January Newsletter
Looking forward to an amazing 2018!

I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying 2018. Thank you for being part of our DSAG family. The board and I are planning some new and exciting events and programs. If you would like to be part of the planning process send an email to angie.holbert@dsagtn.org for more information. Thank you for supporting DSAG!
Angie Holbert
DSAG Executive Director  
Parent Workshop at
East TN Children's Hospital

DSAG is excited to share information from the 2017 NDSC convention with our members at a parent workshop on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 8 am-12 noon. DSAG has organized this workshop at no cost for our members. DSAG members will receive their own (one per family) complimentary copy of the NDSC Family Care Toolkit* when attending.

This workshop will bring together local therapists and DSAG board members to share their findings from the 2017 NDSC Convention. There are 6 different topics to choose from during the 3 breakout session times, so you can choose the best information and resources for your loved ones. The presenters will be covering a range of topics from early beginnings to different therapy strategies, education, behavior and sibling issues.

-Click here to learn more about the workshop
*Click here to learn more about the NDSC Family Care ToolkitTH
-Childcare is NOT available for this workshop.
-Please register by February 5, 2018.
Save the Date!
Help DSAG celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with our annual Race 3.21!

The race is set for Sunday, March 18, 2018 at West High School. If you or someone you know would like to help with planning or would like information about sponsoring the race please contact me at angie.holbert@dsagtn.org or 865-202-8867.
D.A.D.S. will meet
February 5, 2018
DADS will meet at-
Texas Roadhouse
334 Fountain View Cir
Alcoa, TN 37701
6-7:30 pm

Dads, grandads, or anyone who is a father figure in the life of an individual with Ds are invited to be part of the group. 
Littles and Lattes
Wednesday, January 10
10-11:30 am
DSAG is excited to offer a program for our preschool age group. Littles and Lattes is designed to be a playgroup type setting for children with Ds (ages birth to 6 years) and their parents. Feel free to bring your own latte or enjoy the provided coffee. No RSVP is necessary. Thank you to First Baptist Concord's Helping Hands Ministry for providing the space for us to meet.
Knox Extra Cool Moms
Mom's Night Out
Wednesday, January 17
7 PM
at Blaze Pizza (Knoxville)
113 N Peters Rd
Knoxville, Tennessee 37923

Knox Extra Cool Moms Facebook page was created for Knoxville area moms of individuals with Ds to share information and social events. If you would like more information, look for them on Facebook.
The page is not managed by DSAG.
Upcoming Calendar of Events:
Tentative Event Dates for 2018:

January 10- Littles and Lattes
January 17- KECM Night Out
February 5- DADS meeting
February 5- Deadline to register for workshop
February 10- Parent workshop at ETCH
March 18- 3.21 Race
March 21- World Down Syndrome Day
April 8- DSAG Dollywood Day

Night to Shine

There are still spots available!

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, more than 500 churches from around the world will come together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers!

Click here for more information
Miss Shining Star Pageant
Every girl wants to be a princess!
OPEN DOORS TN is proud to provide an opportunity for girls with disabilities to be able to have their moment to shine on stage by providing the Miss Shining Star pageant at no charge for girls ages 2 to 99. We go to great lengths to make this an enjoyable experience for not only the competitors but also for their families. The pageant provides a wholesome, non-judgmental environment suitable for all types of disabilities, featuring each girl in the competition in her own unique way. 
For more information click here .
Do you shop at Kroger?

Kroger Community Rewards is for you. Thank you to those of you who have linked your Kroger card to benefit DSAG. We received a donation of $157.43, for you simply signing up here and using your Kroger card when you shop. 
The organization number for DSAG is 10330.

Click here to learn more.
Employment and Community First CHOICES

Employment and Community First CHOICES is a new program for people of all ages who have an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). This includes people who have significant disabilities.

Click here to learn more