New Family Social (In Person)

Saturday, April 1st | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us at our next New Family Social on Saturday, April 1 from 10 – 12 in the lower level conference room at 20 Burlington Mall Rd, Burlington, MA. Our New Family Socials are informal warm gatherings to meet other families, receive support and resources and share!


If you or anyone in your family is not feeling well, we ask that you stay home to ensure a safe, healthy environment for our families!

United Dance Presents “Joy!”

Saturday, April 15th | 12pm
Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
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Families are invited to an exclusive mixer before the show, where you can see old friends and meet friends all while enjoying some sweet treats and beverages! After the show, individuals are invited to participate in a 30-minute (optional) dance workshop with United Dance!
*Please note this is NOT a drop off event. Parents and/or caregivers are required to stay for the duration of this event*
More About United Dance Company & JOY
A new company to represent artists of all abilities united in the pursuit and excellence in art. Join us to experience curated works by choreographers Erica Schwartz and Gianni Di Marco with the common thread of joy and passion through dance. This mixed bill features three world-premières and the return of the beloved “Guardians”.

Boston Marathon Cheering Section

Monday, April 17th | 10am
Commonwealth Ave across from the Brae Burn Country Club in W. Newton

Join us on Marathon Monday to cheer on Team MDSC!

We will be set up as early at 10AM between Mile 17 and 18 on Commonwealth Ave across from the Brae Burn Country Club in W. Newton. Take advantage of Public Transportation – our cheering section is a 15 minute walk from the Woodland Station on the Green Line. An MDSC representative will be present when you arrive! There will be snacks, cow bells, bubbles, t-shirts and other items to keep the runners motivated. We encourage you to bring a chair, blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy. Email us at if you need more details. We hope to see you there!

NDSS Down Syndrome Advocacy Conference

Monday, April 17th |
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

MDSC is proud to send our own powerful delegation to the NDSS Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. to advocate on issues that impact individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Monday, April 17, 2023 (Pre-Conference Learning)

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (Legislative Training Day)

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 (Hill Day)

Your Next Star Career Readiness Academy

Tuesday, April 18th |
Collettey's Cookies, Charlestown

Our career preparedness Academy for individuals with Down syndrome ages 17-21 taking place at the home of Collettey’s Cookies in Charlestown, MA.

Applications now closed

Email questions to

Falmouth Road Race

Sunday, August 20th |
Falmouth, MA

Team MDSC runs the 51st running of the ASICS Falmouth Road Race, a 7-mile race along the pristine Cape Cod coastline.

Since 2000, Falmouth Road Race, Inc. has helped charity partners raise over $55 million and bring awareness to their causes. For the 50th running in 2022, 185 Massachusetts-based organizations were selected to participate in the “Numbers for Non Profits” program, accounting for nearly 3,600 runners.

Last Day to Access — 39th Annual Virtual Conference

Thursday, August 31st |
On March 24-March 26, 2023, we were thrilled to celebrate our community of loved ones with Down syndrome and their families and to learn together throughout the weekend at our 39th Annual Virtual REACH Conference!
Our Opening Ceremony, emceed by Lauren Beckham Falcone of The Bob & LBF Morning Show on WROR, featured MA DDS Commissioner Jane Ryder, NDSS President & CEO Kandi Pickard, MDSC Executive Director Maureen Gallagher, MDSC Bilingual (Spanish) Community Outreach Specialist Tatiana Salinas and our 6 REACH Self Advocates — Anna, Brendan, Christopher, Gabby, Nikki and Omar — who spoke meaningfully about what REACHing means to them. It also featured our Official 39th Annual Video Montage, which you can watch below.
We hope you were able to tune in to as many of the live, interactive and specialty workshop sessions as possible, where top experts around the country covered the latest innovative research in education, health and science, legislation, behavior and more.
Even if you missed the conference, it’s not too late to register, so you can have for 24-hour On Demand access through the end of August to nearly everything:
  • the Opening Ceremony celebration in its entirety
  • all of the General Session presentations (the only exception being Behavior News You Can Use, which will be available for 30 days)
  • all the workshops in our Self Advocate track except for the Dance Party with DJ Dan’o
  • two of our specialty workshops— Empowering Individuals with DS-ASD and Their Families; and Amplifying the Voices of Diverse Maternal Experiences
So register now for access to dozens of sessions for people with Down syndrome, their family members, health care professionals and educators, featuring the latest research findings and timely information from national and local experts on a range of topics related to Down syndrome.

Educator’s Forum

Tuesday, November 14th |
Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA

The MDSC is excited to announce our Annual Educators Forum is coming back in-person on Tuesday, November 14th, 2023 at The College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester MA. We hope you will join us for a full-day of professional development with education specific workshops highlighting important information and resources to best support students with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities at school.