The Down Syndrome Family Alliance of Greenville (DSFA) is a non-profit parent and volunteer-driven organization working to enrich the lives of people touched by Down syndrome. The DSFA has been in existence for 16 years with a Board of Directors of 13 members. We are the only group in Greenville where an estimated 300+ families can turn for support, guidance, and networking. The more we raise awareness and promote acceptance, the brighter the future for our members!

Our purpose is to:

  • Promote acceptance and inclusion in all aspects of the community
  • Provide services and online resources to individuals with Down syndrome and their families
  • Provide new and expectant parents with an information packet
  • Provide educational programs and seminars for all ages and a wide variety of topics by partnering with local organizations
  • Sponsor social and networking events for the Greenville-area Down syndrome community

The Learning Program Pilot Series

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: St. Francis Eastside - 125 Commonwealth Drive, Greenville, Suite 201
Description: The DSFA is going to pilot an educational program called The Learning Program here in Greenville. The Learning Program™ was created to bridge the gap between research and practice. Although researchers continue to discover more about how people with Down syndrome learn, their insight has been slow to filter to parents and teachers.The program focuses on parents as first-teachers for their children, bringing the fruits of research into practice. Knowledgeable parents can work more effectively with their children and give them a jump-start on education.The program also arms parents to serve as capable advocates for their children in the educational process, starting with Level 1 (K5, 1st & 2nd grades) through Level 4 (3rd to 5th grades) with a Graduate Program afterwards (Middle School).

The pilot will start at Level 1, focusing on children ages 3-8 (K-2nd grade) but will be open to families with children of any age. The course is intended to equip parents with resources, tools, and learning practices to supplement the traditional education/classroom. Parents will then take the learning materials home to implement with their child.

The Learning Program is a large investment for the organization. The DSFA is incurring the majority of the cost (around 70%), reducing the cost per family to only $60 for the 4 month pilot program. Classes are scheduled from 6PM-8PM on August 30th, September 13th, October 18th, and November 15th. In November, if moving forward with the remaining six months of the ten-month program, the remaining balance of $90 will be due. Total investment being $150. Classes are for parents only (no childcare will be provided).

Registration and nonrefundable payment ($60) is due by Tuesday, July 26th. Scholarships may be available.
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Contact Information:
Sarah Johnson