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Support Events

Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome

Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.) is a support group for fathers of children with Down syndrome. D.A.D.S. recognizes that a father of a child with Down syndrome has a unique and distinctive role in raising that child and our mission is to support and assist that father in capitalizing on that uniqueness so they can better care for their child and their family as a whole. D.A.D.S. is currently scheduled to meet once a month at Shield's in Royal Oak. Please contact Kirk Anderson at (248-366-0870) for more information.

Baby Buddies and Playgroup

Baby Buddies and Playgroup is a support group for parents of children from newborn to six years old. We have a wonderful nursery where little ones can play while the older kids can go play in the gym. To purpose of this event is to provide parents with a chance to network while giving their children an opportunity to socialize with others. Ready to join us? Take a look at this year's Baby Buddies and Playgroup schedule or contact Paulette Duggins at (248-566-5341) for more information.

Mom's Night Out

Mom's Night Out is monthly event for mothers of children with Down syndrome. The purpose of this event is to provide moms with a forum to talk with other moms about their children's needs, school issues, health issues and most importantly, to have a well deserved break from the kids.

We meet once a month in a different and unique location each time. To find out about our next outing, please check out our calendar. If you have a suggestion for a meeting location, please contact Paulette Duggins (248- 556-5341).

Featured Monthly Guest Speakers

Every week, we update our RSS feed with new events and speakers. Refer to this list each Monday for upciming information and event dates. (The RSS feed is located in the right column of the Main Page)

Neighborhood Community Groups

Please click to see the Local Area Networks in your area.

Community Groups, which are led by parent volunteers and receive administrative support and funding from the DSG, provide educational and social opportunities for individuals and families. Our Community groups are a vital extension of the DSG because they enhance the services we provide and keep us informed of our members needs and desires with regards to programming and services.

Contact Paulette Duggins at 248-556-5341.

The benefits of our community groups include helping families by:

  • Providing a forum for discussion of common fears and concerns
  • Alleviating of feelings of isolation and helplessness
  • Providing valuable insights and advice
  • Building successful coping skills

The DSG recognizes our members benefit from opportunities to meet with one another in their immediate communities. In an effort to better serve our members, the DSG currently funds 18 community groups that are lead by dedicated parent volunteers. Groups customize their offerings based on the needs of their participants.

Baby Buddies: Contact Kym Reynolds (248-435-3537)

Families in Birmingham:
Contact Suzanne O'Leary (248-988-8464)

Families in Brighton, South Lyon, Milford, Howell or Dexter:
Contact Carrie Hanshaw (248-437-4449)

Families in Clarkston: Contact Elaine Maloney ( 248-922-9415) or Ruth Lyons (248-623-5950)

Families in Dearborn:
Contact Mary Mazur (313-608-7619)

Families in Detroit:
Contact Judy Ostroski (313-642-6555)

Families in Farmington or Farmington Hills:
Contact Terri Bresso

Families in Ferndale:
Contact Zena Neds-Fox (248-399-0838)

Families in Flushing:
Contact Teresa Cassidy (810-867-4422)

Families in Heartland or Highland:
Contact Laurie Leonard (248-889-5349)

Families in Holly:
Contact Sandra Holmes (248-634-7499)

Families in Livonia, Redford or Plymoth:
Contact Laurie Whell (248-473-0894)

Families in Macomb:
Contact Jorja Rapelje-Frank (586-530-6115)

Families in Rochester or Rochester Hills:
Contact Laurie Bogema (248-475-4340) or
Kathy Davis (248-656-4863)

Families in Royal Oak:
Contact Esther Clegg (248-543-5540)

Families Taylor or Surounding Areas
: Contact Sue Cameron (313-523-8200)

Families in Troy:
Contact Julie O'Donovan (248-648-5725)

Families in Walled Lake or Commerce Township:
Contact Annette Liike (248-624-3046)


If you are interested, we will be forming new groups dealing with the topics of:

  • Diversity
  • Adoption
  • Mosiac
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Celiac and other medical conditions

    Contact Paulette Duggins at (248-556-5341).


"No one understands the ups, downs and outs of raising a child with Down syndrome the way another parent of a child with Down syndrome does. It has been an invaluable support getting to know these families." - a DSG member