 DSIA Self Advocate
20% off ticket price through 12/31/2013

CLICK HERE to purchase tix

or CLICK HERE to become a DSIA member – you will receive your discount code with in 24 business hours of becoming a member. 
Sibling Workshops
What your other children without Down syndrome are thinking
with Dr. Brian Skotko and Sue Levine

Sunday, May 18
Ages 5-8 and 9-12:
9 am – 10:30 am
Coloma Community Center | 4623 T Street, Sacramento
During this time frame, there will be activities for the sibling
with Down syndrome to do and a small video/social activity for parents. 
Teenage Ages 13 – 18:
11 am – 12:30 pm
Round Table Pizza | 5101 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento
Parent Recap:
1:00 p – 2:30 p
Coloma Community Center | 4623 T Street, Sacramento
Child Care will be provided
Sibling Workshops: Brian Skotko and his colleague Sue Levine have been leading all-day and multi-day workshops for brothers and sisters who have siblings with disabilities at local and national conferences. In these workshops, brothers and sisters have opportunities, through interactive exercises, games, and role-playing scenarios, to learn more about disabilities in an accepting and confidential environment with peers. Brothers and sisters come away from the workshops with more information, social connections with peers, and early lessons on advocacy. Workshops can be adapted for siblings of all ages.

Parent and Professional Recap: What your other children without Down syndrome are thinking: Sibling Issues. Through a series of interactive exercises, parents will explore what questions, needs, and concerns are often raised by children who have a brother or sister with Down syndrome. Parents and/or professionals will come away with practical answers to commonly raised questions. This presentation draws upon Brian Skotko and Sue Levine’s publication in American Journal of Medical Genetics and their  book, Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters

$25 /DSIA members 
includes all attending.


or CLICK HERE for more information
A Little Something Extra 
16-month Calendar for Sale
100% of Proceeds go to DSIA

gorgeous limited edition 2012 calendar created by Sacramento area families - all images feature local children with Down syndrome!  

Hurry and get yours before they are gone! 
$20.00 plus $5.95 shipping and handling
CLICK HERE to order

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5098 Foothills Blvd Suite 3-464
Roseville, CA 95747

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