2020 Brings Free Programming to DSAV

While membership is free, The Down Syndrome Association of the Valley is offering most of its programming free to members in 2020 to respond to members’ requests and needs. 

Founded in 2007, expanded programming at DSAV, 945 Boardman Canfield Road, includes social skills and educational therapies, after-school enrichment therapies, family grant assistance, Toddler Time music, socialization time and a new cooking and nutrition course for members 15 and older, says Sharon Roncone, marketing. 

These services are in addition to Buddy Up Tennis, ICanShine Bike Camp, yoga, swim classes and literacy and math grants, she says. 

Successful fundraisers, grant funding and the support of corporate sponsors have brought this opportunity to the forefront, Roncone says. 

DSAV’s largest fundraiser is the Buddy Walk, which is part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s effort to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, Roncone says. The 13th annual event is being planned for September 2020, she says. 

The event, which now is hosted by more than 250 organizations, has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States and the world’s most widely recognized public awareness month program for the Down syndrome community, Roncone says. More than 2,300 people attend the event held in September at Eastwood Field in Niles, she says.

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