Smile! From time-to-time we offer free photo shoots for DSACK families. Families can download their photos free of charge, and DSACK can brighten up our website, brochures, and other marketing materials with beautiful faces. It’s a win-win for everyone! You can check our home page calendar periodically to catch our next photo day. If you are in our database, be sure to check out email blasts; we will also announce future dates via our social media outlets.
If you are a photographer who would like to donate your services, we would be most grateful. DSACK will work with you to organize the family photo day and have a representative available to assist, if you desire. We promise you will love meeting our families, and we will love sharing your name!
DSACK’s biannual New Parent Dinner is for DSACK parents who have a child with Down syndrome younger than 3 years old. DSACK treats new parents to a quaint dinner and opportunity to get to know other parents and DSACK staff. Parents go back to their families refreshed and encouraged by getting to know new friends who may be on a similar journey. Parents are responsible for securing their own child care.
Because individuals with Down syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21, World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on the 21st day of the third month. This day – recognized by the United Nations General Assembly – is an opportunity for the entire Down syndrome community to come together to celebrate those with Down syndrome, while also educating and spreading awareness.
Whether we go to Frankfort to raise awareness among our state’s legislators, observe the day closer to home with fun activities, or just wear our crazy socks, DSACK joins the celebration each year. Keep watch for announcements about how you can make a difference on this important day.
DSACK’s Coffee Chats are our spin on the commitment to build relationships among those who celebrate the joys that Down syndrome can bring. Along with good coffee, good food and good fellowship, these periodic Coffee Chats also provide an opportunity to hear experts talk about the topics most important to you.
Such topics include social and emotional best practices, Kentucky guardianship and conservatorship, Stable accounts, dealing with behavioral issues, the Supreme Court and inclusion, and so much more. The most up-to-date and pertinent information is always provided.
While parents/guardians meet in the DSACK Conference Room on the second floor, free child care is provided in the Learning Center on the first floor. So, bring your little ones and join us at our next Coffee Chat. (Notices about the Coffee Chats are available on the homepage calendar, through email and on social media.)
Our most important event of the year is a day set aside for loads of family fun. DSACK’s Fall Family Fun Day and Walk is a carnival-like event complete with games for all ages, kid-friendly activities, inflatables, food trucks, live music and so much more. Not to mention, at the beginning of the day is our 1-mile fundraising walk that brings together 2,000 people to celebrate and ensure that DSACK continues to serve families, schools and communities.
Held at the Masterson Station Park fairgrounds in Lexington, this event is by far our largest fundraiser of the year, featuring as many as 100 teams that come together to raise the funds necessary to help DSACK offer its programs and events free of charge to families. It’s also our way of connecting with others who share the same experiences. It’s no longer one family going the course alone with uncertainty and fear; it’s more than 2,000 of us coming together to celebrate and ensure that DSACK continues to influence additional families, schools, employers and communities.
Each year in the spring, we come together for a night of glitz and glam to celebrate DSACK. Dubbed the Nothing Down About It Gala, this themed event features cocktails, dinner, and a live and silent auction. But more importantly, it offers the chance for our community and our friends to support the organization and all it has to offer throughout the year.
Through business sponsorships, community support of our live and silent auctions, and ticket sales, the Nothing Down About It Gala helps DSACK continue to offer all its programs and events free of charge to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It represents our second largest fundraiser of the year!
Bring your lunch and join the DSACK staff and families for authentic conversation and community. It’s offered every second Thursday of the month at the DSACK office from 12 to 1 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend. No agenda and no RSVP needed – just show up with your lunch! “There is something profoundly satisfying about sharing a meal. Eating together… is one of the oldest and most fundamentally unifying of human experiences.” (Barbara Coloroso).
2020 Brown Bag Lunch Dates: Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.
Playgroup, typically offered once a month on Saturdays, provides the opportunity to build relationships with other families that have a child with Down syndrome. This monthly get-together is very informal. The only agenda is for families to support each other. The attendees are typically families with a child 5 and under who has Down syndrome. Families new to the area with slightly older children also attend. You can join us whether your newborn baby is sleeping in a car seat or your toddler is ready to play with peers. Come build relationships and community with families that understand the unique experiences of raising a child with Down syndrome. Siblings are always welcome. Playgroup takes place at the DSACK Learning Center and on the first Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Down With Dares is a hilarious night of fun, you won’t want to miss. Teams of 3-4 people take on a list of 21 dares in a photo and video competition throughout the city of Lexington. Teams have two hours to complete as many dares as possible. We will kick off registration at a local restaurant/pub, hand out the top secret, and teams scramble out the door to get started. Teams coming in 1st-3rd place, and a prize is given to the most unique team costumes. (Yes, you definitely want to dress up!) At the end of the allotted time, we all meet back at the restaurant/pub to watch a hilarious video of the evening and share a drink! Dates and details for 2021 coming soon. Get excited to celebrate and support people with Down syndrome in a fun way!
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