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Down Syndrome Guild Provides Resources to Families

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Caregiver with an adult man with down syndrome. | Image by eyecrave

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Down Syndrome is a prevalent disability in the United States, but not many people are educated about it. Most know that Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra chromosome. The human body typically has twenty-three sets of chromosomes. In people with Down syndrome, the twenty-first chromosome creates a copy of itself, causing the condition.

Many parents, new or otherwise, may be shocked and upset to hear the diagnosis of Down syndrome in their child. They may not know how to navigate it or what first steps to take.   

The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas is an organization located in Dallas, Texas. They aim to help educate families about Down syndrome and start them off right in their journey caring for a child with the disease.

When asked how they help families, the organization says, “The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas offers year-round programs for people with Down syndrome of all ages and their family members. Programs include the New and Expectant Parent program, [programs] for Spanish speaking families, social gatherings like picnics, holiday celebrations, and supper club, skill-building classes” and more.  

Their programs vary depending on what age the child with Down syndrome is. Their website lists a ‘new parents’ group, which caters to those with children ages zero to four, a ‘youth group,’ five to twelve, ‘teen program’ between thirteen to seventeen, and an ‘adult program’ for those over eighteen.

The New Parent program is aimed at parents who are encouraged to learn and attend meetings and seminars.

The youth program allows children with Down Syndrome to socialize with other children and allows the parents to meet and bond with other parents in the same situation as them.

The teen program encourages independence while still focusing on socializing.

Finally, the Adult program teaches adults how to have fun and function in society with friends and family.   

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