The Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands (DSA) provides parents, educators, caregivers and their kids with Down Syndrome with a wide plethora of opportunities for fun, education, support, advocacy and community in the Omaha area. Aside from their daily operations, the DSA has already planned several dozen events through various groups and programs. You can find them all in our EVENTS CALENDAR, but here’s a little introduction to each of them for you.
Step Up Walk and Family Festival in October
The Omaha Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk and Family Festival is “the primary fundraiser of the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands. Over 2,500 members of the Omaha community gather to celebrate our friends with Down syndrome” with a carnival, BBQ lunch and the walk. The Festival will take place on Saturday, October 13 at Stinson Park.
Fun Activities Planned in 2018
- World Down Syndrome Day Party – Bring the whole family down to Cunningham’s Pub and Grill, dinner and drinks on Wednesday, March 21.
- Storm Chasers Game on Sunday, June 10 will honor the DSA as one of their community organizations.
Monthly Activities for Parents Only
- The DSA Moms “gather to lend one another support as we travel this common journey. While we face many of the same issues, we all have unique experiences and perspectives. We all benefit from sharing resources, tips, advice and friendship.” They meet on the 2nd Thursday evening from 7-10 PM at Cunningham Pub & Grill.
- D.A.D.S. (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome) “offer an opportunity for dads of individuals with Down syndrome to ask questions, network, and enhance their knowledge of resources and advocacy while providing a safe atmosphere of support where men can openly share.” They meet on the last Thursday evening of each month from 6:30 to 8 at the Redeye Tavern. CLICK HERE to check out their website!
- “The Down Syndrome Education Series (DSES) is a monthly educational seminar for families of children with Down syndrome, designed to connect parents with information that will positively impact the education and well-being of their child.”
- DSES events are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. All seminars are FREE with registration.
- Most months, there is a separate session for educators starting at 4:00 PM.
- An evening session is held specifically for parents and caregivers starting at 6:30 PM. (NOTE: no childcare is provided.)
- Sibshops coincide with DSES evenings and are “opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with disabilities to play and obtain peer support with education included. They are lively pedal-to-the-medal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.” They are held in conjunction with the Ollie Webb Center, Inc..
- 1st Saturday of the month through May
- “During each hour and a half session, children receive small group instruction with a focus on literacy, numeracy, fine motor skills and language development from educators and therapists. Simultaneously in a separate classroom, parents in the program receive instruction on a wide range of topics.”
- For kids, parents and educators
- The DSA will provide “trained, support parents available as part of our first-call when a family reaches out, requesting guidance or support in their Down syndrome journey.”
- “Parent to Parent of Omaha serves families of children, teens, and adults with disabilities.”
- “It strives to keep the families well-informed, emotionally supported and active in their local disability community.”
Parent’s Only Activities
- Parent Connection – Come and learn more about the DSA, hear from other parents who are on the same journey, and meet some folks that are also new to the organization.
- Dinner Cruise – Parents are welcome to join the DSA on board the River City Star on Saturday, April 28 for a buffet, drinks and a cruise down the river.
- Mom’s Appreciation Brunch on Saturday, May 19, and why not? Thank you MOMS!
- Fall Parents Night at Beercade on Saturday, September 8.
There is also a G.R.A.N.D.S. (Grandparents Respecting and Nurturing Down Syndrome) group that “enjoy hosting several events throughout the year, which cater to and welcome everyone in our Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands Community. Annual events include an Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Picnic, Fall Hayrack Ride, Halloween Trunk-or-Treat, and a Holiday Party with Santa.” No events planned as of February 2018.
Continue to check back with our EVENTS CALENDAR to keep up on the lastest events from the DSA.
For questions about the DSA’s educational programs, please contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about the DSA’s social programs, please contact Lara at email@example.com