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The Down Syndrome Association (DSA) of Greater Charlotte is a non-profit, family support organization. The goal of the DSA of Greater Charlotte nd its families is to enable individuals with Down syndrome (Ds) to reach their full potential and become respected members of their community. Our Mission Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all people with Ds by empowering individuals, families and professionals with information and support through education, social programs and community partnerships. The DSAGC serves several counties in both North and South Carolina that make up the Greater Charlotte Area.
Mrs. Holly Ann Zipperer
4530 Park Rd. Suite 430
Charlotte, NC 28209 USA
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Together in Education (TiE)
The DSA of Greater Charlotte’s TiE Program is a partnership between the DSA of Greater Charlotte, area public, private, parochial and home schools and families with students with Down syndrome. This partnership is designed to ultimately maximize the educational experience for all students with Down syndrome. Teachers are supported through consultation, resources, training and and information related to best practices when educating students with Down syndrome. Our annual Educators Symposium features national presenters and offers a variety of sessions that focus on topics like reading comprehension and writing strategies, yoga in the classroom, co-teaching, and developing IEPs that focus on student success. Families are supported through resources, IEP coaching and workshops that equip them to better navigate their child’s educational journey. Family Workshops are held several times annually, virtually and in-person, and offer topics including, but not limited to toilet training, understanding challenging behaviors, caring for the caregiver and navigating the IEP process.
First Call Program
For expectant and new parents of children with Down syndrome, any opportunity to speak with other parents who have experienced what you are experiencing can be invaluable. The DSA of Greater Charlotte’s Parent First Call program is a volunteer group of trained parent mentors available 24/7 to listen, share, answer questions, and provide valuable information.
Learning for Life - Programming for Adults with Down Syndrome
Social Meet-Ups and Recreational Activities The DSA of Greater Charlotte offers social and recreational events tailored specifically for adults with Ds, ages 18+, including monthly dinner parties at local restaurants, regularly scheduled group recreational events like Bingo Night, Karaoke and Movie Night. Learning for Life – Coming Spring 2019! The DSA of Greater Charlotte will offer bi-monthly classroom- and community-based instruction for adults, ages 18+, focusing on vocational and life skills. Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Ds – Coming May 2019! We will host our Inaugural Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Ds at Camp Thunderbird for adults, ages 18+. Independent Living Retreats for Adults with Down Syndrome offer participants an opportunity to gain self-confidence and increase independence while living together with support from skilled support staff. These retreats also help participants cultivate critical Executive Function skills (aka “soft skills”) such as self-regulation, time management, problem solving and communication so that they can be more engaged, happy and healthy in their local communities. Vocational Immersion Summer Experience – Coming Summer 2019! The DSA of Greater Charlotte, Philips Academy and Best Buddies NC will be working together to offer a Vocational Immersion Summer Experience for students, ages 18-25. This experience will include classroom-based instruction, community-based vocational training and internships.
People with disabilities
Camp Holiday is a six-week day camp for campers with Down syndrome, ages 5-21. Participants may choose from three two-week sessions. Participating campers enjoy weekly yoga, drama and music/movement classes facilitated by trained professionals. Each group of campers is supported by a certified teacher and 1-2 camp counselors – offering a 1:3 counselor-to-camper ratio. Camp Holiday is all about learning and fun! Camp Horizon is a 4-day/3-night traditional overnight camp experience at YMCA Camp Harrison in Boomer, NC. Participating campers with Down syndrome, ages 10-17, enjoy traditional camp activities, including horseback riding, arts & crafts, boating, fishing, swimming and more. Campers are assigned a 1:1 volunteer counselor for the duration of their time at camp. Camp Horizon builds self-confidence and independence within the context of a traditional sleep-away camp experience.
People with disabilities
K-12 (5-19 years)
Creating Better Communities for All
Creating Communities for All The DSA of Greater Charlotte offers support to local community organizations like churches, YMCAs, libraries and law enforcement in an effort to promote understanding, acceptance and inclusion. Local community organizations may request staff training, consultation or other technical assistance to evaluate and strengthen their inclusive practices. Building Better Businesses through Inclusion The DSA of Greater Charlotte educates area businesses about the benefits of hiring job seekers with Down syndrome. Individuals with Ds can work and should be given equal opportunities to gain and maintain employment in their communities. It can be a “win-win” situation for both job seekers with Ds and employers. Local businesses are offered opportunities to: Receive Professional Development Training (Down Syndrome 101, Accommodations in the Workplace) Host Meet-and-Greets with Job Seekers with Ds Offer Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals with Ds Offer Job Shadowing Sessions for Job Seekers with Ds and more…
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THE DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF GREATER CHARLOTTE INC
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