Sledding at Stone Cow!

Saturday, January 22nd | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Stone Cow Brewery 500 West Street B Barre, MA 01005

Bring your sleds and enjoy their snowy hill! Fingers crossed Jack Frost gives us some fresh powder to play! If he doesn’t deliver we can still enjoy each other’s company inside the warm barn.

RSVP or send questions to group leaders Brian & Jessica Young.; 774.239.5992

Ice Skating at Market Street

Sunday, January 23rd | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
600 Market St Lynnfield, MA 01940
Individuals with Down syndrome, their friends, and
family members, are invited to join us for a morning of hot chocolate, breakfast (including gluten free options) and ice skating! Food and drink will be served in the warming tent for skaters who work up an appetite or for anyone who wants a break from the cold!
Everything including ice skate rentals will be free of charge!
A limited number of volunteers will be present to assist skaters and skate assists will also be available for beginners!
*Helmets will not be provided, but are highly recommended for all skaters!* (it could be a bike helmet, motorcycle helmet, equestrian helmet
 anything to protect the noggin!)

Interactive Music Session (for all ages!)

Monday, January 24th | 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Join Evan from Music at the Blissful and MDSC Self-Advocate Ashley DeNoble for a 45-minute virtual, fun, interactive music session!
This event is free and individuals of all ages are welcome to join!

Toddler Moms Group

Wednesday, January 26th | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
This is a virtual event.

Moms of children with Down syndrome ages 18 months – 3.5 years are invited to join us for a virtual group hosted by Mary-Frances Garber, CGC.

Please email Sarah Cullen at to request Zoom registration link

Down Syndrome-Autism Connection Monthly Chat

Wednesday, January 26th | 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

Let’s Cook! Featuring The Kid’s Illustrated Cookbook (ages 8+)

Friday, January 28th | 6:00 PM
Families and individuals with Down syndrome ages 8+ are invited to join us on Zoom to get a sneak peak into The Kid’s Illustrated Cookbook, written by self-advocate, Cole LaMarca and his mother!
We will be making delicious and nutritious Cashew Butter Cups!
*this recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and can be modified for various nut allergies *

Single Moms Group

Saturday, January 29th | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This is a virtual event.

Single moms who live in MA are invited to join this support group facilitated by Mary-Frances Garber, CGC.

Please email Sarah Cullen at to request Zoom registration link

New Moms Group

Monday, February 7th | 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 to request Zoom registration link

Down Syndrome & Mental Health Support Group

Wednesday, February 9th | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Does your teen or adult loved one with Down syndrome also have a mental health diagnosis such as Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or Bipolar Disorder? Often these illnesses bring on a change in daily living skills, mood, or interest in activities once enjoyed. Seeing these changes and regression in your loved one can be very difficult.

Please join other parents and caregivers for a support group meeting facilitated by Mary-Frances Garber, a licensed genetic counselor providing supportive genetic counseling in her private practice, Listening, Reflecting, Healing in Needham. She has been a consultant with the MDSC for the past 8 years providing insight and support to many families.

Please note that individualized psychiatric treatment will not be provided at this meeting. This meeting is meant to serve as a venue for families with loved ones with Down syndrome and mental health concerns so that they may obtain mutual support with professional supervision.
Please email to register or for more information.

Meaningful Inclusion Webinar

Saturday, February 12th | 9:00 am - 10:30am

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

Meaningful Inclusion: Inclusion is not a location, but a student-centered process. We want to see our children form fulfilling relationships, acquire academic skills, gain independence, improve their communication, and self-regulate their behavior in order to lead independent and happy lives. How do we develop programming in school to help our children develop in all of these areas? Join Ariel Klemmer, 3-21 Parent Educator and Educational Consultant, as she details the key elements to inclusive educational experiences that are meaningful to each unique student.

Ariel Klemmer- Parent Educator / Educational Consultant

Ariel has worked in the field of special education for 15 years supporting students with a wide spectrum of unique needs and abilities. She began her career at the May Institute, receiving training in Applied Behavior Analysis before moving on to the public schools in Cambridge and Winchester where she led substantially separate classrooms and a learning center. A graduate of Simmons College, where she received her Masters degree in severe disabilities, Ariel was awarded the Mary Carlyle Holmes Award for excellent practice of inclusion. Her areas of expertise include designing and delivering specialized instruction with academics, social skills, work habits and behavior, supporting students with special needs in general education classrooms, and incorporating assistive technology to facilitate access to the curriculum. She has presented on these topics at Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University, and at Cambridge College. Ariel is committed to the philosophy that all children can learn, and she enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise with school teams to develop and modify curriculum to promote inclusion in the least restrictive environment.