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


Sharon Callaway

Karen Poppe
(nephew, Quinn)

Chad McKinley

Heidi LeBlanc
(son, Jack)

Jonathan “Jay” Rivera
(Daughter, Madison)

Real Results. True Testimonials.

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October 2018

Behavior Matters! Inclusion Workshop

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 27, 2018 at 10:00am

Jewish Community Center, 3800 E River Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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This workshop is free, unless you want to register for Continued Education Credit, $22.03 per session.

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November 2018

Tucson Buddy Walk

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
DeMeester Bandshell at Reid Park, Country Club, between Broadway & 22nd
Tucson, AZ 85716
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Register your team for Tucson Buddy Walk at:

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March 2019

World Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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April 2019

Tuesdays for Tucson at La Cocina

April 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Cocina, 201 N Court Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
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Come join us for a restaurant percentage night at La Cocina!  10% of all food and drink purchases go directly to supporting the Down syndrome community in southern Arizona.  There will be a live band, and raffle items.

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