Upcoming events

    • 09/25/2018
    • 05/28/2019
    • 9 sessions
    • DSACK - 1050 Chinoe Rd., Lexington, KY 40502


    This fall, we will begin our fourth year offering the Learning Program here at DSACK and enrollment is now open for students ages 5-9 years old!  Classes will meet Sep 25Oct 30Nov 27Dec 11Jan 29Feb 26March 26April 30May 28.  This year the class will be offered on Tuesday nights from 5:45-7:45 pm with childcare provided. We will eat a meal from 5:45-6:15 and then class will begin.

    The Learning Program is a nationally-recognized model for parent-focused educational intervention grounded on evidence-based approaches to teaching children with Down syndrome established by world-recognized leaders in cognitive research.  This program is parent/child focused and empowers parents to teach their children literacy, math and other skills using various materials and methods, and to advocate for students with Down syndrome. 

    After completing three years of the Learning Program at DSACK, parents who attended reported that they saw improvement in both their child's communication and reading abilities; and 90% of parents saw an improvement in their parent/child interaction thanks to strategies learned at the sessions. One parent stated, “I have a better understanding of methods that will work for him as opposed to the tried and true methods that are used typically with other kids. Error-less learning has been a big help!” 

    Registration is DUE August 25th and class size is capped at 8 children, so don’t delay! Complete the enrollment paperwork and email it to Hana at hana.dsack@gmail.com.  

    Learning Program Enrollment Form

    • 01/11/2019
    • 04/12/2019
    • 4 sessions
    • DSACK Learning Center 1050 Chinoe Road, Lenexa


    • 01/24/2019
    • 03/14/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • DSACK office: 1050 Chinoe Rd., Suite 204 Lexington
    • 3
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    Have you asked your student where they want to work or what college classes interest them?  Do you know how to tap into local resources to get there?  


    High expectations are a must for success.  However, without defined goals and objectives, expectations are useless.  For example, if your expectation is to travel abroad in one year, you would establish goals now to meet that expectation; goals such as saving money, booking a flight, getting a passport, packing your suitcase.  The same is true for  employment or college opportunities for any student, but especially for students with Down syndrome.  By the time our students with Down syndrome are in high school, we know the buzzwords such as transition planning, pre-employment training, post-secondary opportunities, etc.  Unfortunately, unemployment or underemployment for students with intellectual disabilities are still the status quo in Kentucky.  Families are not sure of the process to gain supports and resources available to help their students achieve the expectation of meaningful employment or college opportunities. Too often, our students are steered toward meaningless jobs, and even jobs that pay sub-minimum wage. Sounds pretty dismal, doesn't it?


    DSACK is not accepting the status quo!  We are happy to announce that our We Work! program will be accepting new students for 2019.  Classes will begin Thursday, January 24 and continue for 8 consecutive weeks.  Classes are for students AND parents/caregivers.  Using the Take Flight curriculum, students will work with our trained DSACK staff to develop pre-employment training skills to help them develop a flight plan including an understanding of establishing goals; uncovering their interests, gifts, and talents; developing a dream board; developing self-advocacy and self-determination skills; and more.  Parents will meet at the same time to gain a better understanding of the skills their students are learning; in-depth look at supported employment vs. sheltered workshops (sub-minimum pay); the effect earning a wage will have on government benefits; and the resources available and optimal timing to implement those resources.  This is an 8-week commitment for both students and parents.  Following the initial 8-weeks, students will continue to the second phase of coordinating and implementing a community serviceproject to give back to our community.  Phase 2 will be for students only and will last 4-5 weeks.


    As with everything at DSACK, this program is absolutely FREE, thanks to a generous grant from Toyota Manufacturing of Kentucky.  Our DSACK team has attended extensive training sessions and planning meetings, and we are excited to share with our families.  Classes are open to students 15 years or older.  There is no maximum age limit.  This is for students in high school or adults out of school who can benefit from learning these skills.  If your student has completed a previous We Work! class, they are welcome to join again as a refresher course.


    Come chart your course with our We Work! classes as we determine our flight plan and pack our suitcases with skills to succeed!

    • 02/01/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sage Rabbit - 438 S. Ashland Ave. Lexington, KY
    • 7
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    We are excited to announce DSACK’s annual New Parent Dinner!

    Please join DSACK for a quaint evening of dinner and good company as we celebrate the New Year together with our newest DSACK Parents.

    If you have a child with Down syndrome younger than 3 years old, come and enjoy a special evening getting to know other parents and DSACK staff.  We’ll send you back to your families refreshed and encouraged by getting to know new friends who may be on a similar journey as you.

    Please note that since we have moved the location out of the DSACK office, DSACK cannot provide childcare at this event.  Parents are responsible for securing their own childcare.

    While we’d love to accommodate everyone, there is a 20-person limit on this event.  Register today to secure your spot!

