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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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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, 101J Town and Country Dr, Danville

Wednesdays 10:30am­–12:00pm

Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, May 1, May 29, July 3, Aug. 7, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4

Saturdays 9:30am to 11:00am

Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 9, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug.17, Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21

(Saturday meetings include a continental breakfast.)

Please contact Cathleen at cathleen@dsconnection.org or call her at (925) 362-8660x104 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.

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, Education Support Manager

Location: DSCBA (Danville)

2019 Meeting Times: Wednesday 7:00pm–9:00pm

Jan. 9, March 6, May 1, Sept. 11, Oct. 10 (Thurs.), Nov. 6

If you would like to joint our Yahoo discussion group, please email Laurie at Laurie@dsconnection.org.

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.

Contact: Marianne at Marianne@dsconnection.org or (925)362-8660 x103

For information on: 

  • Joining our private Facebook group for parents/caregivers for teens & adults 

  • Learning about resources and supports for aging adults and Alzheimer's

  • General Information about our adult programs


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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

2019 Meeting Time/Dates: 10:00am–11:30am

January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 21, Sept 25, October 23, (No November Meeting), December 11

Please RSVP to Cathleen at cathleen@dsconnection.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 dscba@dsconnection.org.

Peninsula Group

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Our Peninsula Group consists of parents and children of all ages. We have support group meetings, music therapy class, workshops, and social events throughout the year to keep us all connected, inspired, and empowered. Our support group meetings often have guest speakers and structured activities or workshops for our kids in addition to the wonderful indoor play space. All meetings and events require RSVPs. For more information, please email Julie- julie@dsconnection.org.

Location: Rec Room Creative, 1419 Chapin Ave. Suite 101, Burlingame

Sunday at 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Jan. 26 (Saturday), Feb. 24, March 31, Aug. 25

Special Events:

Parent Day Out – Sunday, May 5 from 12-3pm at The Garden by Equal Play in San Mateo

Anniversary Party – Sunday, July 14 from 12-3pm at Maddux Park in Redwood City

Halloween Party – Oct. 20 from 12:30pm-2:30pm

Holiday Party – Sunday, December 8 from 11-2pm at the Vibe in Foster City