Connecting with other families who have similar experiences can have a very positive impact on your family, and DSAMT has a vibrant community of families and friends who participate in our many events and connect for support and friendship. Our events calendar has many opportunities available for families to enjoy.
Connecting families is an important part of of DSAMT's mission, and we hold multiple events throughout the year to bring families together to celebrate, network and fellowship.
March 21st is recognized as World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (3.21), a day we celebrate everyone with a third copy of the 21st chromosome, or as we like to say, that "something extra." DSAMT celebrates in many ways including an annual family/community event. Learn more.
The Moms Group provides support and friendship for moms of children and adults with Down syndrome. The group meets about every other month for Mom's Night Out gatherings at various locations throughout our service area. Moms from our County Friends of DSAMT groups also periodically organize family play group outings or other gatherings.
Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome is an organization of fathers of children with Down syndrome. Their mission is to assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of children with Down syndrome.
You can also join the DSAMT D.A.D.S. Facebook Group and the D.A.D.S Community group in our app!
G.O.A.T. means "Greatest of All Time" - and best represents our parents of adults with Down syndrome! DSAMT supports caregivers throughout the lifecycle and in many ways - from social get-togethers for networking and support to education and more. You can also join the Facebook DSAMT G.O.A.T.S group.
The Grandparent Support Group meets periodically to encourage and strengthen each other, by striving to increase knowledge, understanding and hope about Down syndrome. Any grandparent impacted by Down syndrome is encouraged to join this group to learn more about improving the lives of everyone within their family.
You can join the Middle TN Grandparents of Children with DS through their Facebook Group.
DSAMT's Community Support Groups Initiative are parent-led support groups. These locally-led groups are currently available in Rutherford, Wilson, Putnam/White/Overton, Maury, Sumner, and Dickson Counties and offer opportunities for Middle Tennessee families outside of the Nashville area to connect with their neighbors.
If you are interested in learning more, including how to establish a group in your home county, contact Tammy Crawford at Tammy@somethingextra.org
Siblings can be a tremendous source of strength for all individuals with Down syndrome, but they can also have some unique needs that may arise from the stress of having a sibling with special needs. DSAMT seeks to support our siblings in a variety of ways.
Siblings are encouraged to join the DSAMT Siblings Facebook group.
Dual Exraordinnaire is DSAMT's support group for caregivers/parents of children/adults with both Down syndrome and autism. The group is intended to support families who experience the unique challenges and celebrate the good times and friendships together. Join the Facebook group.
Amigos de DSAMT brinda apoyo y amistad a nuestros padres hispanohablantes de niños con síndrome de Down. También puede unirse al grupo de Facebook de Amigos de DSAMT.
Amigos de DSAMT provides support and friendship for our Spanish-speaking parents of children with Down syndrome. You can also join Amigos de DSAMT Facebook group.