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.

AIM Afternoon at Ingaldsby Farm (ages 13-22)

Saturday, October 23rd | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ingaldsby Farm - 14 Washington St., Boxford, MA 01921

Join us at Ingaldsby Farm for an afternoon filled with hay rides, apple or pumpkin picking, apple cider, donuts, and pumpkin decorating!

One family member or support person is encouraged to join each self-advocate for this event.

Cost: $10 per pair (self advocate & family member/support person)
*scholarships available – please contact bharvey@mdsc.org

Register for Ingaldsby Farm!

AIM Virtual Halloween Costume Party! (ages 13-22)

Friday, October 29th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Join MDSC friends and DJ Dan on Zoom to kick off Halloween weekend! Costumes are encouraged, dance moves are a MUST! Bring your own snacks or whatever you might like to eat!

Register for AIM Halloween Costume Party!

SAAC Social – Virtual Halloween Costume Party! (ages 22+)

Friday, October 29th | 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Join MDSC friends and DJ Dan on Zoom to kick off Halloween weekend! Costumes are encouraged, dance moves are a MUST! Bring your own snacks or whatever you might like to eat!

Register for SAAC Halloween Costume Party!

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.

Down Syndrome & Mental Health Support Group

Wednesday, December 8th | 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.