May Newsletter
Zoo Knoxville
Thank you to those who attended DSAG Zoo Day at Zoo Knoxville! Everyone had a great time at the picnic lunch.
D.A.D.S. meeting
Monday, June 5, 2017
DADS will meet at Chick-fil-A Bearden
4944 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
from 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. 
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Littles and Lattes
May 10, 2017
DSAG is excited to offer a new 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. Thank you to First Baptist Concord's Helping Hands Ministry for providing the space for us to meet.
No RSVP is necessary.

Littles and Lattes will NOT meet in June or July
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Rafting at Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center

Sunday, June 4

Enjoy the day rafting at a discounted rate of $8 per person. Participants will be responsible for payment at the location on the day of the event.
 
Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center provides the necessities for a great trip to the Smokies. Tubing down the Little River is a scenic adventure that shouldn't be missed. Made by AIRE, our canvas covered tubes with a mesh bottom are made to endure the river and give you the best experience possible. 

Your help is needed!
Buddy Walk Committee
If you are interested in helping plan Buddy Walk 2017 please send an email to angie.holbert@dsagtn.org to receive updates.

Be looking for Program Ad information soon.

Buddy Walk will be Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Knox Extra Cool Moms
Mom's Night Out
Monday, May 16, 2017 at 7PM
Aubrey's Cedar Bluff 
9208 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37931

There will be an additional Mom's Night Out-Maryville
Mom's Night Out-Maryville
Thursday, May 25, 2017 7 pm
Aubrey's Maryville
909 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37801

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 2017:

May 10-Littles and Lattes
May 16- Mom's Night Out
May 25- Mom's Night Out-Maryville
June- No Little and Lattes
June 4- Rafting at Smoky Mtn. Outdoor Center
June 5 - DADS meeting
June 17- Asher's Army Walk  
June 30-Deadline for Ds License Plate
July- No Littles and Lattes
July- Summer Social Event
August- Hoops for Hope
October 22- Buddy Walk 2017
December- Ripley's Aquarium
*Dollywood event will move to Spring 2018*
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ASK Day at the Island in Pigeon Forge 
Saturday, May 27 

DSAG has been invited by Autism Site Knoxville to enjoy an event at The Island in Pigeon Forge. The Island will be opening an hour early at 9am so that families with children with autism/developmental disabilities will be able to arrive for rides before the general public.

Asher's Walk 2017
Saturday , June 17 
 
Asher’s Walk was started in 2016 to honor the life of Asher Nichols who lost his life on September 28, 2015. Asher was born with Down syndrome.  Children with Ds sometimes have other birth defects as well.  Asher had cleft lip impala, a heart defect, he had a tracheotomy due to having only one functioning lung that worked at 30% among many other ailments.  He was a brave little warrior.
Proceeds from this year's walk will be donated to DSAG.

Click here for more information
Recreational Scholarship
DSAG has established a scholarship fund to provide qualified members with Down syndrome assistance in paying for certain therapeutic activities. These activities may include, but are not limited to, dance, art, horseback riding, water therapy, music or other activities that may build skill, strength and/or self-confidence. Although our budget does not allow DSAG to provide full funding of any one activity, the goal is to provide some funding for as many families as possible.
 
Click here for an application
Ds Awareness License Plate
Earlier this year, our state legislature passed a bill to authorize a Down syndrome awareness license plate. We must have 1,000 sold BEFORE they will go into production, and we must reach this goal by June 30, 2017. License plates are $35 each. You may purchase by clicking the link below.

Half of the proceeds from the sale of the plates will go to DSAMT and will be used for state-wide advocacy efforts - which benefits individuals with Ds across the state.  Please help us spread the word to reach our goal of 1,000 - we have a long way to go!

Click here for more information