What is a Community Group?

The vision of the ‘Community Groups’ isto provide support, connections, information, and be a resource to families while creating a warm, welcoming, empathetic environment. A Community Group is designed to create opportunities for families that have children with Down syndrome to network and share common interests, concerns, challenges, and information.  They do this through community events, informational meetings, Facebook webpages, or playgroups.  Community Groups are categorized based upon “Area Specific” (i.e. Westside or Eastside) or “Special Interest” (i.e. African American or Single Parent).  Each Community Group is considered an extension of the DSAGC, but autonomy and decision making authority is given to the groups so they can effectively meet their unique purpose and goals for serving families and individuals in their community. 

Benefits of Joining a Community Group

  • Keep up-to-date on the latest news and medical information relating to Down syndrome.
  • Become part of a supportive, ever-lasting community that has a common bond.
  • Build friendships.
  • Increase your awareness about Down syndrome.
  • Get your questions/concerns answered.
  • Attend really amazing events    

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join a Community Group?

You can contact our Community Group Leader, Amy Iten at amyi@dsgac.com or fill out the sign-up form at http://www.dsagc.com/programs/community-groups/find-a-community-group/. 

How often do Community Groups meet?

Every Community Group is different.  Each group has their own agenda.  To find more information please contact the Community Group Leader of the group you are interested in joining.

How much does it cost to join a group?

It costs nothing to join, but occasionally some groups may have outings that requires a cost (example: entrance to the zoo, meals, etc)

Do I have to attend all of the group functions?

You determine how involved you are.  That’s the beauty, YOU DECIDE!

How do I start a Community Group?

Please contact Amy Iten at amyi@dsagc.com.