We Grow Through Community & Support
Raising a child with Down syndrome is different and has it’s challenges. The DSAGR makes that easier. Our programs encourage community and communication between parents and children. We focus on connecting families together, so growth can occur for everyone involved. We have weekly, monthly, and annual programs and events to foster awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of those with DS within in our own communities and workforce.
Our Social Programs are designed for individuals with down syndrome, parents, family members and provide great opportunities throughout each stage of life to learn, develop life-long friendships and become more independent. Let us know how we can help by contacting us at email@example.com.
Our programs encourage community and communication among our members, and we cherish making connections throughout our membership. Through meetings, educational programs and social events, we arm our members with the tools needed to tackle the challenges ahead.
Raising a child with Down syndrome is like raising any other child – it has its challenges. DSAGR makes it easier. Our programs encourage community and communication among our members, and we cherish making connections throughout our membership. Through meetings, educational programs and social events, we arm our members with the tools needed to tackle the challenges ahead.
For children 0-5 years old,
- We’re a friendly and welcoming group of moms who provide support and information for families in an intimate and small-group setting during the early years.
- We host play dates, from visits to the zoo and playing miniature golf. And we also offer moms a “Night Out” once a month.
- For more information or to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For children ages 6-12,
Our little Adventurers get together frequently to participate in social outings together. From bowling and visits to the Children’s Museum to swimming and movies, our children have a blast seeing their friends and staying active in our community. For more information or to get involved email email@example.com.
Our teens and young adults are out and about in our community, whether it be taking cooking classes or learning how to hit a golf ball. For more information or to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For adults ages 21 and older,
The fun doesn’t stop after high school! Our adults with DS get together for dinners out on the town and a variety of enriching activities such as musicals, sporting events, art classes, and exercise classes. Contact Fun4Life@dsagr.com for more information or to get involved.
What is D.A.D.S. (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome)?
Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome, or D.A.D.S., is a committee within DSAGR composed of fathers of children who happen to have Down syndrome. The first chapter of D.A.D.S. was established in 2002 by Joe Meares, the father of a teen daughter with Down syndrome.
The purpose of D.A.D.S. is simple…to assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of individuals with Down syndrome.
We hesitate to call ourselves a “support group”, even though we do, in many ways, support each other. We prefer to think of D.A.D.S. as an “action group.” You won’t find us in a church basement drinking warm coffee and whining about having children with Down syndrome. Instead, you’ll find us out in the community coaching our kid’s sports teams, participating in our children’s IEPs, volunteering at local Down syndrome fundraising events, and even sponsoring fundraising events of our own.
We host regular meetings where our members come together to share insights and experiences. Having a child with special needs often affects how we approach those responsibilities. We invite expert speakers to discuss medical, educational, financial, social, and many other issues that affect our children’s lives. And of course, we share stories and experiences that are unique to fathers of children with Down syndrome.
We meet for dinner at Capital Ale House (Midlothian) the first Tuesday of every month to enjoy speakers, camaraderie and our experiences as dads raising a child with Down syndrome. Contact DADS@dsagr.org for more information or to join in the fun!