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)

Jonathan “Jay” Rivera
(Daughter, Madison)

Real Results. True Testimonials.

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December 2019

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

December 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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January 2020

My Gym Northwest Play Group

January 24, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
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One event on February 28, 2020 at 5:15pm

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

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

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February 2020

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

February 10, 2020 @ 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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March 2020

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

March 9, 2020 @ 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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Tucson Buddy Walk Committee Meeting

March 16, 2020 @ 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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April 2020

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

April 13, 2020 @ 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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Tucson Buddy Walk Committee Meeting

April 20, 2020 @ 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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Tuesdays for Tucson at La Cocina

April 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Cocina, 201 N Court Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
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Please join us for our favorite restaurant fundraiser. A relaxing dinner in their open-air restaurant, with a percentage of all food and drink sales going directly to SANDS. A win-win! Each attendee is responsible for paying for their own meal.

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May 2020

NDSS Down Syndrome Adult Summit

May 7, 2020 - May 9, 2020
The Phoenician, 6000 E Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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$200.00

Event is open to all individuals who play any role in the life of individuals with Down syndrome with a specific focus on caregivers, family members, professionals, and individuals with Down syndrome. Grant application at www.sandsaz.org. 3rd NDSS Adult Summit will cover important and critical topics for all adults with Down syndrome and ID/DD. Speakers and topics will align with NDSS’ robust, comprehensive programs and pillars – including healthcare & research, inclusive education, community integration, economic self-sufficiency, aging-related health issues,…

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SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

May 11, 2020 @ 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
+ Google Map

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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