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All individuals with Down syndrome are lifelong learners just like every one of us.

It is very important to presume competency and have high expectations when educating individuals with Down syndrome. Research has shown that effective academic interventions and inclusive education are cornerstones of effective education plans for individuals with Down syndrome so they can attain their educational goals, be gainfully employed and be fully contributing citizens in the community.

Our services, here at the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center are devoted to helping individuals with Down syndrome get access to appropriate education, from birth to adulthood, so that they can reach their maximum potential.



Thursday, 19 April 2012 14:31

Triple Play Playgroup

Please join us for exclusive use of the Tumbling Tykes indoor/outdoor playground.

Namita Modasra, the DSAHRC Education Coordinator and a ‘Beyond Our Wildest Dreams’ conference committee member will kindly be available to answer any questions you may have regarding education and the April 28th, 2012 ‘Get Connected’ conference. She will have conference registration forms if you would like to register for the conference.

WHAT: TriplePlay date for children 0 - 6 and their families and friends
WHEN: Friday, April 20th from 4 - 6pm
WHERE: Tumbling Tykes 1050 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
Tumbling Tykes website Phone 518-783-0767
HOW MUCH: Cost: $75 / # of kids playing. Please sign in inside.
BRING: your own snacks, socks
RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*There is no food or shoes allowed in the play room.

Hope you can make it!

Monday, 09 April 2012 14:05

Board of Directors Slate

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of the 2012-2013 Board of Directors for the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center

Board of Directors for 2012-2013

Gayle Farman and Lisa Connally

Virginia MacPhee

Mary Grace
Douglas R. Miller
Jim Moorehead
Patrick Morgan
Jeanie Reedy
Doug Rogers
Kristine Sigler
Bill Spillman
Brittany VanEvera

All DSAHRC members are encouraged to vote on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 2:30 - 3:00 PM at the Annual Membership Meeting to be held at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road, Albany, N.Y.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:47

DSAHRC Annual Conference

Don’t miss this opportunity, register today for our…..
‘Beyond Our Wildest Dreams Conference’…


Saturday, April 20, 2013 7:30am – 4:00pm
Holiday Inn, 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY

Hear from our Keynote Speaker Michael Cardella about his inspiring story of “Living the Dream”..

Featured Speaker Vicki Windman, the Curriculum Director for BridgingApps will share her extensive experience and expertise in the latest in technology and applications for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and other android devices that greatly support all visual learners socially and educationally..

Expert Psychologists and Behavior Specialists will share positive strategies for promoting social relationships and networks.

Nutrition and Medical topics include the impact of diet on good health and brain development. Seizure disorders and Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome.


For more information please call the DSAHRC office at (518) 738-0020 ext. 3726 or email Namita Modasra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 19 March 2012 17:15

Upcoming Events

World Down Syndrome Day
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

DSAHRC Seminars
Transition: Preschool Special Education to School Age Services
Thursday, March 29, 2012, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Self Advocate News
Self Advocates Go to the Theater!!
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2 PM.

Monday, 19 March 2012 17:13

Special Needs Recognition Night

On Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012, William Van Evera, CLU, ChFC, Special Care Planner, the law firm of Wilcenski and Pleat, PLC and the Albany Agency,LLC of Mass Mutual are honored to be hosting and sponsoring Special Needs Recognition Night and Family Movie Night at the GE Theatre at Proctor’s in Schenenctady, N.Y.

As a way of saying “thanks” for our past support of their efforts and work in the special needs community, they have offered our organization and members, up to 30 seats to join the festivities and then watch the movie….


(Recently nominated for 11 Academy Awards)

Prior to the movie they will be honoring two deserving individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the special needs community by either their volunteerism and /or their day-to-day efforts in working with individuals with special needs.

If you would like to participate in this event and see the movie, please call the DSAHRC office at (518)438-1113 or email Debbie Baldwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday, March 23,2012 to reserve your tickets. The tickets will be distributed on a ‘first come first served basis’.

The program will begin at 6:30p.m. at GE Theatre at Proctor’s in Schenectady!

Monday, 19 March 2012 15:37

DSAHRC 9th Annual Raffle

The countdown to the Raffle Drawing begins…..

Only 8 days left to get your raffle tickets…

Grand Prize: $10,000
2nd Prize $ 2,500
3rd Prize: $ 1,500


Drawing will be held on April 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm at the Family Dance, Holiday Inn, Albany on Wolf Road. For more details please go to our website at www.dsahrc.org.

Raffle tickets are $100 per ticket.

You can get your friends together and buy a group ticket!!

To purchase the raffle tickets call DSAHRC office at (518) 438-1113 or email Debbie Baldwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Need not be present to win)

Monday, 19 March 2012 15:37


The Nominating Committee is interested in hearing from all DSAHRC members who might be willing to serve on the DSAHRC Board of Directors.

DSAHRC Board meetings are held the first Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center. You can reach the Nominating Committee by contacting: Virginia MacPhee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Lisa Connally at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kimberly Strauchon Verner, Esq. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join the DSAHRC Board and take part in this rewarding and much needed work on behalf of our children, youth and adults.

Monday, 19 March 2012 15:36

DSAHRC Annual Membership Meeting

Dear Members,
We're getting ready to make 2012 a year to remember and we need YOUR support to make this happen...

The Annual Membership and Election of 2012 - 2013 Board of Directors will be held during the Beyond Our Wildest Dreams Conference from 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on April 28, 2012 at the Holiday Inn. All members are encouraged to attend, and welcome even if they are not attending the full day conference. Come hear an update about the DSAHRC from outgoing President, Harm Velvis, and learn more about activities for the coming year and how to get involved!

Friday, 09 March 2012 19:51

World Down Syndrome Day 2012

21 March, 2012 marks the 7th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, and for the first time in 2012 this day will be officially observed by the United Nations. It is held on March 21st (21/3) to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of chromosome 21, which causes this genetic occurrence. The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding about Down syndrome, and to promote the inherent rights of persons with Down syndrome to enjoy full and dignified lives and be active and valuable participants in their communities and society.

Please click on the link below to view an inspirational video created by International Down Syndrome Coalition for Life.

YouTube - Videos in this email
Friday, 09 March 2012 18:13

DSAHRC Calendar

World Down Syndrome Day

Calendar Sale 3 for $21

If you haven’t already purchased your 2012"Aiming High "Calendar, this year’s theme of “Around the World” is a perfect way to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day.

The DSAHRC is offering the calendars at a special price of 3 for $21.

Why not consider purchasing them for your child’s classroom, therapists, doctor’s office, grandparents, or babysitters. Please contact the DSAHRC office at (518) 438 –1113 or email Debbie Baldwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

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