Virtual Summer Programs 2020-07-31T17:33:44+00:00

Virtual Summer Programs

Summer Calendar

Read more about programs and register below.

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All ages (includes babies & preschoolers) for the whole family!

Summer Camp Registration
  • Register and receive the Summer Camp Fun Skills Booklet. Play all summer long from home! Throughout summer, choose activities from the booklet and mark them off as you go.
  •  Wednesday July 1, 1pm First Day of Camp check-in And meet your camp counselor
  •  Every Wednesday July 1-August 21, 1pm-2pm pop in for fun with our camp counselor and other campers.
  • Play a fun virtual game with other campers!
  • Earn badges in up to 8 categories of skills:  Gardening, Exercise, Cooking, Science & Nature, Summer Fun, Arts & Crafts, Music, Reading.  There is even a booklet for Babies and Preschoolers!
  • Camp is not complete without MAIL!  Each camper can write letters to their camp counselor and receive letters back throughout the summer!  There will also be Pen-Pal sign-ups to correspond with other fellow campers.

Moms’ Virtual Chats

Grab your coffee or tea and connect in conversation with other Moms offered at two times:

Mornings:  Fridays at 9:30am June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21
Evenings:  Mondays at 7:30pm  July 20 and August 17
Register here for All Mom events.

New Moms of Babies 0-24 months Virtual Chat

Congratulations on your new baby (0-24 mos)!
We want you all to get to know each other better.
Stay with us after Mom’s Coffee or just come any Friday at 10:30am June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21
Update!! We will have guest speakers on July 10 and July 24 at 10:30am. Suzanne McKeever, Speech-Language Pathologist on July 10 and Marti Flanagan, Occupational Therapist on July 24 to talk to new Moms on the early development skills related to speech, language, feeding and fine motor development. Learn more about Suzanne and Marti here.

Dads Night In

Sit back and enjoy the company of other Dads at the DSAGR Dads Night In on Tuesdays. Email dads@dsagr.org to let us know you are coming!

July 7th and August 4th, 7-8:30pm

Parents of Tweens and Teens – VCU Coffee Chats

Are you preparing your tween/teen for employment after high school? Come learn from the experts. VCU Rehabilitation and Training Center (RRTC) staff will join our DSAGR personal coffee chat. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from those who work to employ individuals with disabilities. Thursday July 16 and Monday August 3 at 7pm. Register here

Parents of Adults with Down syndrome – VCU Coffee Chats

Are you curious about opportunities for employment of individuals with Down syndrome? How do you work with DARS and what skills are essential for success? Come learn from the experts. VCU RRTC staff will join our DSAGR personal coffee chat. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from those who work to employ individuals with disabilities. Tuesday July 21 and Thursday August 13 at 7pm. Register here.

Parents of Preschool and Elementary Ages Nights

Do behaviors and remote learning get you down? Sign up for the parent night, meet with other seasoned parents and guest speakers to get answers to your questions. Parent sessions coming up on July 29, August 5 and August 12 all at 7pm. Register here. 

DS Plus

Did you know that DSAGR has a group of parents that meet to discuss challenges with raising a child/adult with Down syndrome and a little something extra like autism or other conditions? This group will meet Wednesday August 19  at 7:30pm.  RSVP – programs@dsagr.org

(High school) Modified Summer Employment Academy for All

Going virtual this year! This 4-part class is open to all high school students. Join when you can. We will focus on soft skills for employment success. This class is designed for high school students ages 16 to 21. Tuesdays July 14, 21, 28 and August 4 at 11am (one hour sessions). Register HERE.

 (Tweens and Young Teens) Middle School Employment Boot Camp

Employment and independence skills start early. This 4-part class will cover job exploration and chores in the home as jobs. You do not need to commit to all four classes to be part of this unique experience. Parents will not need to be on the zoom but may be needed to provide feedback and direction. Tuesdays July 14, 21, 28 and August 4 at 10am (one hour sessions). Register here. 

 (Kids and Parents) Playing Together with Handwriting

Every week, parents and their preschool child can work together with VCU Occupational Therapy students to improve pre-handwriting and handwriting skills. Each week starting July 7 through August 21, Tuesdays at 9am (preschool) and Thursdays (elementary) at 2pm. Register here. 

 (Preschool and Early Elementary) Occupational Therapy play in a box

Would you like some easy activities focused on fine motor, gross motor and sensory skills? Sign up to receive a Play Toolkit from a VCU OT student. DSAGR has partnered with VCU to help students complete their capstone project. Toolkits come with everything you need to work on these skills with your child.  Sign up for toolkits here.

(All Ages) Occupational Therapy Graduate Students

Families, would you be interested in having a VCU Occupational Therapy graduate student work with your child or adult individually through August? VCU OT graduate students are available to provide 1:1 educational or therapy support to families during the Covid shut down. If you are interested in getting connected to a student virtually, reach out to the VCU Department of Occupational Therapy,  at VCU to Alexa Shepherd at shepherdam@mymail.vcu.edu

(Adults) VCU Coffee Chat with Adults with Down syndrome

Join employment specialists from VCU RRTC to chat about employment skills and self-determination. Monday June 29 and Monday July 6 at 11am. Register here.

(Adults) CHAT – medical health

CHAT is offered by VCU Center for Disability Leadership. This is a new opportunity to take control of your medical health. Create a medical passport, learn the questions to ask at a doctor visit. A parent/caregiver and the adult with Down syndrome must attend these two 90-minute virtual meetings together. Each class will be open to 4 families. If interested, contact Kim Owens at education@dsagr.org. I will contact you to discuss a class time that works for all interested families.

 (Teens and Adults) Resume Sharing with Cassie
All teens and adults with Down syndrome are welcome to join Cassie in this resume sharing session. Practice your interview skills by sharing your resume. If you don’t have a resume, contact Cassie to schedule an individual appointment. Wednesdays July 22 and August 12 at 10am. Register here

(Teens and Adults) Resume Building with Cassie

Everyone needs a resume to get started with the job search. Cassie is offering one hour appointments with parent and teen/adult to create your personal resume. Then participate in the resume sharing class to get practice selling yourself! Sign up here.

(All ages)  

Open to all. This virtual training will provide social stories on wearing your mask, practicing social distance and information on Covid-19 and how we can be careful. July 27 at 7pm and August 18 at 11am. Register here

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