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Life Care Plans and Special Needs Trust

Ensuring your loved one has the financial resources required to meet his or her needs without jeopardizing eligibility for government-provided supplemental benefits can be a challenge for any family.

  • Date:Tuesday, July 23rd
  • Time:6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn St, Mission, KS 66202
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Donor-Funded / FREE due to the generosity of our donors, grantors and community partners!
Swim party

Central Missouri: Summer Celebration!

Join us for our 2024 Central Missouri Summer Celebration! This is an opportunity to celebrate our loved ones and welcome the summer season together! Free entry is provided by

  • Date/Time:Saturday, June 15th from 12:00 - 3:00 pm
  • LocationAlbert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center:1900 Blue Ridge Rd, Columbia, MO 65202
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Complimentary / FREE due to the generosity of Step Up Walk donors and grantors

How to Financially Empower the Down Syndrome Community with ABLE Accounts – VIRTUAL

ABLE accounts allow people with disabilities to save money that is not counted towards asset limitations set by means-tested benefit programs such as Medicaid or SSI. Tune in to

  • Date:Tuesday, July 16th
  • Time:6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Location:VIRTUAL
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Donor-Funded / FREE due to the generosity of our donors, grantors and community partners!

Youth Fitness Class (Ages 8 – 12)

NEW THIS SUMMER! This fitness program is designed for 8-12 year olds, guiding them through games and exercises to build their strength, stamina, and agility. The class is led

  • Date/Time:Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 - 9:45 am
  • Learn More & Submit Interest FormClick Here
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, Grantors and Community Partners!

Co-Regulation Therapeutic Small Group (for Teens & Adults 14+)

This Co-Regulation therapeutic small group is geared towards self-advocates and caregivers who need to find shared language and shared strategies to work through big emotions. Self-advocate participants must be

  • Day/Time:Tuesdays at 2:00-3:00 pm or 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:8 Therapeutic Sessions for $220

Summer Teen Camp

Summer Teen Camp is offered on Monday afternoons this summer, with the option to commit to all six sessions in June and July, or only three sessions in the

  • Dates:Mondays beginning June 10th
  • Time:1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Fee:$25 for 3 sessions (June or July) | $50 for ALL 6 sessions (June & July)
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!

Self-Advocate Workshop: Public vs. Private, Puberty, and Relationships

At Down Syndrome Innovations, our team understands that teaching your teen/adult with Down syndrome about relationships and dating can feel very overwhelming. Using materials from the evidence-based curriculum, members

  • Date/Time:Mondays from 4:30 - 5:30, beginning June 17
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn St, Mission, KS 66202
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • FeeFREE: thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, donors and grantors!

Cognitive Aging and ID/DD – Caregiver Consultations

NEW SERVICE! Down Syndrome Innovations is working closely with the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center to share information and increase support for individuals with Down syndrome and other ID/DDs,

Aging Years: Caregiver Connection Group (Virtual)

The Aging Years Caregiver Connection Group is a virtual gathering of caregivers to discuss resources, strategies, community supports, and challenges related to caring for an aging loved one with

  • Virtual Groups:The 2nd Monday of each month
  • Time:5:15 - 6:00 pm
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors from the Step Up Walk, Grantors and Community Partners!
Connect & Play

Connect & Play!

Our “Connect & Play” groups are for families looking to connect with other families out in the community, closer to home! Connect & Play is an opportunity for parents/caregivers

  • Dates:Multiple Dates
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, Grantors and Community Partners!

New / Expectant Parents & Extended Family Gathering

This is an opportunity for new parents and extended family members (prenatal – 2 years old) to connect with others, who have a young child with Down syndrome. Meet

  • Date:August 3rd
  • Time:9 -11 am
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Donor-funded / FREE

Visual Supports Across the Lifespan

Join other parents, caregivers, and educators to learn how to create and use visual supports from Megan DeBoom, our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and our Director of Therapeutic

  • Event Details
  • Date:Wednesday, July 31st
  • Time:6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn St, Mission, KS 66202
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Donor-Funded / FREE

Community Workouts for Teens and Adults

These workouts are inclusive exercise opportunities at various gyms around the Kansas City metro. Workouts are designed to improve functional strength and stamina. These occur at different locations every

  • Date:Ongoing
  • Time/s:Various Times
  • Location/sVarious Locations: throughout KC region
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Donor-Funded / FREE

Speech-Language Consultations – Pathways Therapy Service

Do you or other family members have trouble understanding your child? Are you concerned about limited vocabulary or language delays? Does your child use an alternative or augmentative communication

  • Date:Year-Round
  • Learn MoreClick Here!
  • Fee:Complimentary / FREE

DS-ASD Connection Group

DS-ASD Connection is a virtual gathering of caregivers to discuss resources, strategies, community supports, and challenges related to a child or adult’s current or potential dual-diagnosis of Down syndrome

  • Virtual Groups:Hosted Quarterly
  • Day/Time:Wednesday from 5:30 - 6:00 pm on 6/12 and 7/10
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:Donor-Funded / FREE thanks to the generosity of generosity of our donors and grantors.

Post-High School Transition for Young Adults with Down Syndrome – VIRTUAL

Many parents, caregivers, and educators recognize how challenging the transition can be from high school to adult life in community for young adults with Down syndrome. As advocates for

  • Date:Tuesday, August 27th
  • Time:6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Location:VIRTUAL
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Complimentary / FREE due to the generosity of donors, grantors and community partners!

