Programs Funded by Your Support


Resource Groups
• Tiny Tots Group: This group is great for new parents who are looking to meet other parents in a smaller, low-key atmosphere.  This is a great time to bring your new little one, as well as siblings & friends.  If you are new to the area and just looking for an easy place to start, this is a great option.
• Young Adults Group: This group is for individuals ages 15-25+ to gather for anything from fun social activities around the community, to unique work experience activities with local businesses and anything in between.
• Spanish Speaking Resource Group: One of our most popular groups! The purpose of the DSAMC Spanish Speaking Resource group is to educate, provide support, information and resource and friendship to individuals with Down syndrome and their families as well as members of the community. 
• Women’s Group: This is a program for women who want to promote awareness and advocacy for people with Down syndrome within the Mid-Columbia area and create meaningful relationships with other women who share this vision.  The goals for the DSAMC women's group are to educate, provide support, and information to individuals with Down syndrome and their families as well as members of the community.  DSAMC Women's group will also be a place where women can relax and network with others.
• Play Date Group: The purpose of this playgroup is to provide a positive and inclusive environment for individuals of all abilities.  Friends who are "uniquely-abled" can build relationships with "typically developing" friends, as well as cultivate lifelong relationships with friends like themselves.  Anyone who is a friend or a family member of someone with special needs is encouraged to join.


Expectant/New Parent Support and Health/Medical Fund:
• New Parent Packages. These are lovingly assembled and humbly delivered to any family of those just born with Down syndrome.
• Funds donated to assist and support individuals with urgent, or unexpected health or medical needs. 


Awareness, Education and Advocacy:
• DSAMC website
• E-blasts sharing DSAMC activities and other community happenings
• Activity on Facebook 
• World Down Syndrome Day activities on March 21st
• Down Syndrome Awareness Month activities in October
• Workshops and lecture series by local physicians, attorneys, specialists, and more
• Sponsorship of conferences geared toward individuals, families, educators, healthcare professionals, case managers etc.

 

Scholarships:
• Recreational Scholarships throughout the year, to encourage and support extracurricular activity of those with Down syndrome within our community.
• Classroom Scholarships. Communication between home and school is important for a student’s success in the classroom. This scholarship can fund curriculum, aids, resources, etc. that the teachers, students, and families collectively want to implement in an effort to support the student’s optimal success.
• Conference Scholarships to ensure anyone who may benefit from the conference has the means to attend.


Community Support:
• Sponsorship of two, local cheer-ability cheerleading teams
• Sponsorship and donations to local support service entities in the community


Social Events:
• Family BBQ each September
• Fall Festival each October
• Buddy Walk® each October
• Holiday Party and other Holiday events each December