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Caregiver Education Series: Honoring Total Communication

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:Saturday, March 9th
  • Time:9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn St, Mission, KS 66202
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, sponsors and grantors
Vision education

Caregiver Education Series: Vision and Down Syndrome Across the Lifespan

At Down Syndrome Innovations, our Team understands that vision affects every area of development across the lifespan. Individuals with Down syndrome are at a higher risk for a range

  • Date:Wednesday, April 10th
  • Time:6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn St, Mission, KS 66202
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:FREE: funded by our donors, Grantors, and Community Partners!

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!

Adult Sibling Connection Group (Virtual)

The Adult Sibling Connection Group is a virtual gathering of adult siblings who are active in the life of their (adult) brother or sister with Down syndrome. Join us

  • Virtual Groups:Quarterly
  • Time:7:30 - 8:30 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: March - May
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, Grantors and Community Partners!

Adult Fitness Class

This class is perfect for improving strength, stamina, and balance in a fun and engaging way with peers! These workouts are designed for all movers of all fitness levels.

  • DateTuesdays
  • Time5:00 - 5:45 pm or 6:00 - 6:45 pm
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee$20 per Month

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:May 4th
  • Time:9 -11 am
  • 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

Social Engagement: Therapeutic Small Groups (for Children 8 – 12 years)

Social Engagement is a therapeutic opportunity focused on providing a supported environment where children with Down syndrome can learn and practice social skills through specialized instruction from members of

  • Day/Time:Thursdays from 5 - 6 pm
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Price8 Therapeutic Sessions for $220

Caregiver Workshop: Addressing Relationships, Puberty and Sexuality

At Down Syndrome Innovations, our team understands that teaching your loved one with Down syndrome about puberty, sexuality, and relationships can feel very overwhelming. Using materials from the evidence-based

  • Date/Time:Mondays from 4:45 - 5:45 pm, Feb 26th
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn St, Mission, KS 66202
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • FeeFREE: Funded by our donors from the Step Up Walk, Grantors and Community Partners!
Being Proactive: Dementia Detection for Individuals with ID/DD

Being Proactive: Dementia Detection for Individuals with ID/DD – Caregiver Education

At Down Syndrome Innovations, our Team understands that in order to be a lifespan provider for your family it is essential that we support you in the process of

  • Date:Tuesday, March 26th
  • Time:6:30 to 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!

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
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:Donor-Funded / FREE thanks to the generosity of generosity of our donors and grantors.
potty training 2024

Caregiver Education Series: Potty Training

Join the Down Syndrome Innovations Therapy Team to learn how the developmental domains and learning characteristics of Down syndrome can influence potty training. Our Therapy Team will identify general

  • Hosted by the Pathways Therapy Team!
  • Date:Tuesday, May 28th
  • Time:6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • LocationDown Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn St, Mission, KS 66202
  • 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

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
OT education

Caregiver Education: Building Skills for Independence & Self-Determination

Down Syndrome Innovations’ occupational therapist, Morgan Hodges, will provide strategies to caregivers and service providers for building skills for long-term independence and empowering your loved one to live a

  • For All Ages!
  • Date:Thursday. May 9th
  • Time:6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • LocationDown Syndrome Innovations: 5916 Dearborn St, Mission, KS 66202
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Complimentary / FREE due to the generosity of donors and grantors

321 Fit – Wellness Event

321 Fit is a Fitness event for all ages that features interactive fitness stations, presentations from self-advocates, caregiver workshops, Zumba, Yoga, healthy snacks, giveaways, and booths from local organizations

  • Date/Time:Saturday, March 23rd - 9 am - 12 pm
  • LocationJohnson County Community College: 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park KS
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here!
  • Fee:Complimentary / 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 - 8 pm
  • 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!

Social Engagement: Therapeutic Small Groups (for Teens & Adults 12+)

Social Engagement is a therapeutic service focused on providing a supported environment where teens and adults with Down syndrome can learn and practice social skills through specialized instruction from

  • Day/Time:Mondays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Learn More & RegisterClick Here
  • Fee:8 Therapeutic Sessions for $220

*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 Spector. Tuesdays from 5:00-5:45

  • Date/Time:Tuesdays from 5:00 - 5:45 pm
  • 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 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm, beginning Feb. 28th
  • 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:Thursdays from 4:15 - 5 pm
  • 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

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:8 Therapeutic Sessions for $220

Central MO Social Hours

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

  • DateFebruary 9; April 12; May 10
  • Time:6 - 8 pm
  • Learn More & RSVPClick Here!
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors from the Step Up Walk, Grantors and Community Partners!

Teen Skills Series: Building and Maintaining Friendships (On-Site)

Our Skills Series will consist of structured activities and semi-structured free time to help self-advocates age 12-18 spend time with friends and build on the friendships that they have

  • Date/Time:Mondays from 4:30 - 6:00 pm, beginning Feb. 26th
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations Campus: 5916 Dearborn Street, Mission KS 66202
  • To Learn More & Register:Click Here!
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors, Grantors and Community Partners!

World Down Syndrome Day Celebration

Please join us to elevate and celebrate your loved one with Down syndrome! Stop by our campus for our World Down Syndrome Day – “Drive Thru Celebration!” Crowds of

  • Date:Thursday, March 21st
  • Time:4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations Campus: 5916 Dearborn Street, Mission KS 66202
  • Price:FREE | Sponsor- & Donor-Funded
  • To Learn More & Register:Click here!
Central Mo holiday party photo

Central MO: World Down Syndrome Day Celebration!

There’s no better way to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day than together as a community! Join us at Level Up Entertainment, where we will have our very own VIP

  • Date:Friday, March 22nd
  • Time:4:30 - 6:30 pm
  • Location:Level Up Entertainment: 2300 Bernadette Drive, Columbia, Missouri 65203
  • Fee:FREE: Funded by our donors from the Step Up Walk, Grantors and Community Partners!
  • To Learn More & RegisterClick Here!

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