Local Support Groups Available

SANDS Community Connections Committee (SCCC) : This committee of SANDS seeks to provide social events for our community.  From seasonal family gatherings to community celebrations, SCCC is the social hub of our community.  Anyone can volunteer with the committee without the commitment of being a Board Member!  To volunteer or find out more about our events, contact us at (520) 312-2030, follow us on Facebook @sandscommunityconnections.

D.A.D.S. of Southern Arizona (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome) : This committee of SANDS provides a support group for our community’s fathers.  Their mission:  “To assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of individuals with Down syndrome”.  For more information, contact them at [email protected], follow us on Facebook @D.A.D.S.ofsouthernarizona.

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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

To improve and enrich the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and to promote public awareness through education and enlightenment.
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Our Purpose

Develop and/or bring new programs and services to benefit the Southern Arizona Down syndrome community.
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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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More Local Support Groups Available

Santa Cruz Parent Love Connection (SCPLC) :   The Santa Cruz Parent Love Connection is a parent run organization which strives to support individuals with Down syndrome as well as individuals with other Special Needs by promoting inclusion and Awareness in their community. For more information follow them on Facebook @Thesantacruzparentloveconnection or contact Maria Scholnick at [email protected]

Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona: Their Mission: We are committed to providing encouragement and support to families who have children with special needs. Available services include: peer to peer support, sibling support, information on disabilities, and advocacy training. All of their programs and services are offered free of charge without regard of the child’s disabilities, age, family income, qualifying conditions or other eligibility factors.  www.pilotparents.org

University of Arizona Down Syndrome Research Group: Based in the Psychology Department at the University of Arizona, we are a research group devoted to helping individuals with Down syndrome by studying the factors influencing their cognition and behavior.  Contact us at [email protected] and follow on Facebook @universityofarizonadownsyndromeresearchgroup.

Latino Parent Association of Southern Arizona.  For information contact Haide Lopez at [email protected]

How to start an ABLE account, www.able-now.com

A Practical Guide for Caregivers, www.ndss.org/about-down-sydrome/publications/