October Newsletter
Register by October 15 to guarantee a T shirt size with a paid registration

You can register online and collect donations until November 15, 2018, this date will be the cutoff for top fundraising totals. Each family that raises a minimum of $100 PRIOR to Buddy Walk will receive $25 in DSAG dollars. Every individual with Ds who is registered will receive a t-shirt at no cost. Click here for Buddy Walk FAQs

Thank you for fundraising!

Like the Buddy Walk Knoxville Facebook Page for updates!
Thank you to our
2018 Buddy Walk sponsors!
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Buddy Walk 2018 Route signs
Would you like to see a sign similar to this one with your loved one's picture?
Buddy Walk route signs similar to the one pictured are available for purchase at a cost of $100 each. Each sign is a durable 18 x 24 weather resistant yard sign. The signs will be displayed at Buddy Walk along the walk route at World's Fair Park; they are yours to keep after Buddy Walk. Like last year, the fundraising incentive remains the same- if a family raises $500 one month before Buddy Walk (October 4) they will receive a route sign at no charge. You will receive an email with details after October 4, 2018 if you qualify. Click the link below to order a sign.

ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 4, 2018. 

Your contribution will help raise funds to support our local programs, thank you for your support!
Littles and Lattes
October 17, 2018*
10:00-11:30 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. Thank you to First Baptist Concord's Helping Hands Ministry for providing the space for us to meet.

No RSVP is necessary.
*Moved to third Wednesday due to Knox County Fall Break
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D.A.D.S. will meet tonight
October D.A.D.S. meeting

When: Monday, October 1, 2018
from 6-7:30 pm

Where: Chick-fil-A Homberg Place
in the Study room
4944 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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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DSAG Membership Dues

Thank you to those who have already paid your 2018-2019 dues. DSAG membership dues are $25 per year per family and payable as of September 1, 2018. As a reminder...the board voted to put this membership fee into place due to the fact that a small group of families were raising the majority of funds at Buddy Walk but yet everyone was benefiting. Families are required to pay this fee in order to participate in Dollywood, parent workshops or any social event offered, apply for recreational scholarships, take advantage of educational programs, etc. The fee has been set at what is considered a reasonable amount for families. If this causes hardship for your family, please contact DSAG. Thank you for supporting DSAG families and programs. Please pay dues by September 30, 2018. Checks can be made payable to DSAG and mailed to PO Box 53575, Knoxville, TN 37950 or paid by card by clicking the link below.
Knox Extra Cool Moms
Mom's Night Out
Monday, October 22, 2018
at 7 PM
Jason's Deli
133 N Peters Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37923

Knox Extra Cool Moms Facebook page was created for 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.
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Upcoming Calendar of Events:
  Tentative Event Dates for 2018:

October- Down syndrome Awareness Month
October 4-Route signs sales end
October 15-last day to register for T shirt size
October 22 - KECM Night Out
November 4- Buddy Walk 2018
March 10- Race 3.21
March 30- Dollywood 2019
Kiononia Retreat
for ages 21 and up

This camp was started in the fall semester of 2002 because of the many children who had attended Camp Koinonia in the past and had “aged out” of that program. There are very few opportunities for young adults over the age of 21 with multiple disabilities to engage in appropriate leisure/recreation programs. The program involves more than 50 participants and more than 70 University of Tennessee students. The UT students plan, organize, and conduct the entire weekend program during the fall semester. Koinonia Retreat will be held at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center in Crossville, TN from October 25-28, 2018.

Click here for more information
Project Search for Sevier County students

What is Project SEARCH?
The Sevier County High School’s with Project Search Transition Program is a school-to-work program that takes place entirely at Wilderness at the Smokies. The semester-long unpaid internship program combines total workplace immersion with employability skills instruction, career exploration and hands-on training through various departments at the resort. There will be a certified special education instructor, skills trainer and Wilderness staff on-site to guide interns through the program and give them marketable skills for entry level employment in their home community.  

Click here for more information
IR4

I Run 4 Michael is a non-profit organization founded in January 2013 by Tim Boyle, who was inspired to run for more than health and weight-loss by a viral meme saying, “I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them.” When Tim shared the meme, Michael, a 50-something man with Down Syndrome, replied, “You can run for me any time!”

Click here for more information
Fall Fun Festival for Special Needs Families
October 28, 2018
3:00pm – 5:00pm

This is a family event that will be a safe, fun environment that focuses on the entire family of special needs children.We hope families in our community will come and enjoy this special time! 

Click here for more information
Complimentary NICU Photography

If you or someone you know is in the NICU, this is a new service you should know about! Hindsight Photography provides a photography session FREE of charge to any family currently in the NICU. Check out their website for more details and how to get in contact with them! www.HindsightPhotography.com
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Fall Festival Celebration

October 13, 2018 from 10 am to 1pm at Fairview United Methodist Church.

Click here to register.

Click here to view flyer.