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The Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association (MVDSA) offers Opportunity Awards to paid MVDSA members. The purpose of the Opportunity Award is two-fold: 1) to encourage active participation by MVDSA members by engaging in events that bring us together and advance the MVDSA as a community, and (2) to provide funding for summer camps, therapies, iPads, developmental toys and products, and other approved programs and items  that directly enrich the life of the individual with Down syndrome. These awards are not based on financial status of the family, but rather on points accumulated through participation in volunteering for qualified MVDSA events. A full listing of eligibility and requirements is available here: 2018 Opportunity Award.  Opportunity Awards are typically valued up to $500 and awarded once per year, per member with Down syndrome.



Buddy Up Tennis is a weekly, high-energy 90-minute program focused on adaptive tennis, fitness, and fun for children (age 5+) and teens and adults with Down syndrome. Everyone with Down syndrome is welcome: no prior tennis or fitness experience is required. We are going to have so much fun!! If you are, or know someone who may be, interested in signing up as an Athlete or volunteering as one of our Buddies, please call or email one of the Program Coordinator, Melanie (937) 286-1089 or Visit the Buddy Up website at

Spring 2019 Session Meets on Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:30am


  • March 9, 16, 23
  • April 6, 13, 20
  • May 4, 11, 18
  • June 1, 8, 15
  • June 22, 2019 - Pool Party

Location: Kettering Tennis Center
4565 Gateway Circle, Dayton, OH 45440


  • Non-MVDSA Members: $15 per clinic or $165 entire Session
  • Current MVDSA Members: $65 for entire Session


You can download the Fall 2018 Buddy Up flyer here.

Self-Advocate Workshops

The Communications Workshop takes place May-September. This workshop focuses on social-networking and the art of communication. Through interactive training, self-advocates will practice conversational skills, improvisation, speech skills, and small talk. The workshop will culminate in the MVDSA Buddy Walk, where self-advocates will operate an advocacy table and escort VIP guests. Self-advocates may also be asked to participate in other fall events as ambassadors for the MVDSA.

The Employment Workshop takes place Late September- November. This interactive workshop will help self-advocates to find a job, ask for a promotion, pursue education goals, or even start a business. Self-Advocates will learn how to make powerful impressions in the following areas:

  • Participating in interviews
  • Writing resumes
  • Sending “thank you” notes
  • Filling out applications
  • Networking

Next Chapter Book Club

The Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association (MVDSA) is partnering with Wright Library to bring the Next Chapter Book Club to the Miami Valley! This club is designed specifically for individuals with cognitive disabilities. The club meets every Monday (except certain holidays) from 6:00-7:00pm.

Our Book Club will meet each week to provide members with an opportunity to read and/or discuss books and topics of interest.  The reading skills of club members may vary, but the Next Chapter Book Club was designed to include individuals of all reading abilities in this great social group!  For more information, contact or 937-222-0744. 

Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.)

As a chapter of the national organization, the mission of Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S) is to assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of individuals with Down syndrome. Once a month, Dads and Grandfathers get together to eat, get to know one another and share their stories.

Gatherings are held on the second Tuesday of every month. Locations may vary. Check our calendar, or contact us for this month’s venue!

More information about D.A.D.S. national:

Moms' Night Out

Mothers and grandmothers of the Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association (MVDSA) get together on the last Thursday of each month for dinner, to get to know one another, and share stories.

Locations vary – check our calendar, or contact us for this month’s venue!

Member Events

These events are held throughout the year at various times and locations. Meetings range in topic from research presentations, to informative sessions with medical and therapy professionals, to social gatherings. We’d love to have you join us! RSVP to the MVDSA Office at or (937) 222-0744.

General Meetings

As of 2018, General Meetings are held two times per year, currently May and October. These serve as the business meetings for the organization. In May, elections are held for available positions on the Board of Directors! RSVP to the MVDSA Office at or (937) 222-0744.