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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: Nancy Ferguson, Director of Parent Support

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

Wednesdays 10:30am­–12:00pm

Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2

Saturdays 9:30am to 11:00am

Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 23

(Saturday meetings include a continental breakfast.)

Please contact Nancy at nferguson@dsconnection.org or call her at (925) 362-8660 if you would like to be placed on the meeting email list or if you have questions about this group.

Young Connections

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Information coming soon.

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. Share information and resources on many topics related to educating your children, from best practices to rights and advocacy. 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, Parent

Location: DSCBA (Danville)

2018 Meeting Times: Wednesday 7:00pm–9:00pm

Feb. 13 (Tuesday), March 14, May 9, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14

If you would like to be added to the meeting email list or join our Yahoo discussion group, please email Laurie at Laurie@dsconnection.org.

Parents of Adults

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We will regularly schedule workshops on topics relating to teens and adults, such as transition, adult programs, employment and supported and independent living. Please check back for information on upcoming workshops or check our Empowerment Series here.

Please contact Marianne at marianne@dsconnection.org or call her at (925) 362-8660 if you have questions or interested in joining our private Facebook group for parents/caregivers for teens & adults or if you have workshop topic suggestions.

Aging Connections is a group for caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome and signs of Alzheimer’s disease. This group is a collaboration between the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area and the Alzheimer's Association. More information on this will be coming soon.


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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: Jennifer Cooper

Location: DSCBA, Danville

2018 Meeting Time/Dates: 10:00am–11:30am

Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Dec. 12

Please RSVP to Marianne@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.

Support Groups for Families of the Peninsula

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The Peninsula Group meets monthly to support each other, hear talks and for fun activities. Please see below for upcoming dates and topics. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at Rec Room Creative, 1419 Chapin Ave, Suite 101, Burlingame, CA 94010. For more information, please email Julie- julie@dsconnection.org.

February 25, 1-3pm
Tools For Special Needs Planning” – Ellen Cookman

March 21
Fundraising event at Jack’s Prime in San Mateo

April 29,1-3pm
Topic: IEP

May 6,12-3pm
Parents Day Out Event in Foster City

June 17, 1-3pm
Topic: TBD

July 3 year anniversary celebration
Date and time TBD

August 26, 1-3pm
Topic: TBD

September 30,1-3pm
Topic: TBD

October 14,12:30-2:30pm
Halloween Party

December 9,11- 2pm
Holiday Party in Foster City