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In an effort to better support the mission statement of the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas ("DSG"), which is "to provide accurate and current information, resources and support for people with Down syndrome, their families and the community," all social programming events sponsored by the DSG will be offered to people with Down syndrome and their families. Social event attendees must be active members of the DSG and have a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

  • Dinner and Discover for New Parents with Children Ages 0-4 Years Old
    Thu, November 6, 2014

    Dinner 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Meeting 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Arapaho United Methodist Church
    1400 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080
    (Please use east entrance)

    This dinner meeting will be an opportunity for us to teach as well as learn. Graduate students from the University of North Texas at Dallas Counseling Program will share with us self-care strategies for coping with stress. Parents will also have the opportunity to teach future counselors what type of support is needed and beneficial for the parents of children with disabilities. The counseling students will help the DSG identify areas of support need within the DSG so that we can better provide for our members and parents. We hope you will come be a part of the future of care while learning ways to manage your own needs.

    Dinner for parents and child care provided (please make us aware of any special dietary restrictions at the time of reservation). Brown bag dinner for children in childcare provided upon request. RSVP to Cara Prentice at cara@downsyndromedallas.org or (214) 267-1374 ext. 3. When making a reservation, please include the number of children needing childcare, their names, ages, and if they will need dinner provided.

  • Cookies with Santa for Families with Children Ages 0-12
    Sat, December 13, 2014

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Fellowship Bible Church
    9330 N Central Expy
    Dallas, TX 75231

    The Down Syndrome Guild invites families of children with Down syndrome ages 0-12 to join us for cookies and pictures with Santa. Children will have the opportunity to decorate gingerbread man cookies and have their picture taken with Santa. This holiday event is free of charge to all Down Syndrome Guild members and their immediate family. Space is limited, so participants must RSVP with the number of adults and children to Cara Prentice at cara@downsyndromedallas.org or (214) 267-1374 ext. 3 no later than Friday, November 28, 2014.



Congratulations!

The birth of your new baby is a time for celebration and the feeling of joy. Your baby may not be as you have imagined, but rest assured that your baby is more like other babies than unlike. We have been where you are. You may be feeling afraid and uncertain, which is perfectly normal. Most parents experience this when they hear their child has Down syndrome. Take a deep breath and relax. Now is the time for you to get to know your baby and love each other.

We understand that with the birth or expectance of your child with Down syndrome, you may have a whole new world of questions - ones that can be confusing and filled with deep feelings at first. You are not alone. Through information and support, the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas will help you gain an understanding of your feelings, of your baby's needs, and of the love your baby has to offer.

Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal anomaly. Your child has had Down syndrome since conception, nothing you did or didn't do, before or during your pregnancy, caused this. As a family support organization, we offer an abundance of relevant information about Down syndrome to help you to make informed decisions regarding your child. Please take your time in searching through our website, getting acquainted with our families and becoming more familiar with the links on Down syndrome. It is important to caution our new parents to be sure that the information you access is up to date and relevant to individuals needs today. We are here to answer any questions you may have. If during your research you find any questionable information or are uncertain or unclear about any topic, we will be more than happy to help get you the answers you need to clarify your questions.

Accept no limitations! The future is bright. The first generation of children with Down syndrome who have benefited from early intervention and inclusive environments are opening new doors. People with Down syndrome are leading meaningful and productive lives. They are now graduating from school, attending college, and having fulfilling careers and relationships.

The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas has trained parent-to-parent counselors, each of whom has a child with Down syndrome. We are happy to talk to you. If you are interested in talking to another parent, please contact Neely Holland at (214) 267-1374 or e-mail neely@downsyndromedallas.org.

Wherever you find yourself at this moment, please know that we care, and we will try to meet your needs for information and support at this time. The best thing you can do right now is love, nurture and bond with your baby like you would any other baby. Congratulations, you are about to embark on amazing journey!

Warmest Regards,

Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas Parent to Parent Support Committee