Ongoing PDSSN & Commmunity Activities

PDSSN Sponsored Events

Dine Out for Down Syndrome – Quarterly
Our Dine Out events provide opportunities to raise awareness in our community while enjoying fun meals out with our family and friends.  A percentage of eat in, take out, and delivery sales benefit PDSSN throughout the assigned day qualify as long as you remember to identify yourself as Dining Out for the PDSSN.  Click here to find the location of the next Dine Out for Down Syndrome event.

Exceptional Families
Exceptional Families is a parent education/support group that meets on the 4th Thursday January through October from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Little Creek Recreation Center, 610 Foxcroft Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.  Contact the Family Support Network at 336-703-4289 to register for a light supper and/or childcare.  Click here for a list of our upcoming speakers.

Next Chapter Book Clubs
These book clubs are committed to promoting literacy & social connection experiences for adolescents & adults with intellectual disabilities that encourage friendship & lifelong learning within a community-based setting.  A group of 5-8 people with intellectual disabilities, regardless of their reading skills, gather with volunteer facilitators in a local bookstore or coffee shop to read aloud & discuss a book for one hour a week.  Click here for more information.

Ladies Night Our (LNO)
Join us for this monthly event.  Many families say their best support comes from other parents.  This event gives mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends a chance to talk and socialize.  LNO meets each month in a variety restaurants locations which are posted on the calendar.  Click here to access PDSSN’s calendar to find the dates and locations of upcoming dinners.

Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.)
Want to get together with the guys?  These gatherings offer opportunities for dads, granddads, brothers, and friends to connect.  Click here for more information.

No Limits II Dance Club
No Limits II Dance Club is for adults with intellectual and physical challenges (18 years or older).  Admission is free.  Refreshments and door prizes are provided.  Click here for dates of our upcoming dances.

Annual Down Syndrome Update:
Dr. Tamison Jewett, clinical geneticist & PDSSN board member, provides an annual update with the most up-to-date information on Down syndrome at the PDSSN annual membership meeting held every January.  Check the calendar for date and location. (2012 Update – 3MB PowerPoint)

Forsyth County Parks & Rec & Special Olympics Activities

Saturday Club
If your child is between the ages of 11 years and 18 years and would like to increase their social opportunities – consider The Saturday Club. The Saturday Club is a social/recreational club for teens run by Ann Haynes of the Parks and Recreation Department. It is a great way to make friends. The club has one activity a month.  Activities include dances, dinners, bowling, movies, swimming, crafts, miniature golf, field trips to the zoo and local ball games. Some events are free and there is a nominal cost for others. If interested call Ann Haynes at 727-2505.

Friday Socialites
Who are the Friday Socialites: Anyone between the ages of 18 years and 45 years who has an intellectual or developmental disability who likes to socialize and spend time with friends. Who are The Socialite Friends: Adults who do not have intellectual disabilities who like to socialize and spend time with friends. 3rd Friday of each month 5:30 – 8:00 – Miller Park Recreation Center – 400 Leisure Lane, Winston-Salem, NC.  RSVP to Danielle Dobbs 336-727-2426 or contact her at to be placed on the email address.

Homebody Crafts
This class will focuses on a range of crafting ideas from weaving, macrame, painting, yarn, sewing, etc.  A new medium is introduced each month.  This is an inclusive class and crafters of all abilities are welcome.  The class is held every Thursday at Miller Park Recreation Center, 400 Leisure Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, from 1pm-3pm.

Hang Time
Open Basketball for Adults with Disabilities. Wednesdays 9 am – 12 pm at Miller Park Recreation Center, 400 Leisure Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Special Olympics Forsyth County
Special Olympics Forsyth County is a year-round sports training and competition program for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. SOFC offers a variety of sports including, aquatics, bocce, softball, track and field, golf, basketball, soccer, bowling, equestrian, and alpine skiing. Some programs are unified events. 727-2505.

Other Community Programs

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth SibShops
Sibshops is a unique opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context.  Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.  Sibshops are offered six times a year for children ages 4-14.  Call (336) 924-5301 or email us @ for more information.  Website:

Skills Workshop
8 Week workshop for teens and young adults (ages 13 years to 21 years) is offered by Bayada Rehabilitative Services and Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department.  An adult (ages 21 – 45 years). Registration required.  336-727-2426

ExtravaDance & Tumble
Male and Female Dance Lessons – Contact Amiee for additional information
1239 Masten Drive, Kernersville, NC 27284
(336) 993-7766 or (336) 996-4445