DSACK is always striving to build relationships within the educational community. DSACK has several accomplished, dynamic speakers who are available to speak on a variety of topics including: educational outreach, inclusion, peer presentations, communication tips, and other topics related to Down syndrome. Self-advocates with Down syndrome can also be requested to speak at your event. For more information, please contact DSACK at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our medical outreach coordinator welcomes the opportunity to discuss how DSACK can best serve our local medical professionals and our DSACK families whose lives uniquely intersect because of an extra 21st chromosome. Please contact Courtney.email@example.com or call 859-494-7809.
Elementary Summer Adventure Camp for ages 8 to 10
Middle School Adventure Camp for ages 11 to 14
Students with Down syndrome regress at alarming rates during the summer when school is not in session. That often means the first few months of each school year are spent relearning previously introduced concepts. As a result, DSACK created Summer Enrichment Camps.
For parents of children ages 4-8
The Learning Program is an educational program aimed at helping children with Down syndrome succeed. This nationally recognized model for parent-focused educational intervention is grounded inevidence-based approaches to teaching children with Down syndrome.
For ages 5 and up
Learning to ride a bike can be an overwhelming task for all children. That’s why DSACK offers Strider Bike Camp each summer.
For ages 12 and up
Using a book club format, middle students choose a book to read and gather once weekly to discuss the book and complete related activities. Books are adapted to each student’s reading level and activities focus on reading comprehension and social skills.
For ages 17 and up
Once out of high school, students with Down syndrome often find it difficult to continue their education, find meaningful employment and remain involved in their community. Their social network seemingly dissolves once their high school doors are closed shut. DSACK aims to solve that problem with the Next Steps: Learning for Life program.
For ages 13 and up
Let’s get cooking! DSACK’s Cooking Class uses cooking, games, and take-home recipes to teach students ages 13 and up about food safety, label reading, healthy eating, powering up with breakfast, meal planning, and budgeting.
For all ages
Healthy Movement Dance Class, an ongoing program offered by DSACK, provides all ages with the opportunity to get moving!
For ages 17 and up
DSACK works with Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington to create adapted, noncredit courses on a variety of relevant topics. Students attend one class for eight weeks on one of BCTC’s Lexington campuses. They follow a syllabus determined by a full-time professor and are assessed throughout the course to monitor their comprehension and knowledge of the topic.
For one week in the summer, middle school students come together to explore art, music and drama. Instructors, trained in the unique learning profile of individuals with Down syndrome, use the arts to reinforce skills learned during the school year to help students avoid summer regression. We have great fun, participate in important conversations and build new friendships - all while reinforcing basic concepts.
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