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.
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.
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!
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.