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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

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Due to the COVID 19 Shelter In Place Early Connections Group meetings are currently being held online until further notice.

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. This group meets two times a month: one Wednesday morning and one Saturday morning.

Facilitator: Cathleen Small, Director of New Family Services & Medical Outreach

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

Wednesdays 10:30am­–12:00pm

Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2

Saturdays 9:30am–11:00am

July 18, Aug.15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19

(Saturday meetings include a continental breakfast.)

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

El grupo Early Connections ofrece un ambiente amistoso y de apoyo para los padres y sus bebés (de 0 a 3 años de edad). Compartimos información útil para apoyar el desarrollo de su bebé. Algunos meses presentamos oradores invitados y enfocan un tema específico. Este grupo se reúne dos veces al mes: un miércoles y un sábado por la mañana.

Facilitadora: Cathleen Small, Directora de Nuevos servicios para la familia y divulgación médica

Local: DSCBA, 101-J Town and Country Dr., Danville CA

Miércoles: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

2 de septiembre, 7 de octubre, 4 de noviembre y 2 de diciembre de 2020

Sábados: 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

18 de julio, 15 de agosto, 19 de septiembre, 17 de octubre, 21 de noviembre y 19 de diciembre de 2020

(Las reuniones de los sábados incluyen un desayuno continental.)

Por favor si usted está planeando asistir, póngase en contacto con Cathleen por e-mail cathleen@dscba.org o llamarla al (925) 362-8660 extensión 104. También puede comunicarse con ella si le gustaría anotarse por correo electrónico en la lista de las reuniones o si tiene alguna pregunta 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

2020 Meeting Times:

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

July 9, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5

Please email Laurie at Laurie@dscba.org.

Parents of Children of All Ages

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Mom’s Group

Meeting Time/Dates - Wednesdays: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Jul 15,  Aug 19,  Sep 16,  Oct 21,  Nov 18,  Dec 16,

Facilitators: Laura Gordon, Mary Erickson, Michelle Mah

Location: Via Zoom

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.

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

Dad’s Night

Meeting Time/Dates - Sundays: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Jul 26,  Aug 23,  Sep 27,  Oct 25,  Nov. 22

Facilitators: Vivek Mathrani, Jonas Kriksciunas, Nathan Leiser

Location: Via Zoom

Dads of all 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.

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.

Jul 16,  Aug 20,  Sep 17,  Oct 15,  Nov 19,  Dec 17

Facilitator: Marianne Iversen, Paula Gann

Location: Virtual

Email: marianne@dscba.org


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Due to the COVID 19 Shelter In Place Grandparents Group meetings are currently being held online until further notice.

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

2020 Meeting Time/Dates: 10:00am–11:30am

July 22, August 26, Sept 23, October 28, (No November Meeting), December 9

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


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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.

San Francisco/Peninsula/South Bay

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Parents and children of all ages located in the San Francisco, Peninsula and the South Bay meet monthly for meetings, workshops, and social events throughout the year to keep connected, inspired and empowered. These meetings often have guest speakers and structured activities or workshops for our kids

Due to Covid-19 our meeting and events are now being offered Virtually.

Anniversary Celebration – Join in on the fun as we celebrate services being offered in the Peninsula area.  Our two special guests include:

The incredible Karen Gaffney, the President of the Karen Gaffney Foundation "dedicated to championing the journey of full inclusion for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities" will be celebrating with us! She is a sought-after public speaker who became the first person with DS to deliver a TED talk and is famous for saying, "Down syndrome is a life worth living".
Along with Karen we will have the fabulous SF resident and self-advocate, Shana Jimenez, certified Zumba instructor leading some Zumba fun for our families!

Please join us virtually to connect, reflect, and celebrate what we have built as a community.

Saturday, July 25 at 9:00am

RSVP to Julie@dscba.org

Stay tuned for future virtual meetings/events dates and times.

For more information on meetings and events in these areas please email Julie- julie@dscba.org.