Our Parent Informational Meetings are typically on the third Thursday of every month. They provide opportunities for parents to gather together and learn/discuss information on topics that are educational and helpful to our families. Attending a meeting is a great way to stay informed and meet new families. Past topics have included potty training, oral motor therapy, conversational skills, post-secondary options, and more.
Get the kiddos ready! This a great opportunity to meet other families and form connections that can last a lifetime! We meet at homes, parks, the zoo and other fun places throughout the year. Typically this is a group for newborn - school age. Sibilings are always welcome! *During Covid, we have opened this to any age. Join us virutally or face to face (outside)!
Our Club 321 is for middle school and high school students. This program helps our tweens and teens make new friends and memories while practicing the skills needed to navigate life and the community successfully. The events are regularly out in the community doing things teens love to do. This group is also meeting virtually during Covid.
This program is for members 18+ and will allow them to gain independence, socialize, and make new friends and memories while learning life skills out in the community.
This program consists of monthly drop-off events where participants can experience fun outings in an independent but safe environment (fully staffed). Social gatherings include trips to restaurants, movies, bowling alleys, and other fun places. (This group is meeeting both face to face and virtually during Covid. )
As moms, our help and support are in constant demand … but you can’t continuously give when your cup is running dry. We want to help FILL UP YOUR CUP!
Join us for our monthly outing to share your evening with beloved friends and connect with new ones within the community.
We have a few options for moms during Covid: You can meet up with ALL moms, Amigas de la Fundacion (Spanish speaking) or Mom's Special
Edition designed to help mom who have children with dual diagnosis or other unique situations.
Dads need time to do life with other dads who have children with Down syndrome, too. We provide several opportunites each year for dads to get together. Outings have included Top Golf, a Tampa Bucs game and Orlando Magic games.
If you would like to coordinate a monthly activity for the dads (or couples) let us know by contacting info@DSFFlorida.org. We can get the ball rolling if there isn't something already on the calendar!
The FOUNDATION is proud to offer several innovative programs in partnership with UCF! Leveraging the vast resources of the second-largest university in the country, we develop and provide programs that improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. We have some of the most innovative minds and research teams, helping our members in all stages of life. This on-going partnership allows our programs to evolve and improve year after year. It is a win-win-win solution for our families, the students attending UCF who benefit from learning alongside our members and the community. There are several iCan! Programs that take place on the UCF campus one Saturday a month. There is also a summer iCan! Bike Camp and a year-long iCan! Work Program.