Tue, April 09, 2019 1:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville's (DSAJ) Young Professional Group presented their annual gala event (Illuminate the Night) on March 30th with a very special focus - celebrating 30 years since the organization was founded.

And while you might think the night would have been filled with nostalgia and accomplishments of the past, it wasn't. In fact, most of the evening was dedicated to all the new things (and future goals) that DSAJ is working on right now.

With its new logo proudly displayed, the organization shared a video tour of their brand new facility complete with their Career Solutions Training Academy whose goal is to provide the skill sets and knowledge needed for individuals with Down syndrome to become successfully employed.

Using an array of methods, including small group interaction, role-play, videos, and written/oral activities, DSAJ hopes to effectively and realistically prepare individuals to be competent employees in the community workforce. Included are these five modules: Human Resources & Social Skills, Retail Skills, Office Skills, Food Service Skills, and Grocery Clerk.  

Learn more about the program in this interview with DSAJ Board President Jeff Leach and his family..including daughter Sydney.

Good luck to DSAJ - we can't wait to see what you'll do in the next 30 years!

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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