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.

Stronger Together Buddy Walk

Sunday, October 10th | #MDSCwalks
In your community

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.

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 this October for a re-imagined Buddy Walk in your own community!  Register your team today!

 

21 Shades Support Group Meeting

Thursday, October 14th | 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.

Down Syndrome & Mental Health Support Group

Monday, October 18th | 7pm - 8pm
Virtual

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 mentalhealth@mdsc.org to register or for more information.

125th Boston Marathon

Thursday, October 28th | TBD
Hopkinton to Boston

Since 2012, the MDSC has been proud to be an official charity of the John Hancock™ Non-Profit Marathon Program, raising over $800,000. Since then, dozens of dedicated individuals have had the opportunity to fulfill their personal dream and run the marathon in honor of people with Down syndrome. The Non-Profit Program provides over 1000 Boston Marathon® bibs to select non-profit organizations throughout the community, which provides organizations with a significant fundraising opportunity.

Central Massachusetts Down Syndrome Family Group

Saturday, November 6th | 8:00 PM
TBD

Save the Date: Parent Night Out 2021!

Venue recommendations welcome, please email us!

Group Leaders Brian & Jessica Young:
jessica.flynnyoung@gmail.com; 774.239.5992

New Family Social

Saturday, November 6th | 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.

Down Syndrome & Mental Health Support Group

Tuesday, November 9th | 7pm - 8pm
Virtual

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 mentalhealth@mdsc.org to register or for more information.

21 Shades Support Group Meeting

Thursday, November 11th | 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.

MDSC Hockey Benefit

Saturday, November 20th | email hockey@mdsc.org to play
Warrior Ice Arena

Join us on Saturday, November 20, 2021, for MDSC’s annual Bruins Alumni vs. Boston Bruins Alumni. Go to mdschockey.org to donate or learn more.

Every November, two dozen players on the MDSC All Star team, many of whom have a loved one with Down syndrome, sharpen their skates to face-off against Bruins greats of yesteryear. Friends of the MDSC fill the stands to cheer their team to victory (we hope!) in this annual grudge match.  To learn more about the program please email hockey@mdsc.org!