Meet DSACK- We Support, Educate and Celebrate
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky is a small, non-profit organization that is ready to grow and is looking for an Executive Director. THIS IS A PART TIME, CONTRACT POSITION. The Executive Director will work with board and staff to ensure our mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach. Necessary for the successful applicant:
Highly motivated leader
High integrity leadership
Strong organizational abilities
Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations
Strong public speaking ability
Passion for our mission
Pass a background check
Interested applicants may view the full description of qualifications needed as well as responsibilities required by clicking the link below. Resumes may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. DSACK parents are not disqualified from applying.
DSACK is planning programming for 2014 and needs input from every DSACK family, even if you don’t come to meetings. If you have a family member with Down syndrome and live in central or eastern KY please click on the appropriate link. The survey will only take 3 minutes. Programming is an important part of our mission and we can’t assume we know what families want. Your input is important!”
DSACK exists to:
- Celebrate our Down syndrome community
- Support individuals in Central Kentucky with Down syndrome and their families
- Educate the Central Kentucky community
- Assist in local and national research efforts
Ways We SUPPORT, EDUCATE AND CELEBRATE:
*utilize Erica’s Fund for families experiencing a crisis
* The following excerpts, written by Mark Leach, president of DS Louisville, perfectly describes the support that many of us feel from being part of a parent group like DSACK:
Every other parent went through a similar experience and that will bind them to more people than they can ever imagine.
As a parent of a child with Down syndrome, you will feel this bond when you meet other families.In some respects, this is no different than the common shared experience you have simply by being a parent. You also talk about those commonalities as well: first day of school; watching your kid at a baseball game; awkward Thanksgiving dinners.
But, the bond forged from receiving that diagnosis and parenting a child with Down syndrome is special.
It’s just like those other bonds shared in the human experience. Except, this is a bond fewer experience, fewer share. And, as you listen to the new mom talk about how she found out, you will feel this knowing, this common appreciation for part of what she went through, because you had your own journey.
When you get the diagnosis of Down syndrome, you may feel very alone. But, you will find that your experience forged a bond that links you to families throughout your community and this world. Through this bond, you are not alone. You have a bond stronger than you ever could have imagined with people you have never met.
- provide informational packets to new families
- arrange for experts in relevant fields to speak at parent meetings
- sponsor an annual conference aimed at educating professionals who work with our loved ones with Down syndrome
- offer help with Individual Education Plans
- speak at colleges and universities to students studying medicine, therapies, education and other related fields
- provide pediatricians and obstetricians up-to-date, accurate and balanced resources for patients and their families
- present to teachers and students about Down syndrome and help them understand that their classmates with Down syndrome are more alike them than different
- maintain a lending library and mail titles upon request
- publish a bimonthly newsletter with pertinent articles for parents and professionals
DSACK celebrates on a large scale throughout the year, hosting parties and the Walk For Down Syndrome. We also have a celebratory section in our newsletter where families are asked to submit their celebrations for everyone else to see! Whether you have a loved one with Down syndrome, are a supporter of our organization or a volunteer, we invite you to see what we are all about. Life is good!
To receive our weekly email blitz, email Brooke at email@example.com
To join our private facebook group where you can communicate with other DSACK families, go to https://www.facebook.com and request to be added to the group.
To “like” our official facebook page and receive updates from our association, go to https://www.facebook.com.