Social and Family Events
The Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center (DSAHRC) holds a variety of events throughout the year for families to enjoy, such as the Buddy Walk, Family Dances, Teen Dances, Playgroups, and Family Picnics.
Check the Calendar for a full listing of events currently planned. We encourage everyone to attend our events and get involved in our organization. We promise that you will have lots of fun and you will be sure to meet other wonderful families and make new friends!
2013 'Beyond Our Wildest Dreams' Annual Conference
Empowerment! Saturday, April 20, 2012
FEATURING CHRIS BURKE AS OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Chris is best known for the four years he spent playing Charles “Corky” Thatcher on the hit ABC-TV show “Life Goes On” and his reoccurring role as Taylor, the angel of faith on the CBS-TV show “Touched By An Angel”.
The Buddy Walk
Annual Event in October (Down syndrome awareness month)
The Capital Region Buddy Walk is a one-mile inspirational walk and day of free activities that aims to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome by inviting the surrounding community to learn more and to, ultimately, embrace the individuality of their neighbours.
Become a fan of our new Capital Region Buddy Walk Facebook page. Receive updates about the event, tell us about your "Team" plans and upload photos.
Teen Dances are held several times throughout the year for individuals in Grades 6 and up.
Come meet new people, enjoy food and beverages, and dance with your friends at the next event!
Each summer The Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center partners with STRIDE and Albany Autism Society,
for "THE I CAN RIDE" Bike Camp, specifically designed to teach children with special needs how to ride a two wheel bike.
Each camper is assigned one session, which is their session for five consecutive days. There are no overlapping sessions. It is important to arrive in a timely manner, to get the full extent of instruction time and practice. We advise being there 5-10 minutes early. Participants must be at least 7 years of age, with an inseam of at least 22 inches.If you want more information about the Bike Camp, please contact us!
DSAHRC Gala and Casino Night
Aim High Awards
Each year, the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center (DSAHRC) presents the Aim High Awards, which recognize members of our community who have made a difference in the lives of people living with Down syndrome. The Aim High Self Advocacy Award is also presented, recognizing an individual with Down syndrome for outstanding achievements and for being an inspiration to others.
DSAHRC Transition: Preschool Special Education To School Age Services
What happens when my child goes to kindergarten?
Transitions are made easier when families and providers understand the process. It can be a time of excitement and anxiety. This workshop will help participants to understand the transition process, to be an active member of the transition team, to understand the difference between services in CPSE and CSE, and to understand the components of an IEP. Parents will leave from this workshop with a better understanding of what to expect as their children move on to kindergarten. We will discuss these topics with a focus on children with Down syndrome.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, March 29, 2012, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center
1 Marcus Blvd. , Suite 105
Albany, NY 12205
Registration is Required
Self Advocates News
Self Advocates Go To The Theater!!
"All Night Strut" is being performed by Shaker High School on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2 PM.
$12 for adults
$10 for students (through high school)
$10 for seniors
"All Night Strut" is a musical celebration of the1930's and 1940's, filled with jazz, blues, bebop and standards.
DSAHRC Annual Membership Meeting
We're getting ready to make 2012 a year to remember and we need YOUR support to make this happen...
The Annual Membership and Election of 2012 - 2013 Board of Directors will be held during the Beyond Our Wildest Dreams Conference from 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on April 28, 2012 at the Holiday Inn. All members are encouraged to attend, and welcome even if they are not attending the full day conference. Come hear an update about the DSAHRC from outgoing President, Harm Velvis, and learn more about activities for the coming year and how to get involved!
The Nominating Committee is interested in hearing from all DSAHRC members who might be willing to serve on the DSAHRC Board of Directors.
Join the DSAHRC Board and take part in this rewarding and much needed work on behalf of our children, youth and adults.
DSAHRC 9th Annual Raffle
The countdown to the Raffle Drawing begins…..
Only 8 days left to get your raffle tickets…
Grand Prize: $10,000
2nd Prize $ 2,500
3rd Prize: $ 1,500
GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!!
Drawing will be held on April 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm at the Family Dance, Holiday Inn, Albany on Wolf Road. For more details please go to our website at www.dsahrc.org.
Raffle tickets are $100 per ticket.
You can get your friends together and buy a group ticket!!
Special Needs Recognition Night
On Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012, William Van Evera, CLU, ChFC, Special Care Planner, the law firm of Wilcenski and Pleat, PLC and the Albany Agency,LLC of Mass Mutual are honored to be hosting and sponsoring Special Needs Recognition Night and Family Movie Night at the GE Theatre at Proctor’s in Schenenctady, N.Y.
As a way of saying “thanks” for our past support of their efforts and work in the special needs community, they have offered our organization and members, up to 30 seats to join the festivities and then watch the movie….
(Recently nominated for 11 Academy Awards)
Prior to the movie they will be honoring two deserving individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the special needs community by either their volunteerism and /or their day-to-day efforts in working with individuals with special needs.
The program will begin at 6:30p.m. at GE Theatre at Proctor’s in Schenectady!