​​Siblings Group

Know 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's 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 od day vary so we can accomodate 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 Appreciation Down Syndrome), a national group based in

Indiana.  They get together approximately every month and plan outings to the Mallards and Brewers, and

other family activities.

All Family Events

MADSS hosts family events each year including pizza and movie nights, summer picnics,

bowl-a-thons, mini-golf and other events enabling families to connect and share with other families.

Kids' Playgroups

The all ages Playgroup is designed for parents who have children with Down syndrome

and their siblings. We hope to encourage social interaction between our little ones, and share

support and information about local resources between parents.


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 stephanie@madss.org

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.