Occupational Therapy Consultations – Pathways Therapy Service

Consider you and your self-advocate’s daily life, the things that occupy your time, and how you engage in the rhythms of life. Do you worry about how to help

  • Date:Year-Round
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  • Fee:Complimentary / FREE

March to Independence: A Parent-to-Parent Guide for Preparing for the Future (Virtual)

Down Syndrome Innovations is pleased to *VIRTUALLY* host Steve & Gwendolyn Friedman’s seminar, “March to Independence.” The Friedman’s have compiled an essential reference guide for families with Down syndrome.

  • Date:Tuesday, June 25th
  • Time:6:30-8:00 pm
  • Location:VIRTUAL
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:Donor-Funded / FREE

Behavior Consultations – Pathways Therapy Service

Do behavior challenges make it difficult to complete daily routines such as getting ready for school or going to bed? Do you avoid activities or places because you fear

  • Date:Year-Round
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  • Fee:Complimentary / FREE

School-Age Support Consultations

Do you have concerns about behaviors or self-regulation in the home? Do you need help interpreting your child’s IEP or need strategies to better collaborate with your school team?

  • Date:Year-Round
  • To Learn More:Click Here!
  • CostDONOR-FUNDED / FREE

Small Group Fitness Training (Adults)

Adults with Down syndrome are invited to join us for personalized workout classes, focusing on building foundational strength and functional skills. Each class is limited to 6 participants (or

  • DateTuesdays & Thursdays
  • Time10:00 - 10:45 am
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee$40 per Month (1 day/week) OR $80 per Month (2 days/wk)
Adults with Down syndrome socializing

Social and Skill-Building Groups for Adults (On-Site)

Adults with Down syndrome are invited to join our skill-building and social programming that takes place on Tuesday evenings! Sessions are always a balance of continuing education and having

  • Date/s:Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, beginning June 18th
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn St, Mission KS 66202
  • To Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, Grantors and Community Partners!
virtual program for adults

*VIRTUAL* Social Groups for Adults

These VIRTUAL Social Groups for adults will focus on providing a structured environment for participants to socialize, learn, and have fun together!  Facilitated by Lifespan Services Team member, Lauren

  • Date/Time:Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, Grantors and Community Partners!

*VIRTUAL* Social Groups (for Teens)

These VIRTUAL groups focus on providing a structured environment for teens to socialize, learn, and have fun!   Facilitated by Lifespan Services Team member, Lauren Holmes. Tuesdays from 5:00

  • Date/Time:Tuesdays from 5:00 - 5:45 pm, beginning June 11th
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, grantors and Community Partners!

Children’s Social Skills Group (On-Site)

Ages 6 – 12  |  Our Skills Series focuses on activities designed to help children develop and practice social skills. Our groups will focus on providing a structured environment

  • Date/Time:Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 pm, beginning June 5th
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, Grantors and Community Partners!

Special Olympics: Young Athletes

[For ages 4 – 7]  In partnership with Special Olympics, Young Athletes is designed to promote the development of an active lifestyle through play for children between the ages

  • Date/Time:Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 - 10 am
  • Learn More & Submit Interest FormClick Here
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, Grantors and Community Partners!

Health and Wellness Consultations

~Health & Wellness Consultations~ Would you like to talk to a health and wellness professional who understands Down syndrome to develop proactive strategies for incorporating more activity into your

  • Date:Year-Round
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  • CostComplimentary / FREE

Employment Consultations

~Employment Consultations~ Is your self-advocate preparing for employment or needing support in their current job? Down Syndrome Innovations has a certified employment support professional to help your family navigate

  • Date:Year-Round
  • Learn More
  • CostComplimentary / FREE

Long-Term Planning Consultations

~Long-Term Planning Consultations~ We are committed to preparing your loved one with Down syndrome for a meaningful, productive, and authentic adult life! This requires future planning for parents and

  • Date:Year-Round
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  • CostComplimentary / FREE

Educator Appreciation Breakfast & Open House

Down Syndrome Innovations appreciates the passion and commitment of educators, who support students with Down syndrome! Please join us for an  Educator Appreciation Breakfast & Open House at our

  • Date:Wednesday, July 31st
  • Time:Open House: 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn Street, Mission, KS 66202
  • Learn More & RegisterClick here!
  • Fee:This is a FREE event for educators!

Ready, Set, Regulate (Therapeutic Small Groups)

Therapeutic service for ages 6 – 12 years old  |  Designed and facilitated by our Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Ready, Set, Regulate offers caregivers and self-advocates the opportunity to

  • Days of the WeekTuesdays & Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:6 Therapeutic Sessions for $170 (Free for Jackson Co. residents due to grant funding)

Summer Basketball Camp: Skills & Drills with PAC Athletes

The Basketball Day Camps, Skills & Drills with PAC Athletes, are hosted by the PAC Basketball Program led by Coach Liam Wolfe, community partner and friend of our mission,

  • Dates:July 23 - 25
  • Times:6-12 yrs: 11 am - 12 pm | Teens/Adults: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Donor-Funded / FREE

Central MO Social Hours

Join us for our 2024 Social Hours! This is an opportunity for families to meet and exchange stories, resources, and fellowship!   Dinner and childcare will be provided for

  • DateMonthly
  • Time:6 - 8 pm
  • Learn More & RSVPClick Here!
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors from the Step Up Walk, Grantors and Community Partners!

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