Down Syndrome-Autism Connection Monthly Chat

Wednesday, May 25th | 8:00 p.m.
This is a virtual event.

The Down Syndrome-Autism Connection convene its regular Zoom chat the last Tuesday of every month.  The DSAC invites all families affected by Down syndrome and autism, including families who recently got an autism diagnosis, to join them. To be added to the invitation list, please contact Jeanne Doherty at jdoherty@mdsc.org.

STEM Presentation (ages 13+)

Thursday, May 26th | 5:00pm
Lake Quannapowitt 1 Church St Wakefield, MA 01880

Teens and adults ages ages 13+ are invited to join us in Wakefield to meet the the First Technology Challenge Team, learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and to check out some of their recent projects. Participants will have the opportunity to test out their latest robot and play a new game they’ve created!

Please note this is not a drop off event. Parents and/or caregivers are kindly asked to stay for the duration of the event.

Free to attend

*This event has been changed from 4:00pm to 5:00pm*

New Moms Group

Wednesday, June 1st | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
This is a virtual event.

New moms of children with Down syndrome ages 0-18 months are invited to join us for a virtual group hosted by Mary-Frances Garber, CGC.

Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link.

 

*Note: Priority will be given to moms who have not participated in a New Moms Group before, but anyone interested is encouraged to email Sarah – space is limited

Facilitating Independence Webinar

Saturday, June 4th | 9:00 am ET - 10:30am ET

The MDSC in collaboration with the 3-21 Foundation is pleased to present this timely webinar.

Summer is a great time to work on independence skills while your kids are home more and there are less academic demands. Join us for this webinar that will help you to identify and plan for building skills of independence using the things you already have at home. Many of our kids with Down syndrome struggle with executive functioning, and tasks related to these skills may present challenges across the lifespan. Let’s make the most of this summer season and focus on some things you can do right now to build independence skills across domains. You will leave with specific home activities you can practice right away, whether you have a young child in pre-school or a young adult in a transition program. Teachers will also benefit from this webinar.

Pam Booth- Lead Parent Educator / Educational Consultant

Pam serves as Lead Parent Educator with the Learning Program Boston, the 3-21 Foundation’s parent-focused educational intervention program. In her role, she leads parent workshops on topics in Down syndrome education, bringing evidence-based research into practice to homes and schools. She is a frequent presenter on best practices for teaching literacy and numeracy to children with Down syndrome and presents annually at Down syndrome regional conferences, reaching both parents and educators. She also serves on the Board of the 3-21 Foundation, guiding the growth and delivery of its education programs. Pam is the proud mother of 17-year-old Christopher, who happens to have Down syndrome. She began her career in the disability community over a decade ago, leveraging her professional skills to benefit families who have children with disabilities. In the field of education she has represented families as an Advocate, re-established her local Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, and piloted reading and education programs for students with disabilities. Her work in the policy realm has included positions with Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC), and Southeastern MA21 Council, a disability policy collaborative. She currently serves on the Board of the Brockton Area ARC and Massasoit Community College’s Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICE).

*This webinar will be recorded*

21 Shades Support Group Meeting

Thursday, June 9th | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
This is a virtual event.

Join the 21 Shades group, an inclusive support group for all families of African heritage in Massachusetts who love someone with Down Syndrome, for a monthly meetup. The group meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 7-8 pm. Monthly support meetings consist of check-ins, topic specific educational workshops, and social activities to engage families.  For more information please email Jessica at javila@mdsc.org.

D.A.D.S. Father’s Day at Kimball Farm!

Sunday, June 19th | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kimball Farm, Westford
Bring the whole family to celebrate Father’s Day with Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.) at Kimball Farm in Westford on Sunday, June 19 from 11am – 4pm. 
Admission includes lunch and Kimball’s legendary ice cream buffet. Each ticket holder also receives 2 bumper boat rides, 2 bumper car rides, a swipe card for use in the arcade (1 per child), a large bucket of balls at the golf driving range, and one round out of two 18-hole mini golf courses.
DADS reserves tents directly in front of the open lawn area with access to lawn games such as sand volleyball, horseshoes, tug of war pits, ring and bean bag toss, and Frisbees. A zip line is available for 50% off. Batting cages, an executive golf course, and pony rides are also available.
Tickets for $15/pp (children under 3 free) must be paid in advance via check, Venmo or PayPal. Please RSVP to Jeffry Roback (dadsmass@yahoo.com, or text at 339-788-1460) for payment information. Registration closes May 10. (Please indicate number of adults, children under 18 and children under 3.)

Down Syndrome-Autism Connection Monthly Chat

Wednesday, June 29th | 8:00 p.m.
This is a virtual event.

The Down Syndrome-Autism Connection convene its regular Zoom chat the last Tuesday of every month.  The DSAC invites all families affected by Down syndrome and autism, including families who recently got an autism diagnosis, to join them. To be added to the invitation list, please contact Jeanne Doherty at jdoherty@mdsc.org.

New Moms Group

Wednesday, July 6th | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
This is a virtual event.

New moms of children with Down syndrome ages 0-18 months are invited to join us for a virtual group hosted by Mary-Frances Garber, CGC.

Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link.

 

*Note: Priority will be given to moms who have not participated in a New Moms Group before, but anyone interested is encouraged to email Sarah – space is limited

21 Shades Support Group Meeting

Thursday, July 14th | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
This is a virtual event.

Join the 21 Shades group, an inclusive support group for all families of African heritage in Massachusetts who love someone with Down Syndrome, for a monthly meetup. The group meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 7-8 pm. Monthly support meetings consist of check-ins, topic specific educational workshops, and social activities to engage families.  For more information please email Jessica at javila@mdsc.org.

Down Syndrome-Autism Connection Monthly Chat

Wednesday, July 27th | 8:00 p.m.
This is a virtual event.

The Down Syndrome-Autism Connection convene its regular Zoom chat the last Tuesday of every month.  The DSAC invites all families affected by Down syndrome and autism, including families who recently got an autism diagnosis, to join them. To be added to the invitation list, please contact Jeanne Doherty at jdoherty@mdsc.org.