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Nonprofit Overview

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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were blessed with the birth of our first child, a baby girl, on December 9, 2008. She was diagnosed as Down Syndrome at delivery which threw us for a complete loop. Our doctor introduced us to a mutual friend, also a mother of a baby with DS, who then introduced us to the DS Network. The DS Network has been such a blessing to our family. DS Network maintains a very informative website and offers valuable information by way of an email distribution list. We have found the other families to be supportive, compassionate, and willing to help out in any way possible. We are thankful for this new "family" and truly appreciate the ability to walk this path with such kind people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Down Syndrome Network has made such a big difference in my life and the life of my family. My experience with DS would have been so much different, more difficult, and less meaningful. Down Syndrome Network has helped me emotionally, finding resources, education, friends and strength to face life. I cannot imagine people dealing with Down Syndrome without an organization like this one by their side.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been apart of DSNetwork AZ since my son with DS was born 6 years ago. This group has been instumental in providing me and my family with timely information about helath concerns, education, and local resources. We have participated in seminars, fund raisers, and other awareness activities. Without DSNetwork I believe many parents would feel lost and alone in their pursuit to provide their child with the best possible chance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without Down Syndrome Network, I wouldn't have met so many great families that are in the same situation that I am in- raising a child with Down Syndrome. From this group, I have been able to attend social activities from playgroups to Christmas parties to swim parties. I have attended workshops where I gained tips on how to potty train my child and most recently how to teach my children to read. This group is wonderful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such an active and informative group. I have a son w/down syndrome. Whenever I have a question, or need someone's previous experience, everyone is so helpful. They have so many ways for us to learn, and many fun activities for the whole family. We moved here to AZ 4 years ago, and got connected before the move. I don't know what we'd have done without the DS Network!

23

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently relocated to Arizona and contacted this organization which provided me with resources and contact information of services. I would not have known this information or been able to find it on my own. I appreciate there involvement with me.

24

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before I found DS Network, I did not have information to help me with new strategies I could use with my 4 year old daughter Erica. DS Network has been a very helpful and valuable organization for my family. DS Network puts together conferences and workshops to help families with needed information to help deal with the challenges we face with our special needs children. DS Network assists with providing and sharing information to families so that families don’t have to re-invent the wheel instead this organization helps families with providing support and sharing valuable information. I am proud to be a member of this wonderful organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Very nice and informed group. Very helpful with advice and Yahoogroup that answers my questions very quickly. More like a family than an organization. LOVE THIS GROUP!!!