The Sunshine Fund was established several years ago to provide a gift of treats to our children (any age) when they are hospitalized.
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.
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!
We have an Education Coordinator available to assist families and professionals in developing Individual Education Plans and attend Committee on Special Education meetings.
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
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:
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.
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.