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*

Farm Day

Saturday, June 4th | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Green Hill Parkway, Worcester, MA 01605
Come enjoy the farm at Green Hill Park! Admission is free. Bring a snack and enjoy the park’s trails and playground too!
Rain Date: Saturday, June 11
Address: Green Hill Parkway, Worcester, MA 01605

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.

Grandparents Zoom – Sharing & Connecting

Thursday, June 16th | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
This is a virtual event.

Please register using the link below.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

AIM Monthly Meetup The Foundations of Friendship (ages 13+)

Friday, June 17th | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Meet us on Zoom!

Everyone deserves to have meaningful friendships, but many individuals with Down syndrome struggle with developing friendships due to shyness, anxiety, picking up on nonverbal or social cues, and being overwhelmed. Join us on Zoom to learn how to make and initiate meaningful friendships, and share your own experiences! This workshop will be led by Laura Green, who met her best friend, Jordan Caira, who happens to have Down syndrome, when she was 15 years old.

Free to attend!

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.)

SAAC Social Kickoff to Summer Dance Party! ages 22+

Friday, June 24th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet us on Zoom!

Put on your bright colors, prepare your best dance moves, and celebrate with us as we kickoff the summer with a dance party hosted by the SAAC!

Free to attend!

End of the Year Family Picnic! (all ages!)

Saturday, June 25th | 11:00am - 1:00pm
Skyline Park 815 Newton St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Families, friends, and individuals with Down syndrome of all ages are invited to join us for a picnic at Skyline park to celebrate the end of the program year! We’ll have lawn games, music, snacks and refreshments for everyone, but feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under the pavilion! Parents and caregivers with little ones, come enjoy the fenced in playground!

Free to attend!

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.