New Family Social & Holiday Photos

Saturday, December 3rd | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

New Family Social (ages 0-3) – Saturday, December 3 from 10am – 1 pm lower level conference room at 20 Burlington Mall Rd, Burlington, MA – Photographer will be available for Holiday photos – RSVP required to Sarah Cullen at

Bitty & Beau’s Meet Up

Sunday, December 4th | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Bitty & Beau’s Meet-Up (462 Main St, Melrose, MA 02176) for families whose child is ages 4-12; Sunday, December 4 from 1:30 – 3:30 – please RSVP to Sarah Cullen at

DECEMBER AIM SOCIAL – The Extraordinary Nutcracker presented by United Dance Company (for self-advocates ages 13-22, families & friends)

Friday, December 9th | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center 41 Second St East Cambridge, MA 02141

This event is SOLD OUT. We hope to see you at an upcoming MDSC event!

The MDSC is thrilled to partner with United Dance to invite families in our community to come and discover the origin story of the Nutcracker!

The untold story of the Extraordinary Nutcracker by artistic director and choreographer Gianni Di Marco is an epic story ballet of love, adventure, and magic!

MDSC 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! Additionally, stop by the holiday market to support businesses owned by individuals with Down syndrome, do some arts and crafts, and capture the memories in the photo booth!

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

Ticket Price – $10 each
Free for registered AIM Members with a yearly membership.
This is a special offer for MDSC families & friends! *Limited tickets available.

Evento de Navidad con Mamás Latinas/ Christmas Event with Latina Moms (Virtual)

Sunday, December 18th | 10:00 AM

domingo 18 de diciembre/ Sunday December 18

RSVP: Tatiana Salinas, Enlace para Familias Latinas en MA/Bilingual Outreach Specialist 347-836-0900

Game Night – Charades & Guess that Song! ages 13+

Wednesday, December 28th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet us on Zoom!

Teens and adults ages 13+ are invited to put their acting and knowledge of music to the test and join us for a virtual game night of Charades and Guess that song!

Charades: If acting isn’t your thing, feel free to use your vocal skills, draw a picture, or use your preferred method of communication to engage with the group!

Guess that Song: From oldies and holiday classics to new pop and country, there will be songs for all music lovers! Anyone who would prefer not to participate in the game is welcome to join in, listen to the music, and of course…dance!

Register for Game Night!

Bowling Night! ages 20+

Friday, January 6th | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Town Line Luxury Lanes - 665 Broadway Malden, MA 02148

The Self Advocacy Advisory Council invites new and experienced bowlers, ages 20+, to join us at Town Line Luxury Lanes for an evening of bowling, pizza, socializing, and so much fun!

Free to Attend!
Bowling, shoe rental, pizza, & drinks included!

Ball ramps and gluten free pizza will be available.

This is a drop off event. Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay if preferred.

RSVP for Bowling Night!

JANUARY AIM MEETUP – Drums Alive & Winter Craft! ages 13-22, parents & caregivers

Monday, January 16th | 1:00pm - 3:30pm
West Suburban YMCA 276 Church St Newton, MA 02458

Teens and young adults ages 13-22 are invited to join us for an afternoon of movement and music with Drums Alive, followed by a winter craft!

See Registration for Cost
*scholarships always available

Drums Alive combines stability balls, drum sticks, and powerful and motivating music that will get feet stomping and bodies moving. This whole brain and body workout allows ALL individuals to participate without ever having picked up drum sticks before!

Parents & Caregivers – Stay and Connect During AIM!

Parents and caregivers are invited to stay for the Parent & Caregiver Session which will take place in a classroom at the YMCA. We are thrilled to welcome Carol Yelle, our new Parent & Caregiver Group Facilitator, to the team! Carol brings years of experience, as a mother of an extraordinary 18 year old daughter with Down syndrome. This month’s topic for discussion will be:

Safety at Home and in the Community, led by Patti MacPhee

Patti MacPhee is the owner of Take Care First Aid and teaches first aid and safety classes to individuals with disabilities. She is the mother of three including her adult daughter with Down syndrome.

Patti will share information, tips and resources to help your loved one stay safer at home and when they are out in their community. Topics to be discussed include how to respond in an emergency, a home safety survey, safety risks when in the community, and, products and ideas to reduce risks at home. We will also have time for Q&A.

AIM Meetups ARE drop off events. Parents and caregivers are not obligated to stay for the Parent & Caregiver Session.

Register for Teen & Adult Programming!

RSVP for January AIM Meetup!