Down Syndrome Association 
of Greater Richmond


PLEASE NOTE:  If you are registering multiple individuals for an event below, be sure to click ADD GUEST before completing your registration.

Upcoming events

    • 04 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 AM
    • 09 Oct 2014
    • 12:00 AM
    • Innsbrook Pavilion

    Buy a Personalized Sign! - DSAGR's 8th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival.

    Purchase a sign to honor your friend or loved one with DS to be displayed along the route of our 5K!  The last day to purchase your sign is Thursday, October 9!  Your message will appear on an 18" x 24" sign. For more information visit and click the 5K logo.

    The cost is $10.00 with a message or $20 with a message and a picture.  Please email the message that you would like on your sign along with a jpeg picture (if you have chosen the picture option) to:

    • 13 Sep 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Salisbury Country Club

    You are cordially invited to share in a festive evening out with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond members & supporters in the local community.  You will have an opportunity to experience the beautiful and spacious setting that Salisbury Country Club provides and enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music, live and silent auction, games, and a mini fashion show.  Fun is guaranteed!!

    • 20 Sep 2014
    • 9:30 AM
    • 16 May 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • River Road Baptist Church, 8000 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229
    Registration is closed

    The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) is proud to announce that our first year as an affiliate partner of the Learning Program was an overwhelming success!

    The Learning Program provides direct monthly instruction in literacy, math, fine motor skills, and language for both child and parent.  Children will receive hands-on learning in centers that focus on literacy (sight word reading), math, fine motor/handwriting and enhanced literacy/memory/language in a classroom setting led by a qualified teacher and occupational therapist with volunteers to maintain a low teacher to student ratio. 

    DSAGR will offer two classes this year, with a maximum of 12 child participants in each class:
    Level 1 is for families new to the program with a child approximately between the ages of 4-7, or pre-K to 1st grade, who are at a minimum, beginning to show an interest in letters and numbers and can attend to an activity for 5-10 minutes. Students entering this class should be able to match picture to picture and understand at least 50 words. The parent workshops will cover topics such as Myth Busters (Teaching Children with Down Syndrome), Introduction to Literacy, Introduction to Numbers, How to Create an Effective Learning Session, Letters & Letter Sounds, Memory & Educational Options.

    Level 2 is for returning Level 1 families or families new to the program with a child approximately between the ages of 6-9, or 1st to 3rd grade, depending on skill level. Level 2 builds on skills acquired in Level 1 and students entering this class should have a solid foundation of Level 1 skills. They should have a bank of sight words as we will be working with predictable text such as carrier phrases and sentences with familiar pattern and repetition. Students will be developing beginning text-based comprehension skills such as understanding new vocabulary and recalling what they have just read. On the numeracy front, students should already have a familiarity with numbers as we’ll be introducing arithmetic operations and the concept of time. The parent workshops will cover topics such as Accessing the Curriculum, Building a Better Reader, Spelling, Beginning Addition, Beginning Subtraction, The Clock & Calendar and Fostering Independence.

    Parents will receive instruction in a separate ‘parent only’ class (held at the same time as the children’s class) on how to continue this education at home and in other settings.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to learn skills at the same time to enhance learning environments at home and school!

    We will have 8 Learning Program sessions on Saturdays from 9:30am to 11:00am at River Road Baptist Church from September through May (not including December). The cost of all 8 sessions is $200 which is merely $25 per class, very inexpensive considering the level of learning and that private therapy/tutoring can be as much as $100 per hour. 

    Spaces are limited so if you are interested in a ‘spot’ for your child, sign up now!!!

    Questions? Contact Kim Owens at

    • 15 Nov 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Road, Richmond VA 23229

    Does your organization serve people with developmental disabilities? Does your organization offer services and supports to help students transition from high school to adulthood to live successfully with residential, employment or recreational opportunities? Then you should be an Exhibitor at our Life in the Community Conference and Resource Fair!

    The Autism Society of Central Virginia, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond, and Hanover Arc are offering our 3rd annual conference for students and adults with disabilities and their families. 

    Our keynote speaker, Pat Carver of Community Drive, Inc will discuss building circles of support with family, friends and community. 

    Booth space is limited so don't delay!! 

    Exhibitor Fee: $25 non-profit and $40 for-profit

    Each exhibitor will be provided with a table. 

    IMPORTANT: Due to limited space and a desire to maximize the experience for our 200+ attendees, the Conference Committee will approve exhibitor applications based upon fit for this particular event. You will be notified via email within ten (10) business days of your registration if you have been approved as an exhibitor. If we are unable to accept you as an exhibitor this year, we will be sure to promptly return your payment.

    Make sure to bring plenty of materials to distribute to conference participants, including but not limited to: brochures, pens, business cards, informational sheets or packets, etc., in addition to your display materials!

    Kim Owens, DSAGR Program Director
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