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DSIA Events



We offer events for children, self-advocates, and families year round. DSIA members receive substantial discounts on events that require a fee. For discounts to be applicable, DSIA memberships must be active 7 business days prior to the event.

Otherwise otherwise specified, DSIA events are open to the entire family! Please join us! 

CLICK HERE to download the 2015 Calendar of Events


October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

CLICK HERE for 21 Things you can do to Raise Awareness and Acceptance



November 6 | Down Syndrome 101 for Educators

9:30am – 12:30pm

UCD MIND Institute | 2825 50th Street | Sacramento, CA 95817

Presenter:  Jennifer Cooper, Director of Education Support and Services, Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area

A FREE seminar designed to help you educate, include and enjoy your students with Down syndrome.

Are you an educator working with a student who has Down syndrome currently? If so, do you understand the unique learning profile of your student and how you can most effectively include, educate and enjoy your student? DS 101 for Educators will cover the following topics:

• Common medical issues related to Down syndrome
• Communication issues and strategies for success
• How to improve social skills
• Processing time and memory issues
• Benefits of inclusive education
• Environmental issues which can hamper success
• Ways to adapt the curriculum
• Peer presentations to increase friendships
• Behavior intervention strategies
• Preferred teaching methods

Don’t miss this chance to gain a better understanding of how the diagnosis of Down syndrome affects learning and how you can best support your student.

What are attendees saying about this seminar?

This was the most practical in-service I have attended in my career. I have great tips I can’t wait to try with my student!”

“GREAT presentation! I appreciated having information and advice directed towards paraprofessionals.”

“Anyone who works with students with Down syndrome should be required to attend this seminar.”

“Thank you for offering information and techniques that I can apply in my every day interactions with my student who has Down syndrome!”


This training is FREE, but please register online.


November 7 | Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk and 3.21 Run

8am – 1pm

Village Green at William Land Park | 3800 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822


Join us for our 11th Annual walk and 2nd Annual Run as we raise funds for our important programs!


 Step Up 1mi Walk Registration Fees

Adults (ages 12 and over)


$20 – Late registration after October 19

 Children (ages 11 and under)


$10 – Late registration after October 19


Step Up 3.21mi. Run Registration Fees

Adults (ages 12 and over)


$ 35– Late registration after October 19

 Children (ages 11 and under)


$25 – Late registration after October 19

CLICK HERE for the Step Up Website.

December 5 | Breakfast with Santa


Collings West Sacramento Teen |1541 Merkley Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95691


Join us for our 5th Annual Breakfast with Santa – enjoy great food (with gluten free options), take pictures with Santa, meet and connect with other families and have fun!


Registration150RSVP is necessary to ensure we have enough food. Thank you!


Self Advocates – Teen and Adult Activities
3rd Saturday of the Month
Self-Advocate Parent Meet-Up
February 4th | May 6th | August 5th | November 4th

Past 2015 Events

March 21 | World Down Syndrome Day

April 25 |Conservatorship and Special Needs Trust Workshop

March 16 | Where Hope Grows Movie Night

May 30 | Keep Calm and Prepare for your 1st IEP training

July 6 | DSIA Night at Sunsplash

July 27-31 | iCan Shine Bike Camp

August 8 | DSIA at Manor Pool


Past 2014 Events


Oral Placement Therapy Workshop – Sara Rosenfeld Johnson | January 6

CLICK HERE to view/download the powerpoint from this presentation

Oral Placement Therapy Clinics – Sara Rosenfeld Johnson | January 8-9

Down Syndrome 101 for Educators | March 6

CLICK HERE to view/download the powerpoint from this presentation

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day | March 21

1st Annual Spring Carnival sponsored by Kennedy Pageant Productions | April 12

BIG Day of Giving | May 6

Keep Calm & Prepare for your 1st IEP | May 10

Picnic and DreamNight at the Sacramento Zoo | June 6

Playdate at the Park | June 21

Nightslides at Sunsplash | July 21

DSIA BBQ | August 10

Inclusion Summit | September 19 

The Age of Change Workshop – Dr. Dennis McGuire | November 8

10th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk and NEW THIS YEAR – 5k RUN! | November 9

Wacky Tacky | November 24

Breakfast with Santa | December 6

Our Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors whose generosity makes everything we do possible. Check out our current sponsors and let them know how much you appreciate their support!

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DSIA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Tax I.D. 20-1702399

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