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    (Free parking at 444 and 449 S Ashland Ave @ Town and Country signage)

    • 02/03/2019
    • 03/24/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • The Salsa Center; 817 Lane Allen Road, Lexington
    • 19
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    We are so excited to announce that we will be partnering The Salsa Center to offer two separate Salsa classes for DSACK families!  

    Family Salsa Hour 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - A music and dance journey for all! Bring the family and let's explore the culture of popular Caribbean Dances with instruments & short dance choreographies. All ages are welcome and children are encouraged to participate as young as 3 years old.  Live musicians may attend upon availability!


    Salsa Hour for Adults 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm  - Let's learn to lead and follow our partner as we dance to Salsa music!  Adults 18 and over, no experience or partner is needed! Bring a family member or friend if preferred but all partners will be rotated during the group class. Adults will learn the basic Salsa steps, rhythm, and turns and how to dance these to the music with a partner!  No extra chromosome required.



    • 02/03/2019
    • 03/24/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • The Salsa Center; 817 Lane Allen Road, Lexington
    • 23
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    We are so excited to announce that we will be partnering The Salsa Center to offer two separate Salsa classes for DSACK families!  

    Family Salsa Hour 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - A music and dance journey for all! Bring the family and let's explore the culture of popular Caribbean Dances with instruments & short dance choreographies. All ages are welcome and children are encouraged to participate as young as 3 years old.  Live musicians may attend upon availability!


    Salsa Hour for Adults 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm  - Let's learn to lead and follow our partner as we dance to Salsa music!  Adults 18 and over, no experience or partner is needed! Bring a family member or friend if preferred but all partners will be rotated during the group class. Adults will learn the basic Salsa steps, rhythm, and turns and how to dance these to the music with a partner!  No extra chromosome required.



    • 02/04/2019
    • 04/15/2019
    • 10 sessions
    • DSACK Office- 1050 Chinoe Road, Suite 204, Lexington, Ky 40502
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    Let's get moving! DSACK is happy to once again partner with Allegro Dance Project to offer our Healthy Movement Dance Class. Join us as we incorporate physical activity with music and guest instrumentalists each week. UK Physical Therapy students will be assisting with our students during classes. 

    Please take note that we will have one combined class for all ages.  Classes will be held in our Learning Center, and parents can wait upstairs in our office space during class. Thanks to the success of our past fundraisers including the gala and this year's Fall Family Fun Day & Walk, classes are offered free to all DSACK families.  

    Classes are held on Mondays, February 4 -  April 15 from 6 - 6:50 pm.  There will be no class during Spring Break.

    Class size is limited to 12 students.  Register today! 

