Community

Connecting with other families who have similar experiences can have a very positive impact on your family, and DSAMT has a vibrant community of families and friends who participate in our many events and connect for support and friendship.  Our events calendar has many opportunities available for families to enjoy.

Family Activities

Connecting families is an important part of of DSAMT's mission, and we hold multiple events throughout the year to bring families together to celebrate, network and fellowship.

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3.21

March 21st is recognized as World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (3.21), a day we celebrate everyone with a third copy of the 21st chromosome, or as we like to say, that "something extra."  DSAMT celebrates in many ways including an annual family/community event. Learn more.

Moms Group

The Moms Group provides support and friendship for moms of children and adults with Down syndrome. The group meets about every other month for Mom's Night Out gatherings at various locations throughout our service area. Moms from our County Friends of DSAMT groups also periodically organize family play group outings or other gatherings. 

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Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome

Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome is an organization of fathers of children with Down syndrome. Their mission is to assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of children with Down syndrome.  

For more information about D.A.D.S., contact Will Vaughn at dads@somethingextra.org or call DSAMT at 615.386.9002. You can also join the DSAMT D.A.D.S. Facebook Group.

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Grandparents Support Group

The Grandparent Support Group meets periodically to encourage and strengthen each other, by striving to increase knowledge, understanding and hope about Down syndrome. Any grandparent impacted by Down syndrome is encouraged to join this group to learn more about improving the lives of everyone within their family impacted by Down syndrome. For more information, call DSAMT at 615.386.9002.

You can join the Middle TN Grandparents of Children with DS through their Facebook Group.

Community Groups Initiative

DSAMT's Community Support Groups Initiative seeks to establish parent-led support in Middle Tennessee counties. Locally-led Groups are currently available in DeKalb/Smith, Maury/Williamson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson and Counties. Community Support groups offer opportunities for Middle Tennessee families outside of the Nashville area to connect with their neighbors and hold community events closer to home.

Each group has 1-2 parent leaders who help DSAMT keep a pulse on the needs of our community, serve as the group Facebook administrator and assist with organizing community activities.  

If you are interested in learning more about the Community Groups, including how to establish a group in your home county, contact Alecia Talbott at alecia@somethingextra.org.

Siblings Group for Siblings

Siblings can be a tremendous source of strength for a child or adult with Down syndrome, but they can also have some unique needs of their own that may arise from the stress of having a sibling with special needs.  DSAMT seeks to support our siblings in a variety of ways.  They can also join the DSAMT Siblings Facebook group.

Amigos de DSAMT

Amigos de DSAMT brinda apoyo y amistad a nuestros padres hispanohablantes de niños con síndrome de Down. También puede unirse al grupo de Facebook de Amigos de DSAMT.

Amigos de DSAMT provides support and friendship for our Spanish-speaking parents of children with Down syndrome.  You can also join Amigos de DSAMT Facebook group.

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