DSC Friends is a slate of social groups, funded by the Down Syndrome Community and intended to foster relationships within groups related by age. Through DSC Friends, we will forge opportunities to build strong support networks and lasting friendships, for parents and their children.
The goal is to work our way up to monthly events for every group on predictable days, with an eye toward expanding the program so regional neighborhoods each have their own more localized groups. We need your support and involvement to make it work!
DSC Friends events are not drop-off playdates, so an adult must be present and responsible for children.
Babies to Toddlers (0-3)
Leader: Jessieca Graf
Join us while we watch our kids play, share stories and therapy ideas, and think about the future together.
Leaders: Alison Burchett
Parents and caregivers: Bring your children so they can have fun with their peers and make life-long friendships. Siblings welcome. Kids: Bring your parent(s) and caregiver(s) so they have an opportunity to connect with other parents while sharing ideas and experiences.
Leaders: Sonja Braunlich and Jessica Evertt
This is a space to share friendship, learn about preferred activities for children and families, and be around in the community. We will explore different places, so recommendations from families are always welcome.
Leaders: Kate O’Leary and Julie Habegger
The Teens group is for teenagers, so it is not a playgroup or a playdate! We’ll be getting together to “hang out” and have some fun. Maybe we’ll go to a park for a picnic and goofing around, or maybe we’ll go to an event together. Suggestions welcome!