Past events

12/08/2018 2018 Holiday Luncheon
11/17/2018 November Coffee Chat
10/20/2018 October Coffee Chat
10/06/2018 Devine's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
10/01/2018 Public Speaking Class
09/29/2018 September Coffee Chat
09/17/2018 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 10+
09/17/2018 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 5-9
08/25/2018 August Coffee Chat
07/10/2018 Introduction to the Learning Program
06/08/2018 DSACK's Sign Language Class
06/05/2018 Strider Bike Camp (Ages 6+)
05/24/2018 Strider Bike Camp Information Meeting
05/19/2018 May Coffee Chat
05/10/2018 Summer Enrichment Program
05/03/2018 School to Employment Workshop
04/23/2018 BCTC Public Speaking Class Information Meeting
04/21/2018 April Coffee Chat
04/12/2018 A Night at West Sixth Brewing
03/21/2018 2018 World Down Syndrome Day
03/16/2018 Parents' Night Out
03/01/2018 Homeschool Brown Bag Lunch
02/17/2018 February Coffee Chat
01/22/2018 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 10+
01/22/2018 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 4-9
01/05/2018 Taekwondo
12/09/2017 2017 Holiday Luncheon
12/01/2017 Introduction to Taekwondo
09/30/2017 DSACK is headed to Devine's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
09/29/2017 DSACK's Learning Program - Level 3
09/23/2017 September Coffee Chat with Connect The Dots
09/16/2017 DSACK's Learning Program Level 1/2
09/11/2017 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 10+
09/11/2017 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 4-9
09/08/2017 Parents' Night Out
08/31/2017 We Work! Orientation
08/26/2017 We Work! Peer Mentoring Class
08/12/2017 August Coffee Chat
07/20/2017 Board Meeting
07/15/2017 July Coffee Chat
06/29/2017 Strider Bike Camp (Ages 6+)
06/29/2017 Story Time with Friends of ALL Abilities
06/20/2017 Children's Charity Classic Kids Jamboree
06/15/2017 Board Meeting
06/13/2017 Art Class!
05/31/2017 Strider Bike Camp Informational Meeting
05/27/2017 Family Retreat Day
05/18/2017 Board Meeting
05/07/2017 Family Photo Day - Shaker Village in Harrodsburg
04/30/2017 Family Photo Day - Georgetown pond
04/30/2017 Family Photo Day - Georgetown Japanese Garden
04/30/2017 Family Photo Day - Downtown Lexington
04/22/2017 Introduction to Strider Bikes (Ages 3-5)
04/20/2017 Board Meeting
04/13/2017 Teen Cuisine - 6th - 9th Grade
04/08/2017 April Coffee Chat with Peter Wayne & Samara Heavrin
03/21/2017 World Down Syndrome Day
03/16/2017 Board Meeting
03/04/2017 DSACK Monthly Play Group
03/04/2017 DSACK Regional Education Conference
02/16/2017 Board Meeting
02/03/2017 Parents' Night Out
01/28/2017 January Coffee Chat with Caroline Baesler
01/23/2017 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 10+
01/23/2017 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 4-9
12/15/2016 Board Meeting
12/10/2016 Holiday Luncheon
12/05/2016 How to Apply for Medicaid and Waiver Services
11/17/2016 Board Meeting
11/12/2016 November Coffee Chat with Sara Weir, Dr. Elizabeth Head & Dr. Frederick Schmitt
10/29/2016 Walk for Down Syndrome
10/20/2016 Board Meeting
09/24/2016 DSACK's Learning Program- Level 2
09/24/2016 DSACK's Learning Program- Level K/1
09/19/2016 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 10+
09/19/2016 Healthy Movement Dance Class Ages 5-9
09/17/2016 A Day at Devine's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
09/15/2016 Board Meeting
09/12/2016 We Work! Program Parent Class
09/12/2016 We Work! Program Parent Orientation
09/10/2016 September Coffee Chat with Karen Perch
08/20/2016 Parents' Night Out
08/19/2016 Photo shoot: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm
08/19/2016 Photo shoot: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm
08/18/2016 Board Meeting
08/16/2016 Photo shoot: Kentucky Horse Park
08/16/2016 Photo shoot: Kentucky Horsepark
08/13/2016 August Coffee Chat with Alice Blackwell
07/30/2016 Photoshoot: Beach at Twin Knobs Campground
07/30/2016 Photoshoot: Beach at Twin Knobs Campground
07/30/2016 Photoshoot: Shallow Flats at Cave Run
07/30/2016 Photoshoot: Shallow Flats at Cave Run
07/29/2016 DSACK Open House
07/23/2016 Photoshoot: Somernight Cruise, Somerset
07/23/2016 EKU Campus- Richmond, KY
07/22/2016 Photoshoot: Perryville Battlefield
07/22/2016 Photoshoot: Perryville Battlefield
07/21/2016 Board Meeting
07/20/2016 Photoshoot: Constitution Square, Danville
07/20/2016 Photoshoot: Constitution Square, Danville
07/20/2016 Photoshoot: Burke's Bakery, Danville
07/20/2016 Photoshoot: Burke's Bakery, Danville
07/17/2016 Photoshoot: Henry Clay Estate
07/17/2016 Photoshoot: Henry Clay Estate
07/17/2016 Photoshoot: Conley Marina
07/17/2016 Photoshoot: Conley Marina
07/17/2016 Photoshoot: Mill Springs Battlefield
07/17/2016 Photoshoot: Mill Springs Battlefield
07/17/2016 Photoshoot: Fort Harrod
07/17/2016 Photoshoot: Fort Harrod
07/16/2016 Photoshoot: Triangle Park
07/16/2016 Photoshoot: Triangle Park
07/16/2016 Photoshoot: Rupp Arena
07/16/2016 Photoshoot: Rupp Arena
07/16/2016 July Coffee Chat with Allie Rhodes
