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)

Victoria Garcia
(son, Nikolai)

Sharon Callaway
(self-advocate)

Kaitlin Hollywood
(daughter, Zoey)

Jonathan “Jay” Rivera
(Daughter, Madison)

Real Results. True Testimonials.

Announcements

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May 2020

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

May 11 @ 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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Teen & Adult Jazzercise Program!

May 13 @ 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 January 13, 2021

Jazzercise Tucson Central Fitness Center, 504 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705 United States
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FREE

Did you enjoy Jazzercise at the Tucson Buddy Walk?  This is a SANDS sponsored group fitness class, designed for all levels.  It is free to the first 15 teens and adults with Down syndrome who RVSP on the SANDS Facebook page, under EVENTS. In order for this class to be offered to the SANDS community, there must be a minimum of 5 participants each month.  So RSVP, and go have some fun!

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Tucson Buddy Walk Committee Meeting

May 18 @ 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

Panera Bread, 4821 E Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712 United States
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The committee meets April 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 Panera Bread (4821 E Grant Rd, at Swan). 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. Each…

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My Gym Northwest Play Group

May 22 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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One event on February 28, 2020 at 5:15pm

One event on March 27, 2020 at 5:15pm

One event on April 24, 2020 at 5:15pm

One event on May 22, 2020 at 5:15pm

One event on June 26, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on July 31, 2020 at 5:30pm

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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June 2020

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

June 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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.

Find out more »

Teen & Adult Jazzercise Program!

June 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until January 13, 2021

Jazzercise Tucson Central Fitness Center, 504 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705 United States
+ Google Map
FREE

Did you enjoy Jazzercise at the Tucson Buddy Walk?  This is a SANDS sponsored group fitness class, designed for all levels.  It is free to the first 15 teens and adults with Down syndrome who RVSP on the SANDS Facebook page, under EVENTS. In order for this class to be offered to the SANDS community, there must be a minimum of 5 participants each month.  So RSVP, and go have some fun!

Find out more »

Tucson Buddy Walk Committee Meeting

June 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until October 15, 2024

Panera Bread, 4821 E Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712 United States
+ Google Map

The committee meets April 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 Panera Bread (4821 E Grant Rd, at Swan). 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. Each…

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My Gym Northwest Play Group

June 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 23, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on February 23, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on February 23, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on February 23, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on February 28, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on March 27, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on April 24, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on May 22, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on June 26, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on July 31, 2020 at 5:30pm

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.

Find out more »

July 2020

Teen & Adult Jazzercise Program!

July 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until January 13, 2021

Jazzercise Tucson Central Fitness Center, 504 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705 United States
+ Google Map
FREE

Did you enjoy Jazzercise at the Tucson Buddy Walk?  This is a SANDS sponsored group fitness class, designed for all levels.  It is free to the first 15 teens and adults with Down syndrome who RVSP on the SANDS Facebook page, under EVENTS. In order for this class to be offered to the SANDS community, there must be a minimum of 5 participants each month.  So RSVP, and go have some fun!

Find out more »

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

July 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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