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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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


Chad McKinley

Sharon Callaway

Jonathan “Jay” Rivera
(Daughter, Madison)

Real Results. True Testimonials.

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September 2019

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
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SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

October 14 @ 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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IEP Workshop, hosted by The Autism Society of S AZ

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Intermountain Academy, 1100 West Fresno St
Tucson, AZ 85745 United States
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Join our self-advocate and professional experts to understand the IEP process that will set your child up for school success. Community Experts: Kathy Gray-Mangerson, MBA, Family Support Specialist, Raising Special Kids Howard Zlamal, Self-Advocate, Special Education Teacher at Sunnyside High School Kyle K. Lininger, MPA, Licensed Behavioral Analyst, Divisional Director of Intermountain Services, CDC Arizona Act Early Ambassador

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Celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Join SANDS for a scavenger hunt to celebrate Ds Awareness Month. We're hosting a private party at a working urban farm built by and for the youth in the Tucson community. Attendees will cycle through the “stations” of the farm, where they get their hands in the soil doing fun farm chores while learning about food production and the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, growing healthy soil, caring for chickens, composting, vermiculture (worm farming), nutrition, pollination, etc., TVF is…

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Tucson Buddy Walk Committee Meeting

October 21 @ 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

October 25 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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One event on September 13, 2019 at 5:15pm

One event on October 25, 2019 at 5:15pm

One event on November 22, 2019 at 5:15pm

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

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

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Light the Night Walk

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Park Place Mall, 5870 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711 United States
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SANDS is a proud sponsor of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk, which funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it's all happening now. Not someday, but today. Each year friends, families and coworkers form teams to raise money in support of our mission.

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Last Day to Submit a Give It Back! Application

October 31

All Give it Back! (GIB!) applications must be received by today, in order to be considered for a 2019 grant. The committee will not meet to vote after the November board meeting, and no funds will be granted in December.

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