New Family Social

Saturday, July 3rd | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This is a virtual event.

Join us for an informal way to meet other newer families, share and connect for families whose child with Down syndrome is 0-3 (until 4th birthday).  Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link.

21 Shades Support Group Meeting

Thursday, July 8th | 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.

Central Massachusetts Family Support Group

Saturday, July 17th | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Rutland State Park

Families of children with Down syndrome and expectant families are warmly invited to join us to have some fun and make valued connections. Grandparents and siblings welcome.

$8 parking fee

Bring towels, swim suits, and beach toys! Feel free to pack a lunch and stay all day!

Rain Date Sunday, July 18

RSVP or send questions to group leaders Brian & Jessica Young.
jessica.flynnyoung@gmail.com; 774.239.5992

New Family Social

Sunday, August 8th | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This is a virtual event.

Join us for an informal way to meet other newer families, share and connect for families whose child with Down syndrome is 0-3 (until 4th birthday).  Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link.

21 Shades Support Group Meeting

Thursday, August 12th | 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.

New Family Social

Saturday, September 4th | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This is a virtual event.

Join us for an informal way to meet other newer families, share and connect for families whose child with Down syndrome is 0-3 (until 4th birthday).  Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link.

21 Shades Support Group Meeting

Thursday, September 9th | 7:00 p.m. - 8
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.

Central Massachusetts Family Support Group

Saturday, September 18th | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dean Park Playground, Shrewsbury

Families of children with Down syndrome and expectant families are warmly invited to join us to have some fun and make valued connections. Grandparents and siblings welcome.

Public playground. Fenced in and shaded. Bring a snack.

Rain Date Sunday, September 19

RSVP or send questions to group leaders Brian & Jessica Young.
jessica.flynnyoung@gmail.com; 774.239.5992

New Family Social

Saturday, October 2nd | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This is a virtual event.

Join us for an informal way to meet other newer families, share and connect for families whose child with Down syndrome is 0-3 (until 4th birthday).  Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link.

MDSC 2021 Buddy Walk

Sunday, October 10th |
TBD

The MDSC Buddy Walk® Program gives individuals, schools, community groups, and local businesses across the state an opportunity to get involved in fundraising campaigns and events year-round, all intended to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
The statewide campaign is anchored by our signature Buddy Walk & Family Festival. It also includes major and minor events throughout Massachusetts, such as Buddy Walk by the Sea on Cape Cod (every other year), the Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Central Massachusetts, a number of school fundraisers, and other fundraisers endorsed by the MDSC.

Funds raised by the MDSC Buddy Walk Program go toward critical programs and services including:
Parents First Call, Advocates in Motion (AIM), Self Advocate Advisory Council, Educator’s Forum, Educator’s Manual, Annual Conference, Legislative Advocacy on a state and national level, Allen Crocker Self Advocate Internship Program, Your Next Star Employment Campaign and so much more.

All of these programs have directly led to better lives for people with Down syndrome in Massachusetts and beyond. Join us and be a part of the warmth and determination of our community.