DSAMT offers inclusive programs and activities for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and abilities, meaning that age-appropriate, typically-developing peers are a critical component of the program. Individuals of all ages - with and without Down syndrome both enjoy and learn from the experience.
Every child and adult deserves to be included, and every typically developing child and adult deserves to enjoy the experience of getting to know someone with Down syndrome. Extraordinary Fun with Friends program hosts inclusive activities to facilitate these experiences, develop social skills & friendships and have a lot of fun in the process!
Music & Fun with Belmont is part of our School Partnership Program. Education majors receive training from a board certified behavior analyst, the DSAMT Down Syndrome Specialist Training and then are responsible for creating the curriculum for this two-hour program held twice a semester, as part of their coursework. Students are paired 1:1 with children with Down syndrome age 5-11 for fun and learning on the Belmont campus. So, while the children and siblings are having fun, these future educators receive hands-on, supervised teaching experience with children with Down syndrome in an inclusive environment.
Parents also enjoy a two-hour break (and often get together for coffee or shopping together).
Circle of Friends is a monthly gathering for teens and adults with Down syndrome ages 13+. Meetings provide opportunities for education, recreation and socialization with peer volunteers in a fun and safe environment. Activities often include Tae Kwon Do, arts and crafts, service projects, field trips and much more!
Next Chapter Book Club is a weekly book club meeting for people with Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities and provides them the opportunity to read and learn to read, talk about books, and make friends in a fun, community setting.
The Meredith Brunner Achievement Scholarship is awarded annually to an individual with Down syndrome who lives in Middle Tennessee and is continuing their education at a post-secondary program. Read more.
DSAMT Creative Arts Camp is a five-day creative experience for teens and adults with Down syndrome age 14+ and siblings or peers in an inclusive environment. This unique and fun day camp provides a safe, enjoyable environment in which campers make friends and explore a wide variety of creative expressions. Camp counselors provide peer mentorship and supervision, while sibling and volunteer attendees provide peer friendships. Learn more
NEW! June 5 - 9, 2017 DSAMT is partnering with Easter Seals Tennessee to provide a week-long inclusive day camp for individuals age 7-16 with Down syndrome at Camp Widgiwagan. Easter Seals cost is $315, but DSAMT is paying $100, so DSAMT campers pay only $215.
DSAMT’s Friendship Summer Camp is a half-day camp designed and led by two highly-qualified, board-certified behavior analysts who work with children with disabilities, including Down syndrome and have extensive experience and understanding addressing behavioral goals in a group environment. Children benefit from small group instruction, while learning alongside age-appropriate peers.
Unfortunately, funding is not available for this camp in 2017.
iCan Shine Bike Camp, for individuals with Down syndrome ages 8 and up, provides quality learning opportunities by creating an environment where each person is empowered to maximize their individuals abilities and learn how to ride a two-wheel bike independently. Each camper receives a t-shirt and certificate upon completion.
DSAMT offers this camp every two or three years, and as funding is available. Last held in 2016.