About Down Syndrome Network (DSNetwork)

DSNetwork has been supporting people touched by Down syndrome since 2002. From the initial diagnosis through school-aged years and beyond, individuals with Down syndrome and their families face a wide range of challenges and find themselves immersed in an ever-changing, often complicated journey to learn how to best support and nurture their loved ones. We are action-oriented – always striving to improve the options and opportunities available for people with Down syndrome. We are committed to ensuring that all individuals with Down syndrome have the opportunity to fully participate in society. Down Syndrome Network helps every step of the way.

Our Mission

Our mission at DSNetwork is to educate, support and advocate for those in our community touched by Down syndrome. DSNetwork achieves this goal through an open, supportive and collaborative network that connects individuals and families with needed resources and information.

DSNetwork Programs

  • New & Expectant Parents; Parent Mentor Support
  • Club Xtra for KIDS (ages 0-7)
  • Tweens & Teens UP! (ages 8-17)
  • Xcell for Adults with Down syndrome (ages 18 & older)
  • MOMS Night Out / D.A.D.S. Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome
  • DS ConneX #4youngSIBS | #4adultSIBS | #4grandparents
  • Family Outreach & Networking
  • Community education opportunities
  • Medical education and outreach

Our Purpose

  • To provide information to assist people with Down syndrome and their families to better understand and arrange for services.
  • To provide networking opportunities for people with Down syndrome and their families.
  • To promote greater public understanding of people with Down syndrome and the syndrome itself.
  • To effect change in policies and behavior to improve services, education, employment and overall quality of life for people with Down syndrome and their families.

DSNetwork PROGRAMS

  • New & Expectant Parents; Parent Mentor Support
  • Club Xtra for KIDS (ages 0-7)
  • Tweens & Teens UP! (ages 8-17)
  • Xcell for Adults with Down syndrome (ages 18 & older)
  • MOMS Night Out / D.A.D.S. Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome
  • DS ConneX #4youngSIBS | #4adultSIBS | #4grandparents
  • Family Outreach & Networking
  • Community education opportunities
  • Medical education and outreach

OUR HISTORY

In January 2002, a group of parents of children with Down syndrome got together to discuss the sometimes confusing and frustrating situations that arise while raising a child with Down syndrome. From that discussion, the idea was born for a ‘one-stop information source’ to consolidate the innumerable resources that one must invariably wade through when searching for specialized information. The discussion then turned to what the web-based information network would do.

The group thought it should:

  1. Aid with the confusing and frustrating alphabet soup; of special needs services and organizations.
  2. Allow individuals to search the site for information on varying subjects from education to recreation to alternative therapies to research projects.
  3. Allow easy access and response to information on legislative issues that effect people with Down syndrome and their families.
  4. Offer an opportunity to share information among participants.

From that evening’s discussion the group formalized the mission statement for DSNetwork, developed corporate purposes and then filed incorporation papers in the State of Arizona in February 2002.

For more information, please call: 480.759.9150.

Reach Us

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1445 E. Guadalupe Road
Suite 103
Tempe, AZ 85283 

info@dsnetworkaz.org

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