Find a Support Group
Whether you’re a new or expectant parent, a family of color, a sibling, father or grandparent of someone with Down syndrome, if you’re looking to connect with others in your shoes, the MDSC can help. We collaborate with more than 20 local support groups around the state.
The MDSC has begun bringing together more than two dozen leaders in the Down syndrome community from across the state for a Support Group Leader Retreat. The group shares experiences and strategizes how to advance our mutual goal of strengthening supports for people with the Down syndrome across the state.
African American Family Support Group (21 Shades)
Monthly calls and social events; Open to all family members. First Thursday 7-8 PM.
Autism Spectrum Disorder/Down Syndrome
Down Syndrome-Autism Connection
Charlotte Gray: 978-394-8416
Jeanne Doherty: 978-761-3950
Online chat group 2nd Monday evening of every month to network and share resources, and occasional get-togethers.
Brockton EI/BAMSI support group
Monthly Tuesday evening meetings; both informal get-togethers as well as outside speakers; children welcome at the informal meetings.
South Bay EI Support Group
Meets one Saturday per month, all ages and all family members welcome.
Special Health Care Needs
Parents of Children with DS
and Other Special Health Care Needs
Co-hosted with Boston Children's Hospital Down Syndrome Program. Meets quarterly in Waltham with a variety of guest speakers; child care provided.
Kim and James Newton
A group for folks on the Cape who have kids with Ds and other genetic and developmental quirks to get together, share information, have play dates and dinners, make plans and more!
Central MA Family Group
Meets every other month on a Saturday morning; families with children up to age 8; all family members welcome.
Down Syndrome Support Group
Meets monthly on the first Saturday of the month from 10 AM - noon.
Grandparents Support Group
Regional meetings for grandparents.
MA Parent to Parent: Navigating School Systems
Melanie Perkins McLaughlin
Informal personal and online environment where families can share resources and hopes for their child's education. Meetings every other month.
MDSC New Family Socials
Meets every month on a Saturday morning in Burlington; families with children up to age 4; all family members welcome.
Morning Travelers Play/Support Group
Informal play group meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
A nonprofit family and support group started by parents with the same interests in mind. Meets monthly through play dates, familiy activities, seminars and informational meetings.
South Shore Area
Braintree Support Group
Moms night out monthly; currently families have children 4-22.
South Shore Parents and Siblings of Adult Children with Special Needs
Host periodic dinner meetings to offer support and sharing.
Familias Latinas Unidas por el Sindrome de Down
Meets montly on the first Saturday of the month; all family members welcome; currently mostly families who have a teen or an adult.
Down Syndrome Resource Group of Western Mass.
Provides a variety of events for families with children of all ages.
Play Group for Families with Younger Children
The Down Syndrome Program Resource Group of Western MA invites families of younger children to come connect, share, learn and play. Meets every other month on a Saturday morning at Jericho in Holyoke.
OUT OF STATE:
Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island
Northern New England
Down Syndrome Congress (NNEDSC)
Southern Maine Down Syndrome Family Network
Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress
National Down Syndrome Congress
National Down Syndrome Society