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    • 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
    Registration is closed


    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!

    • 02/03/2019
    • 03/24/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • The Salsa Center; 817 Lane Allen Road, Lexington
    • 13
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 21
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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! 

    • 02/26/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Crank and Boom Ice Cream Lounge, 1210 Manchester Street
    Register


    • 04/10/2019
    • 05/15/2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service - 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington
    • 10
    Register


    We are so excited to be offering our Teen Cuisine class for students ages 12 - 18!  Jacqui Dengri, a Nutrition Education Program Assistant with Fayette County Extension Office will be leading our classes!  

    Students will learn about food safety, label reading, healthy eating, powering up with breakfast, and meal planning and budgeting!  Classes will include cooking, games and a take-home recipe for all participants.

    Students who sign up must have an adult join them in the class.  Class is limited to 10 students and their accompanying adult so sign up today! 

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