Welcome to the Educators page

All individuals with Down syndrome are lifelong learners just like every one of us.

It is very important to presume competency and have high expectations when educating individuals with Down syndrome. Research has shown that effective academic interventions and inclusive education are cornerstones of effective education plans for individuals with Down syndrome so they can attain their educational goals, be gainfully employed and be fully contributing citizens in the community.

Our services, here at the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center are devoted to helping individuals with Down syndrome get access to appropriate education, from birth to adulthood, so that they can reach their maximum potential.



Friday, 30 December 2011 17:20

Direct Impact Grants

Personal Development Grants are offered to DSAHRC members who have Down syndrome so they may take advantage of a wide array of opportunities to learn new skills, become more active, and have fun!  Members may choose to apply for a Personal Development Grant for activities such as...
Friday, 30 December 2011 17:18

Sunshine Fund

The Sunshine Fund was established several years ago to provide a gift of treats to our children (any age) when they are hospitalized.

Friday, 30 December 2011 17:16

Aim High Scholarship Program

The Aim High Scholarship was established in 1999 and is administered through the Community Foundation for the Capital District. To date, the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center (DSAHRC) has awarded scholarships of $250 - $2,000 each to ten area high school or college students.

Friday, 30 December 2011 17:03

Office and Meeting Space

Our modern office space is available for use by members for a variety of purposes, including seminars, meetings, sibling groups and movie nights. The office has an AV Projector, a projector screen and a large conference table. The multi-media Lending Library is housed at the DSAHRC.

There is also a computer available for use by individuals with Down syndrome and their families.Feel free to browse the Internet for information, or to use the software available in our Lending Library for educational purposes.

Families and Professionals are invited to visit the DSAHRC to see all that we have to offer!

Call us at (518) 738-0020 x3726 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know that you are planning a visit.

Friday, 30 December 2011 16:50

Triple Play Playgroup


Triple Play Playgroup is a group of parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers with Down syndrome. For more information about the playgroup, please contact the DSAHRC office at (518) 738-0020 ext.3726 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Friday, 30 December 2011 16:49

Support Groups

The Staff at the DSAHRC can assist you in finding the appropriate supports and resources in all areas.  We will do our best to provide the help and support you need.  To contact the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, please call (518) 738-0020 x3726 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We can provide Educational packets for parents and professionals that contain all the latest best practices in education for individuals with Down syndrome. To obtain a packet, please call (518) 738-0020 ext. 3726 or email Namita Modasra, Educational Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 30 December 2011 15:45

Educational Services

Education Coordinator

We have an Education Coordinator available to assist families and professionals in developing Individual Education Plans and attend Committee on Special Education meetings.

Training Topics

We offer educational training seminars, support and materials to assist in navigating all of the following systems:

  • Early Intervention –Birth to age three
  • Pre-school Special Education- Age three to five
  • Kindergarten to age 21
  • Post Secondary Education
  • Transitional Services

Extra M.I.L.E. Program:

  • The Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center (DSAHRC) is excited to announce the Extra M.I.L.E. (Modifications to Improve Learning Excellence) Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities. This program is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region’s Marjorie Rockwell Fund for the Disabled and Tearing Up the Turf for Timothy and and his friends with Down Syndrome Golf Tournament.
        The goal of this program is to create modified curriculum units at the primary and secondary level for students with disabilities to improve their access and mastery of the general education curriculum. Each unit will be provided to the school or family for their student or child as a color, hard-copy resource.
  • Extra M.I.L.E. Information & Request form can be found here.

DSAHRC Reading Tutorial Program

  • DSAHRC's Reading Tutorial Program offers 1:1 reading instruction to students with Down syndrome ages 5 through adulthood.
  • The fall tutorial sessions will begin between September 28 and October 1 and will run through December 7.
  • Please click here for complete information about the Reading Tutorial Program.

    If you would like to enroll your child in the program please complete the following Application, Reading Checklist (for first time applicants only) and the Student Availability form and send it back by 
    Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    Fax: (518) 738-0021
    US Mail: DSAHRC, 22 Corporate Woods Blvd., 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12211

  • 2018 Winter Reading Tutorial Student Application
  • Reading Checklist
  • Student Availability Form

Our other training topics are as follows:

  • IEP Tool Kit : Navigating the Special Education process
  • Team Approach to Inclusive Education
  • Advocacy from Day One
  • Down Syndrome Facts, Faces and Fallacies
Development of visual supports:

Providing visual support while educating individuals with Down syndrome greatly helps them participate in, and gain access, to the general education curriculum. Our offices are equipped with tools and computer software needed to develop visual supports and we can help in developing appropriate visuals for your children and students. For more information 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..

Thursday, 29 December 2011 20:54


Sports & Therapeutic Recreation Instruction/& Developmental Education (STRIDE) Recreation for Challenged Children

STRIDE's Mission: STRIDE is a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer organization, dedicated to enriching the lives of children with disabilities, by offering sports and recreation opportunities. Challenging people, potential, and possibilities.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 00:03

Prenatal Testing and Diagnosis

There are two types of tests for Down syndrome that can be performed before your baby is born: screening tests and diagnostic tests. Prenatal screenings estimate the chance of the fetus having Down syndrome. These tests do not tell you for sure whether your fetus has Down syndrome; they only provide a probability. Diagnostic tests, on the other hand, can provide a definitive diagnosis with almost 100 percent accuracy.

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