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Family Support

Our Connection Groups offer opportunities for families to meet with those who have similar interests and are seeking peer support. Our programs are a safe and confidential place where we talk about issues we have in common with others.

These meetings are not only an outlet for support, but can also be an important and powerful way to give back to other DSCBA families by providing guidance from your own personal experiences as you grow in knowledge and understanding about Down syndrome. These groups are facilitated to help keep the dynamics of each member's input a helpful and meaningful experience. As a result of the connections made in these settings, many members experience lifelong friendships of support and understanding along with gaining powerful knowledge that leads to success for the child, the family and the community at large.

Early Connections (Conexiones Tempranas)

More information / Información en español también

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding some meetings virtually and some in person. Please refer to the email sent out about each meeting to determine where and how the meeting will be held.

Early Connections offers a friendly and supportive environment for parents and their babies (ages 0–3). We share helpful information to support your baby’s development. Some months we invite guest speakers and focus on a specific topic. The English-speaking group is facilitated by Cathleen Small and meets twice a month: one Wednesday evening and one Saturday morning. Our bilingual support manager, Viviana Meyer, is available to translate for all of these meetings. The Spanish-only group meets once a month, on a Monday afternoon, and is facilitated by Viviana Meyer and Cathleen Small.

Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.­–8:30 p.m.

May 4, Jun 1, Jul 6, Aug 3, Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7

Saturdays 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

May 21, July 16, Aug 20, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17

Mondays 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Spanish Only)

May 2, Jun 6, Aug 1, Sep 12, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5

Please contact Cathleen at cathleen@dscba.org or call her at (925) 362-8660 x104 if you would like to be placed on the meeting email list or if you have questions about this group.

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, estamos realizando algunas reuniones de forma virtual y otras en persona. Consulte el correo electrónico enviado sobre cada reunión para determinar dónde y cómo se llevará a cabo la reunión.

Conexiones Tempranas ofrece un entorno amigable y de apoyo para los padres y sus bebés (de 0 a 3 años). Compartimos información útil para apoyar el desarrollo de su bebé. Algunos meses invitamos a expertos y nos enfocamos en un tema específico. El grupo en ingles es facilitado por Cathleen Small y se reúne dos veces al mes: un miércoles por la noche y un sábado por la mañana. Nuestra gerente de apoyo bilingüe, Viviana Meyer, está disponible para traducir en todas estas reuniones. El grupo conducido solamente en español se reúne una vez al mes, el primer lunes por la tarde, y es facilitado por Viviana Meyer y Cathleen Small.

Miércoles de 7:00 p.m. a  8:30 p.m.

2 de mayo, 6 de junio, 1 de agosto, 12 de septiembre, 3 de octubre, 7 de noviembre, 5 de diciembre

Sábados de 9:30 a.m. a 11: 00 a.m.

20 de marzo, 17 de abril, 15 de mayo, 19 de junio, 17 de julio, 21 de agosto, 18 de septiembre, 16 de octubre, 20 de noviembre, 18 de diciembre

Lunes 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 pm. (Solo en español)

1 de febrero, 1 de marzo, 5 de abril, 3 de mayo, 7 de junio, 5 de julio, 2 de agosto, 6 de septiembre, 4 de octubre, 1 de noviembre, 6 de diciembre

Comuníquese con Cathleen a cathleen@dscba.org o llámela al (925) 362-8660 x104 si desea ser incluido en la lista de correo electrónico de la reunión o si tiene preguntas sobre este grupo.


Parents with School Aged Children

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This is a great opportunity to meet with other DSCBA parents to support each other with knowledge and information needed to meet the educational needs of your children and more. Share information and resources on many topics relating to your children, including educational best practices, health concerns, etc. In addition sometimes we host guest speakers from various professions to help contribute expert knowledge, answer questions, and provide resources to our network of parents.

Coordinator: Laurie Hawley

Location: Virtual via Zoom

2022 Meeting Times:

Thursday: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

February 3, March 3, April 7, September 2, October 13, November 4

 Register for Parents with School Aged Children

Parents of Children of All Ages

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Mom’s Night Out

Moms of children of all ages are welcomed to join in on an opportunity to get together in the comfort of your own home with fellow moms and share in the joys and challenges of parenting.

2022 Meeting Time/Dates - Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 17, Apr 20, May 18

Facilitators: Laura Gordon, Michelle Mah

Location: Via Zoom

Register for Mom's Night Out

Please email Laura Gordon at lgordon@dscba.org if you have any questions. 

Dad’s Night

Dads of children of all ages are welcomed to join in on an opportunity to get to meet other dads.  This is a perfect way to get together in the comfort of your own home with other dads and share in the joys and challenges of parenting.

2022 Meeting Time/Dates - Every 4th Sunday of the Month: 7:30 - 9 p.m. 

Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24, May 22, Jun 26, Jul 24, Aug 28

Facilitators: Vivek Mathrani, Jonas Kriksciunas, Nathan Leiser

Location: Via Zoom

Please RSVP to Programs@dscba.org if you would like to attend

Parents of Teens/Adults

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We offer workshops on topics relating to teens and adults, such as transition, adult programs, self-determination, sex education, employment and supported and independent living.  Please be sure to register as a member to receive information on upcoming workshops. Topic suggestions are always welcomed.

Join our private Facebook Group for parents/caregivers for teens/adult - DSCBA -Parent/Caregivers of Teens and Adults with Down syndrome.

For general information about our adult programs,for resources and supports please contact: Marianne at Marianne@dscba.org or (925)362-8660 x103

Parents/Caregivers of Adults with Symptoms of Dementia

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If you are caring for someone with DS who exhibits symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia please join us in this monthly virtual meeting.

Meeting Times/Dates - 3rd Thursday of the Month: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15

Facilitator: Marianne Iversen, Paula Gann

Location: Virtual

Email: marianne@dscba.org


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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding some meetings virtually and some in person. Please refer to the email sent out about each meeting to determine where and how the meeting will be held.

Grandparents of children with Down syndrome are welcomed and encouraged to join this monthly group. This is an opportunity to exchange information, share common experiences, and be encouraged by other grandparents with similar issues and concerns.

Facilitator: Cathleen Small

Location: DSCBA, 101-J Town and Country Dr, Danville

2022 Meeting Time/Dates: 10:00am–11:30am, Fourth Wednesday of the month

May 25, Jun 29, Jul 27, Aug 24, Sept 28, Oct 26, Dec 7

Please RSVP to Cathleen at cathleen@dscba.org if you would like to attend or with questions. 


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Siblings may need support individually or in a group to talk about their feelings and to do activities to foster their growth. Sometimes, nondisabled siblings have feelings of anger, embarrassment, guilt and shame in regard to their sibling with Down syndrome, and those feelings may not be verbalized but instead may be acted out. Individual sessions and groups are led by Terese Ghilarducci, MFT. She provides a safe, structured place for children and teens to feel as though they are not alone and that other children feel the same way sometimes. Terese normalizes the children’s/teens’ feelings but also helps them to talk to their parents in a respectful way about how they are feeling.

Whatever the reason, your child may want to talk about how they are feeling. If you would like more information or would like to arrange an appointment to meet with Terese, please contact info@dscba.org.