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National Association for Down Syndrome


Description:

NADS is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It was founded in Chicago in 1961 by parents who chose to go against medical advice and raise their children with Down syndrome at home.

From their website:

"Our mission is to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of community life. We offer information, support, and advocacy.

The direct support we provide to families through our Parent Support Program, our Mentoring Program, the Work Experience Program, and other individualized services is at the core of our mission, but we do not have the staff or the resources to provide those services outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. However, many of our other services are available to a wider community, including our conferences, our products and publications, our website and online Discussion Forum, and the information about Down syndrome we provide. Our members can be found throughout the United States—and across the globe.

Our programs include:

■Parent Workshops
■Parent Support Program
■Medical In-Service Programs
■Medical & Psychosocial services
■Outreach to Spanish-Speaking Families
■Mentoring Program
■Family Retreat
■Parent-to-Parent Network
■Conferences & Seminars
■Public Awareness Program
■Web Discussion Forums
■Newsletter
■Resource Referrals


NEW PARENT WEBSITE LINKS:

Parent Workshops
Parent Support Program
Publications
Expectant Parents
Parents' Stories
Birth Announcements
Photo Gallery [coming soon!]
Breastfeeding
Growth Charts
Health Care Guidelines
Early Intervention
Support for Families
Medical Challenges
Websites
Other Resources
Support in Spanish


PRODUCTS AND PUBLICATIONS:

■A Baby First
■NADS News
Videos/DVDs
■Talents that Inspire DVD
■Aerobics Video
Other Publications
■Bookmarks
■Special Delivery folders



HUMAN INTEREST STORIES:

Parents Share Their Birth Stories
A Birth Story by Nancy
Joy by Jackie
Michelle by Gail
An Unplanned Journey by Rebecca
Daily Celebrations by Dawn Duesler
“Olympic Dreams,” by Chris and Melinda Stanton
“Assistant Choir Director”
“A Father’s Story—One Family’s Experience,” by Tom Benco
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” by Erika Kissel
“On the Job”
“Our Daughter Regan,” by Anne Reinertson
“The Ring God,” by Glen Marks
“Kevin”
“Mat’s World,” by Judy Peters
“Triplets”
Working
Two Well Employed Adults Get Good Press [NADS News - July 2006]
A Jack of All Trades [NADS News - May 2006]
Teen Entrepreneur [NADS News - May 2005]
Doing the Right Thing [NADS News - March 2005]
Who stops grocery clerk abuse?

EDUCATION

Getting Ready for a College Experience [NADS News - Sept. 2005]

OTHER ARTICLES

The Bus Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore [NADS News - Jan. 2005]
Pizza and a Movie [NADS News - Jan. 2004]"

There is also a web page and resources for parents of teens and adults with Down Syndrome

The above information was taken from: http://www.nads.org/pages_new/about.html



Contact Info:
Organization:National Association for Down Syndrome [NADS]
Address:1460 Renaissance Drive
Suite #405
Park Ridge, IL 60068
  
Phone:630-325-9112
E-mail:info@nads.org
  

Web Links

www.nads.org/pages_new/about.html
About NADS

www.nads.org/pages_new/about.html
NADS home page


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