SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
First Call - Parent Support Network
DSAMT's First Call New Parent Support Network welcomes new parents or caregivers who have recently received a diagnosis of Down syndrome for their newly born or expected child. New parents may have many questions ranging from what the future holds to what their child's immediate needs are, and trained Parent Representatives reach out and provide support wherever needed, whether at the hospital or other location. Thanks to a special program of the Music City Quilt Guild, Nashville, TN, new parents are presented with a handmade quilt at the birth of a child with DS.
If you are a new or expecting parent, and would like to be contacted by a parent contact, please call Alecia Talbott at 615-386-9002 or 615-881-4261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DSAMT can match you with a family in your area who can provide support. We would also like to meet you to introduce you to our organization and our services.
If you are interested in becoming a parent support volunteer, and would like to participate in a training session, contact DSAMT.
Click here to view a video about DSAMT's First Call Program.
Click here to read an article recently published in Nashville Parent Magazine.
The Moms Group provides support and friendship for new moms of children with Down syndrome. The group meets for Mom's Night Out gatherings at various locations in the greater Nashville area. Moms also organize family play group outings at area parks on weekends.
Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome
Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome is an organization of fathers of children who happen to have Down syndrome. Their mission is to assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of children with Down syndrome. The group hesitates to be called a support group, and prefers to think of D.A.D.S. as an action group. You won't find D.A.D.S. in a church basement drinking warm coffee and whining about having children with Down syndrome. You'll find them out in the community --coaching sports teams, participating in their children's IEP meetings or volunteering at school functions. D.A.D.S. invites speakers to discuss medical, educational and financial issues that affect children's lives. Most importantly, members share stories and experiences that are unique to fathers of children with Down syndrome.
The group has periodic organized family outings and monthly fellowship meetings at an area restaurant. Any father or caretaker of a child or adult with Down syndrome is encouraged to attend. As the group motto says, If you have a child with Down syndrome, you're already a member!
For more information about D.A.D.S., contact Bob Brunner at email@example.com or call DSAMT at 615.386.9002.
Grandparents Support Group
The Grandparent Support Group meets periodically to encourage and strengthen each other, by striving to increase knowledge, understanding and hope about Down syndrome. Members share new information, ideas and advice to become better advocates to their grandchildren and children.
Meetings consist of group discussions - giving grandparents the opportunity to share personal experiences and get answers to their many questions. Meetings also include guest speakers who can provide information on a wide variety of topics relating to Down syndrome.
Objectives are to provide current information on Down syndrome (i.e., trust options, financial support) and to familiarize members with education programs, community services and organizations available to grandchildren in order to offer support to the family. Any grandparent impacted by Down syndrome is encouraged to join this group to learn more about improving the lives of everyone within their family impacted by Down syndrome.
For more information, call DSAMT at 615.386.9002.
Community Groups Initiative
DSAMT's Community Support Groups Initiative seeks to establish parent-led support in Middle Tennessee counties. Locally-led Down Syndrome Support Groups are currently available in Montgomery, Wilson, Rutherford, and Sumner Counties. Community Support groups offer opportunities for Middle Tennessee families outside of the Nashville area to connect with their neighbors and hold community events closer to home.
If you are interested in learning more about the Community Groups, including how to establish a group in your home county, contact Alecia Talbott at firstname.lastname@example.org.