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) 312-2030

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

Chad McKinley
(self-advocate)

Sharon Callaway
(self-advocate)

Jennifer Dykstra
(Son, Caleb)

Jonathan “Jay” Rivera
(Daughter, Madison)

Real Results. True Testimonials.

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August 2019

Crooners & Cocktails

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Skyline Country Club, 5200 E Saint Andrews Dr
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
$75.00

SANDS is proud to sponsor this event hosted by Congenital Heart Defect Families of Tucson.

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My Gym Northwest Play Group

August 30 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:15pm on day Last of the month, repeating until January 31, 2020

My Gym, 7942 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 87504 United States
FREE

For everyone with Down syndrome 10 years and younger. Come and play! Siblings welcome. Sponsored by SANDS.

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September 2019

Dream Night

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E Zoo Ct
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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FREE

This exclusive evening is for children with special health care needs, children with disabilities, their parents, and their siblings. It's a special night for these children and their families to experience their Zoo free of charge. Activities include: animal encounters, zoo keeper chats, arts and crafts, face painting and glitter tattoos, carousel rides, photo booth, and the café and gift shop. If you feel your family is part of the community Dream Night seeks to serve, Please RSVP at (520)…

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SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

September 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 10, 2024

Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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The board of directors for Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS) meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. The first 10 minutes of every meeting is open to the public. There is no board meeting in January. Each attendee is responsible for purchasing their own meal.

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2nd Annual Golf Tournament

September 15 @ 6:30 am - 1:00 pm
Onmi Tucson National Resort, 2727 W Club Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85742 United States
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$125 – $460

Please join us for the Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome's 2nd annual fundraiser! This year we are raising funds to not only fund our entire community's need with training, medical equipment, and physical education support, we are striving to help send families to the National Down Syndrome Society's Annual Adult Summit. This event it being held May 7-9, 2020 at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. This crucial conference offers classes to families to bring them the latest information on…

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Tucson Buddy Walk Committee Meeting

September 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until October 15, 2024

East Coast Super Subs, 187 N Park Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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The committee meets March to November, to plan every aspect of the Tucson Buddy Walk, from food to entertainment. Planning meetings are on the 3rd Monday of the month, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. We meet at East Coast Super Subs (187 N. Park Avenue). Please let us know if you'll be joining us so we can have an agenda and materials for you. If you have been out soliciting donations, please make sure to update the Google sheets document.…

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My Gym Northwest Play Group

September 27 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:15pm on day Last of the month, repeating until January 31, 2020

My Gym, 7942 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 87504 United States
FREE

For everyone with Down syndrome 10 years and younger. Come and play! Siblings welcome. Sponsored by SANDS.

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AZ Diamondbacks Down Syndrome Awareness Night

September 28 @ 5:10 pm - 9:00 pm
Chase Field, 401 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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$20 – $40

Be part of the D-backs Down Syndrome Awareness Night on September 28th as the D-backs take on division rival Padres. We will have a pre-game recognition for all families and friends through this special offer. Also, $5 from every ticket sold through this offer will be donated to SANDS! For any accessible seating, please contact Johanna Imperial at 602.462.4113 or [email protected]

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October 2019

Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tucson Arena, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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$43 – $162

In collaboration with Children's Museum Tucson, SANDS is hosting a family night on opening night, and a few lucky kids are going to meet a Disney character in person!

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Last day to purchase Buddy Walk T-Shirts!

October 11
$15.00
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