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DSAV helps with tech for school, therapy

BOARDMAN — The Down Syndrome Association of the Valley recently assisted member families in purchasing the devices needed to complete online school work and virtual therapy sessions.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DSAV offered member families assistance for educational devices as they continue to navigate virtual learning working along-side their educators and therapists.

The 16 grant recipients ranged in age from 2 to 18 in school districts throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania including Liberty, Boardman, Poland, Youngstown, Howland, LaBrae, Springfield, Campbell, Jackson Milton, Blackhawk and Canfield.

Grant recipients were reimbursed up to $250 for either a Chromebook or iPad for educational use, working directly with the professionals that serve them. The funding for the educational assistance grant comes from DSAV donations, the annual DSAV Buddy Walk, sponsorships, other fundraisers and grants.

In keeping with its mission, DSAV has awarded more than $105,000 in family grants to its members since 2009, as well as 79 iPads.

In another matter, the association is sponsoring its seventh annual iCAN Shine Bike Camp from June 15-19, at Boardman Glenwood Junior High School. The cost is $50 for DSAV members and $75 for non-DSAV members. The bike camp is open to individuals who are differently-abled and meet the camp requirements. Register at dsav.org.

iCAN Shine is a nationally recognized and highly successful camp that uses adaptive bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained staff to enable individuals who are differently-abled to learn to ride a conventional bike. Participants attend one 75-minute session / day for five consecutive days.

DSAV is a local 501(c)3, nonprofit organization serving eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. It is committed to providing individuals with Down syndrome and their families the programming, resources and support needed to lead successful, productive lives.

DSAV provides enriching experiences, programs and grants to members, which foster that personal growth and pride in accomplishment and is an affiliate member of the National Down Syndrome Society, the National Down Syndrome Congress and Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action.

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