Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS)

We are SANDS

SANDS seeks to inspire, educate and support individuals, families and communities living with Down syndrome throughout Southern Arizona.

SANDS pursues this goal by creating an open, supportive, and collaborative network connecting individuals and families with needed resources and information.

Our mission: To improve and enrich the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and to promote public awareness.

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What We're All About At SANDS

Our goals, missions, and objectives all work towards the advancement and enrichment of the lives of individuals with Down syndrome.

Our Mission

Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to being the primary source of information and support for individuals with Down syndrome in southern Arizona, working towards an improved quality of life and respect as valued members of society.
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Our Purpose

SANDS focuses its efforts on connecting individuals and their families with needed services and resources, advocating locally and nationally, and raising public awareness.  SANDS is volunteer driven and fully funded through donations, and local and national fundraising events.
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Community

SANDS seeks to inspire, educate and support families and communities living with Down syndrome throughout Southern Arizona.
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Have any questions? Call us now!

520-477-2929

Our Services

New Parent Services

SANDS strives to provide support to all of the families in Southern Arizona of loved ones with Down syndrome.
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Grants & Scholarships

Programs to provide a medium by which SANDS can give back some of the funds it raises directly to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
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Education Services

SANDS pushes to educate individuals, families, and communities about Down syndrome from preferred language to facts, and various publications.
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Local Support Groups

SANDS is committed to providing encouragement and support to families who have family members with Down syndrome through local support groups.
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Contact SANDS

Contact us today with any questions or comments you have.

Meet Our Dedicated Board of Directors

At-Large

Sharon Callaway
(self-advocate)

Karen Poppe
(nephew, Quinn)

Chad McKinley
(self-advocate)

Heidi LeBlanc
(son, Jack)

Jonathan “Jay” Rivera
(Daughter, Madison)

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September 2018

Kelly’s Hollywood

September 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Kelly’s Hollywood

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October 2018

Dreamnight at the Zoo

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is pleased to once again participate in the international event entitled Dreamnight at the Zoo (Friday, October 12, 2018 from 6pm – 9pm).  This event was started in 1996 by the Rotterdam Zoo and has since spread to zoos around the world.  The purpose of the event is to open our grounds to special needs children, or children who are chronically ill and provide them with an evening of fun away from the public eye. We…

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November 2018

Tucson Buddy Walk

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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