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UPDATE: Improvaneers took off the summer of 2022 for some improvements and restructuring. We anticipate the program returning in the fall, 2022.

This program is for individuals ages 16 years and older and brings online Improv to MVDSA families. 

The Improvaneer Method now has 3 levels - Improviser, Improvaneer, and Performer - that each last a year. As the levels advance, a focus is put on performing in front of others and improvising various work and social functions so that the lessons will translate into the real world.

Each session is 5 weeks long. The classes last between 45-60 minutes and are limited to 10 participants. The cost is only $15 per family for all five classes. You can register your Improviser here. Check out the flyer for more information about the skills the participant will learn during the classes. 

You can also learn more about the evolution and history of the Improvaneer Method via their website.

2023 Family Grant:

  • Spring Grant: February 20, 2023 - March 31, 2023

The MVDSA Family Grant Program (replaced the Opportunity Award program) provides financial assistance to our community families in support of therapies, various physical activities and other developmental products. Families may apply for up to $400 in financial assistance for qualifying service providers and vendors. Full details and instructions on how to apply can be found HERE.

The application process requires families to email the completed application and any required supporting documentation to no later than the last day the cycle (Friday, March 31, 2023). Applications submitted to the main office email WILL NOT be considered for grant approval. For access to the application, please click the button below.

Please direct any questions to


The next session of Buddy Up Tennis begins (TBA), 2022. Buddy Up Tennis improves physical fitness & coordination, builds confidence all while having fun! The weekly 90 minute classes consist of 30 minutes of fitness conditioning & 60 minutes of professional tennis instruction. More details are provided on the flyer. You can register as Athlete or as a volunteer Buddy here.

Kettering Tennis Center

4565 Gateway Circle

$50 / 6 week session

Saturday mornings 9:00 - 10:30 am


Buddy Up Fitness

Buddy Up Fitness is an ongoing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class designed specifically for individuals with Down syndrome, ages 12+ (Athletes). The HIIT circuit training program combines cardiovascular and strength training elements with particular emphasis on building core strength. Athletes can proactively improve their physical fitness while performing workout routines that activate a variety of muscle groups.

If you are already registered as an Athlete with the Buddy Up for Life organization you register for the the fitness program here.

If you need to register as an Athlete with the Buddy Up for Life organization you need to start here.

Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm

January 27; February 3, 10, 17 & 24, March 3, 10 & 17

Kleptz YMCA

1200 W. National Road

Englewood, Ohio 45315

UPDATE: D2B has not been open due to facility restraints. The staff of MVDSA and Down To Box has been working on options to bring this program back to our area. D2B is a popular program in our Down syndrome community and we hope to be able to offer this again in the future.

Down to Box is a high energy, targeted boxing training program specifically geared towards an individual's needs and abilities. The program has two age group classes: Youth & Teen/Adult with an intellectual or developmental disability. Class will be held for an hour weekly at Title Boxing in Kettering. The Teen/Adult (13+) classes are $75 for each 12 week session (classes are once a week for approximately 1 hour). Register for the Teen/Adult session. The Youth (ages 6-12) classes are $50 for each 12 week session (classes are once a week for approximately 45 minutes). Register for the Youth session. Each class can have up to 10 - 12 participants. You need to show your interest so we can move forward with the training in December. Please take a look at this video. Interested in the program? Please email If you haven't completed the waiver, please download it and bring it with you ~ Thank you.