Down Syndrome & Mental Health Support Group

Tuesday, May 10th | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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 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, May 12th | 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.

Ben & Jerry’s & Bird Houses (ages 13+)

Saturday, May 14th | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Buzzards Bay - Pavilion 90 Main Street Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Teens and adults ages 13+ are invited to join us at Buzzards Bay Park Pavilion to decorate bird houses and enjoy ice cream sundaes catered by Ben & Jerrys! We’ll also have music and lawn games, so if painting or ice cream isn’t for you, come to celebrate spring, make new friends, and have some fun!

Free for self-advocates! (individuals with Down syndrome)
$5.00 for family members and friends

Scholarships available. Please contact bharvey@mdsc.org

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

AIM Monthly Meetup – Let’s Cook! (ages 13-22)

Sunday, May 15th | 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Meet us on Zoom!

Teens and young adults ages 13-22 are invited to join us on Zoom for Let’s Cook! This month we’ll be preparing banana sushi – a sweet and healthy dessert that can be prepared with toppings of your choice!

Free to attend!

Find the Banana Sushi Recipe Here!

AIM Parent & Caregiver Lunch & Learn – Forming Connections

Sunday, May 15th | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meet us on Zoom!

Parents and caregivers of young adults and adult children with Down syndrome are invited to join us for an opportunity to hear from one another, share resources, and form connections. Whether you’d like to come and learn, educate, or just meet other families who may be able to relate to some of your joys or challenges you’re facing – hop on and engage in the conversation, because parents truly know best.

Free to attend

Down Syndrome-Autism Connection Monthly Chat

Wednesday, May 25th | 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.

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

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.

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.)

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.