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Mission: Our mission at DSNetwork is to educate, support and advocate for those in our community whose lives are impacted by Down syndrome. DSNetwork is committed to providing a balance of life to those impacted by Down syndrome. DSNetwork will achieve this goal through an open, supportive and collaborative network that will connect individuals and families with needed resources and information.

Results: Monthly educations seminars for families Medical lecture series to healthcare professionals Free Medical Conference for families Monthly play groups and quarterly social events Step Up for Down syndrome Walk for Awareness and Acceptance in October Young Adult Group

Target demographics: Support, advocate and educate individuals and families whose lives are impacted by Down syndrome. We provide services for children through adults with Down syndrome.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of individuals with Down syndrome and their families, immediate and indirect.

Geographic areas served: Maricopa County, AZ

Programs: Parents and Schools in Partnership, New Parent Outreach, Parent to Parent Outreach, Community Education Workshops, Medical Education and Outreach, Young Adult Group, Family Connections, Interactive Social Networking, DSNetwork Calendar, A Day in the Life Elementary Education, Affiliates in Action, Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk for Awareness and Acceptance

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DSNetwork is a great organization. They are able to support not only families with individuals with Down syndrome, but they provide information and programs to the community to better understand what Down syndrome is.

10

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our middle son was born with DS and it was quite a shock. We were quickly introduced to a parents organization - Down Syndrome Network. We were impressed with the quality of the information and its members and joined the Board to help with growth and development. Since that time, DS Network has grown significantly and has secured the attention of many donors, healthcare providers and educatiors. The organization is building managerial depth and is poised for tremendous growth.

Previous Stories
21

Board Member

Rating: 5

When my son was born we were overwhelmed upon learning he had Down syndrome. DS Network helped us navigate through the maze of government agencies and paperwork to start early intervention therapy and provided a forum for discussing issues with other parent. We immediately got involved with the organization and it has since grown into a group that educates teachers and parents, maintains a medical and education directors and has ambitions of building a DS center in Arizona. It is the best organization I have worked with and has helped our family immensely. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DSN advocates for the protection of rights for my nephew who has DS. DSN's efforts have raised awareness about DS issues at the local and state as well as national levels. I fully support the aspirations of this organization.

21

Client Served

Rating: 5

DS Network is such an amazing organization. With all the cuts to EVERYTHING theraputic for our special needs children, they stepped up to the plate an are offering so many events to help in the growth and development of our kiddo's, with little or no cost. The parents and professionals involved are the most giving and charitable people I have ever come into contact with. Thank you all for your help and support, I only wish I would have found you sooner. Cheer's to a great future.

22

Board Member

Rating: 5

Down Syndrome Network is an amazing organization. The board members in this organization are incredibly well-informed and fantastic networkers. This group provides social events, educational events, national news, local news, as well as medical talks and information. This group supports DS research. The connecting of so many people with so much info. makes it a progressive group.

24

Client Served

Rating: 5

Down Syndrome Network has been there for me and my family right from the start! My son, Jacob, was born with Down syndrome in April, 2006. We were shocked and saddened, and didn't know what to do first. Someone told me to call DSNetwork, and I'm so grateful that I did. Through this group, I have received so much helpful advice from other parents. I've been to educational seminars on a wide range of topics that are all helpful for raising my son. I've found a solid community of people to support me and for me to support as well. This group has been a huge help for us in so many ways!

24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group was fun to watch in the Arizona State homecoming pareade. They looked like they were having so much fun. The children were so cute.

20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organisation has been great in that it connects families together in the Phoenix area. I have had the opportunity to speak with people and share experience, knowlege as well as prideful and difficult times. I like it as a support, and in that way it has been of wonderful value to me and my family. L Johnson

18

Board Member

Rating: 5

When our son was born with Down syndrome, my husband and I had many questions and we were in need of information and support. I spoke with many people from this group after our son was born and started attending playgroups, workshops and other fun events. Our son has brought us many blessings including the people we have met and the information we have gained through DSNetwork.

20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I joined up with Down Syndrome Network I was in need of opportunities to socialize as a family and feel acceptance. I craved education so I could feel confident in myself as a mom of a child with a disability who had abilities. I also desired a place where I could give back by share my talents. A few years later I am still socializing, gaining confidence and giving back as my talents develop. I greatly appreciate what Down Syndrome Network has provided as our family travels the wonderful journey of Down syndrome.