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!

For more information, contact the DSAHRC at (518) 738-0020 x3726 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2013 'Beyond Our Wildest Dreams' Annual Conference

Empowerment! Saturday, April 20, 2012

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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)

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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.

For more information about the Buddy Walk, to join the committee, or for Sponsorship Information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Teen Dances

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!

If you would like to be on the mailing list for the Teen Dances, contact the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center (DSAHRC) at (518) 738-0020 x3726 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bike Camp

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

The first inaugural DSAHRC Gala was held on October 22nd 2010 at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs. This beautiful evening featured entertainment by the Swing Docs, Gourmet food stations by Classé Catering, and Casino gaming. The DSAHRC is currently busy preparing to host the second Gala and Casino Night on Saturday February 11, 2012 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs. This promises to be another splendid evening featuring: Gourmet Food Stations, Live Music, Dancing, Silent Auction, and Casino Gaming.

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.

Education News


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

For more information and registration, contact our Education Coordinator, Namita Modasra at (518) 738-0020 ext. 3726 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Please make reservations by Friday, March 23, 2012; and for more information and to reserve your tickets call (518) 438-1113 or email Debbie Baldwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DSAHRC Annual Membership Meeting

Dear Members,
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!

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