Here are some organizations and websites that provide information about Down Syndrome. NAPAC does not endorse any of the following services. They are provided for your information only. Please let us know if you have additional resources to add to our lists.
Organizations and Websites
A playgroup for families who have Down syndrome, Morning Travelers began in North Andover in 2003. Playgroups are now meeting in Tewksbury and Belmont and the group has a very active and vibrant Facebook page which is marked “private”. For more information, please email Sharon Randall at email@example.com.
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress |www.mdsc.org
This organization serves Massachusetts families at all stages of life — from pre-natal diagnosis through adulthood. They offer social opportunities for families, legislative opportunities for individuals interested in working to ensure the rights of individuals with Down syndrome, and many educational programs as well.
D.A.D.S.: Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome |www.dadsmass.org
This group is for fathers in Massachusetts who have children with Down syndrome. Their mission is to assist and support each other and their families through fellowship and action.
National Down Syndrome Society |www.ndss.org
This organization works on a national level to promote advocacy and opportunities. Their Web site is full of information about Down syndrome that can help families, from pre-natal diagnosis through adulthood.
Amazon offers a full selection of books on Down syndrome, from those offering a clinical perspective to those more focused on the journey. To find a book that might best match your own needs, I would recommend connecting with Morning Travelers.
North Andover offers a variety of sports programs for individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs.
- Challenger baseball in the spring serves players who are as young as 4 years old.
- Special Olympics Gymnastics offered through Legends Gymnastics offers a program for children who are age 8 and over.
- The Crusaders Basketball program is a winter program that meets at the North Andover youth center and has teams for elementary / middle school and high school.
- Swimming programs are offered in North Reading, Danvers and Haverhill through various organizations.
Several students with Down syndrome have participated in the North Andover Summer Fun program. Sleep-over camps also welcome students with Down syndrome.
- Camp Howe in Goshen, MA is recommended as one option. www.camphowe.com.
A local mother who is available to offer suggestions and connect families to resources is Sharon Randall. She can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org.