07/14/2016 Photoshoot: Keeneland
07/14/2016 Photoshoot: Keeneland
07/12/2016 Photoshoot: Young Library, UK Campus
07/12/2016 Photoshoot: Young Library, UK Campus
07/09/2016 Photoshoot: Shaker Village
07/09/2016 Photoshoot: Shaker Village
06/28/2016 Lake Cumberland Community Group- Family Event
06/22/2016 Art Class!
06/21/2016 Kids Jamboree
06/18/2016 DSACK's Learning Program
06/16/2016 Board Meeting
06/15/2016 Bearded Villains Reception
06/11/2016 Family Retreat Day
06/07/2016 Walk For Down Syndrome Planning Meeting
06/04/2016 June Coffee Chat with Mary Lee Underwood
06/03/2016 Strider Bike Camp
05/24/2016 Kentucky Gives Day
05/22/2016 Family Photo Day
05/21/2016 DSACK's Learning Program
05/19/2016 Board Meeting
05/14/2016 May Coffee Chat with parent panel
05/07/2016 DSACK Regional Conference- Somerset, KY
04/30/2016 DSACK Regional Conference- Morehead, KY
04/29/2016 Movie Night for Ages 10-14
04/23/2016 DSACK's Learning Program
04/20/2016 Strider Bike Program- Informational Meeting
04/16/2016 DSACK Regional Conference- London, KY
04/12/2016 HDI's Health Partners Workshop at DSACK
03/19/2016 DSACK's Learning Program
03/12/2016 World Down Syndrome Day Celebration
03/10/2016 Board Meeting
03/05/2016 Ky Wildcats vs LSU Party
03/05/2016 Kinder Music with Erin Lennon
02/26/2016 Parents' Night Out
02/26/2016 Disney Movie and Pajama Party
02/25/2016 Healthy Expressions Dance Series
02/20/2016 DSACK's Learning Program
02/06/2016 February Coffee Chat with Dr. Sally Shott
01/23/2016 DSACK's Learning Program
01/16/2016 Individualized Educational Plans
01/14/2016 Board Meeting
12/19/2015 DSACK's Learning Program
12/12/2015 Holiday Luncheon
11/21/2015 DSACK's Learning Program
11/05/2015 Board Meeting
10/31/2015 Walk for Down Syndrome
10/27/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
10/24/2015 DSACK's Learning Program
10/20/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
10/13/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
10/10/2015 Open Office Saturday
10/06/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
09/26/2015 DSACK's Learning Program
09/22/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
09/19/2015 Pathways to Financial Freedom and the ABLE Act
09/12/2015 A Day at Devine's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
09/10/2015 Board Meeting
09/08/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
08/18/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
08/15/2015 Peer Presentation Demonstration for Peers
08/05/2015 Art Class! Color My World: Art Viewing
07/31/2015 Puberty and Down Syndrome
07/29/2015 Art Class! Color My World: Critter Crawl
07/21/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
07/19/2015 Summer Pool Party
07/17/2015 Art Class! Color My World: Show Your Colors!
07/14/2015 FREE Exercise/Nutrition Class
07/11/2015 Open Office Saturday- CPR Certification Class
07/09/2015 Board Meeting
07/08/2015 Art Class! Color My World: The Color Wheel
07/07/2015 FREE Exercise/Nutrition Class
06/30/2015 FREE Exercise/Nutrition Class
06/24/2015 Art Class! Color My World: All American Color
06/23/2015 FREE Exercise/Nutrition Class
06/23/2015 Children's Jamboree by Kids Charity of the Bluegrass
06/17/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
06/17/2015 Art Class! Color My World: Express Yourself
06/16/2015 FREE Exercise/Nutrition Class
06/14/2015 Summer Picnic- Eastern KY Location
06/13/2015 Assistive Augmentative Communication and IPAD apps
06/13/2015 Open Office Saturday
06/12/2015 New Parent Dinner
06/11/2015 Informational Meeting on UK's Aging and Down Syndrome Study
06/10/2015 Art Class! Color My World: I AM an Artist
06/09/2015 FREE Exercise/Nutrition Class
06/06/2015 Summer Picnic
06/02/2015 FREE Exercise/Nutrition Class
06/01/2015 Occupational Therapy Webinar
05/30/2015 Spring Family Photo Day
05/26/2015 FREE Exercise/Nutrition Class
05/19/2015 Walk Planning Meeting
05/15/2015 Positive Behavior Strategies
05/09/2015 Open Office Saturday
05/07/2015 Board Meeting
04/18/2015 Health/Nutrition/Exercise Session
04/14/2015 We Work! Registration
04/11/2015 Open Office Saturday
03/21/2015 World Down Syndrome Day Celebration
03/20/2015 Imagine the Possibilities-Family Workshop by David Egan
03/14/2015 Open Office Saturday
03/05/2015 Board Meeting
02/07/2015 Government Waiver Programs - What is Available and How to Apply.
01/30/2015 We Work! Career Planning Intiative Program
12/11/2014 GoodGiving $100,000 Buzzer Beater Challenge
12/06/2014 DSACK Holiday Luncheon
11/24/2014 GoodGiving Donor Challenge
11/20/2014 GoodGiving Challenge-Endow the Bluegrass Challenge
11/13/2014 DSACK Board Meeting
11/13/2014 GoodGiving Banker's Challenge
11/03/2014 GoodGiving Challenge Kickoff
11/03/2014 GoodGiving Challenge: Golden Ticket Challenge
11/01/2014 Walk for Down Syndrome
10/28/2014 Walk for Down Syndrome Planning Meeting
10/21/2014 Walk for Down Syndrome Planning Meeting
10/18/2014 DSACK Family Photo Day
10/11/2014 Pumpkin Patch- DSACK Wide Event
10/07/2014 Walk for Down Syndrome Planning Meeting
06/21/2014 Summer Picnic
03/22/2014 Red Carpet Celebration