Life Enhancement Program

This family grant program supports individuals with Down syndrome in accessing resources to attain physical and mental wellness, developing life skills, participating in vocational or mentorship opportunities and addressing community inclusion.  The application can be downloaded below.



We regularly offer free seminars on various topics meant to address concerns in our community. Previous topics include: IEP seminars, Special Needs Trusts, Toileting, Positive Behavior Strategies. If you have any suggestions for future topics please email

Day with the Experts

This is a one day free conference held at the Waisman Center Auditorium to learn'life course' information about Down syndrome from experienced doctors, medical professionals, self-advocates, and family members. An open panel discussion with the experts is held at the end of the conference for attendees to ask questions, voice concerns, and to share experiences.

​​Siblings Group

Known as Sibshops, this group focuses on siblings of individuals with Down syndrome. Sibshops focus on the power of play, but also incorporation learning and discussion. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of someone with special needs is for some a good thing, for others a not-so good thing and many a something in between.

Teen Group

This group provides social events that encourage building of relationships with peers with Down syndrome, a peer-base support base for teens, and an environment where teens can have the time and support needed to work on communication skills with peers.

Moms Take 5

On the 5th day of each month, the MADSS moms get together to connect, share resources and have a good time!  Days of the week and time of day vary so we can accommodate everyone's schedule. Activities throughout the year have included getting together for dinner, meeting with a speaker, gathering for ice cream and some crafting.

Dads group

MADSS sponsors this local chapter of DADS (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome), a national group based in Indiana. The group plans outings and family activities. 

All Family Events

Family events are hosted throughout the year and include things like pizza parties, movie nights, summer picnics, bowling, mini-golf and other events that enable families to connect. 


The all ages Playgroup is designed for parents, children with Down syndrome and their siblings. The Playgroup encourages social interaction between children and parents share support and information about local resources.