Group Programs

We offer educational and recreational group programs for youth and adults with Down syndrome.

Available Group Programs

Reading and Communications Plus is designed to build on prior reading skills, with an emphasis on comprehension. Students are guided to ask and respond to who, what, where, and why questions through various texts, movies, and conversations. They explore content through report writing and oral presentations on topics of choice within thematic units.

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The ability to count, read, and budget money is a major contributor to independence. This program begins with the skills required to count out the money to purchase and identify correct change.

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GROW is a small group program for adults with Down syndrome focusing on two pillars of a rewarding, independent adulthood: meaningful relationships and gainful employment. It is about celebrating small joys in life, like sharing laughs with friends, conquering the nerves of a job interview, and flirting with your crush.

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Join friends, explore new books, and events in your community, Canada, and the world. We read as a group and explore themes that connect to real-life experiences in a book club format. We also discuss research topics of personal interest and make presentations to the group. There is no prerequisite reading level, but students who require one to one support must provide their own support.

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In today’s world, there is a lot to speak out about, and people with Down syndrome should have their voices heard on all issues that impact their lives. Join our new pilot program Speaking Out: Advocacy and Climate to learn about climate change in a fun and engaging class with the end goal of producing an awareness video project.

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The benefits of Taekwon-Do include increased physical fitness, coordination, balance, concentration, self-discipline, and self-confidence. The DSA Taekwon-Do curriculum is adapted to student needs while developing new areas of competence and strength. Students learn basic Taekwon-do techniques, including strikes, kicks, blocks, stances, and self-defense in a fun and supportive environment.

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Kinder Kick-Off helps children with Down syndrome age 3-5 years and their parents/caregivers prepare for the transition into kindergarten. This program is a collaborative effort between the DSRF program team which includes teachers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavioral consultants, and mental wellness experts.

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The Adult Social Circle provides a space where adults can reconnect with their peers and be involved in the planning and making decisions about their group activities. A future goal for this group is to plan bigger social events for larger groups. Other activities could include cooking, guest speakers, outings to local cafes and restaurants, sports, music, art, etc.

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Raise Me Up is a small group program for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome focusing on self-esteem and healthy relationships. Each day we will spend time empowering and celebrating ourselves and discuss how loving and respecting ourselves can lead to meaningful and fun relationships with our family, friends, and potential dates. As we work on ourselves, we can talk about attraction, crushes, and dating.

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Summer 2022 will be lots of fun at DSRF! Join us for music, dancing, theatre sports, OT and more! Participants must be between the ages of 13 to 25 and be successful in a group environment.

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In today’s world, there is a lot to speak out about, and people with Down syndrome should have their voices heard on all issues that impact their lives. Join our new pilot program Speaking Out: Advocacy and Climate to learn about climate change in a fun and engaging class with the end goal of producing an awareness video project.

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Come experience the benefits of Rock ‘n Roll in this weeklong program aimed at teens and young adults. Each day will focus on learning the skills required to be part of a band including instrumentation, problem solving, teamwork, confidence, and style. The week will conclude with a live performance that will rock your socks off!

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Payment Policy

Families should inquire if a program offers financial assistance or if they qualify for funding (e.g. Variety, CKNW, At Home Program) at the time of registration. Financial assistance allocation is at the sole discretion of the DSRF. Families not part of a funding program (such as the Autism Funding Unit or the At Home Program) are required to pay the full fee of the session. Sessions are billed once monthly. Depending on the funding model, you will receive an invoice for any monies owing and/ or organizations will be billed directly. You must pay in order to ensure continuity of services.

Cancellation Policy

Non-emergency cancellations require 24 hours’ notice. Non-emergencies include vacations, preplanned medical appointments, family events, school events, parties, sports events, lack of childcare, or anything that is not designated as “emergency.” The session must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the appointment. Sessions that are not cancelled with 24 hours’ notice will be billed at the full rate.