DSF exists to serve families, educators and therapists in Orange County and surrounding areas. DSF also provides support and service to Down syndrome associations across the nation and families and professionals around the world.
A world in which people with Down syndrome live as valued members of their communities.
To serve people with Down syndrome through educational, social and support programs delivered in partnership with individuals, families, professionals and communities.
We believe in the civil rights of people with Down syndrome. Protecting and promoting the rights of people with Down syndrome expands independence and choice.
We believe in inclusion. Including people with Down syndrome in neighborhood schools, community activities and the business world benefits both the individuals and their respective communities.
We believe that knowledge empowers. By sharing information regarding best practices, current research and effective tools, we serve both people with Down syndrome and those who support them.
We believe in collaboration. Working with Down syndrome groups and community partners on the local, state, national and international levels enhances our ability to serve people with Down syndrome.
DSF is most well known for its innovative work in developing and implementing The Learning Program, which now includes consultations, tutoring, school visits and seminars. The Learning Program is a nationally-recognized model for parent-focused educational intervention and is now used in some preschools and elementary schools. DSF provides monthly training and support to those interested in implementing The Learning Program in other areas.
DSF also works toward supporting and shaping the national Down syndrome movement. In collaboration with national organizations and Down syndrome affiliates, DSF contributes to awareness campaigns, policy change and regional council growth.
DSF’s newest venture involves the incorporation and start up of DownsEd USA, a partner to Down Syndrome Education International, world recognized leaders in cognitive research for children with Down syndrome. Working with DownsEd USA, DSF is helping to change the way education is delivered by bringing research-based expertise, training and materials to the United States.
· The Learning Program - Orange County
o Parent and Student Classes
o Teacher Training Materials
o Aide and Paraprofessional Training
o Educator Seminar Series
o On-site and Conference Presentations to Parents and Teachers
· The Learning Program - National
o Mentoring and training for Learning Program Partners nationwide
· The Learning Program – Online
o Creation of online learning communities and email groups to provide worldwide education support
· Fitness and Friendship
· DSF Summer Series
o Literacy & Art
o Math & Science
o Speech & Social Skills
o Small Group Tutoring