Our mission is simple... to assist and support, through
fellowship and action, the fathers and families of
individuals with Down Syndrome
3nd Annual RUM BALL
D.A.D.S. Party for a Purpose. Enjoy Food, Drinks, Entertainment & Many Raffle prizes including a trip to the Caribbean!
$40.00 per person and all proceeds go to influence the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome. Email us for Tickets
- When: Friday, July 26, 2013 (7:00pm until 10:00pm)
Winter Park Civic Center
1050 W Morse Blvd Winter Park, FL 32789 (Map)
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is a not-for-profit association, founded in 1991, by parents of children with Down syndrome. It has grown from a few families to over 9,000 individuals, families and supporters. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors (more than 50% have a family member with Down syndrome.) We serve more than 850 families in the 7-county area in and around Orlando. More Info
- 03/19/2013 Tuesday - DADS vs XL106.7 Basketball game - College Park Baptist Church
- 03/21/2013 Thursday - World Down Syndrome Day Friday 3/29 - DSACF Monthly Meeting @ Calvary.
- 04/03/2013 Wednesdays - 4/24 - Down With Improv Classes
View Photos from our Basketball Game
Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome, or D.A.D.S., is an organization of fathers of children who happen to have Down syndrome. We hesitate to call our self a “support group”, even though we do, in many ways, support each other. We prefer to think of D.A.D.S. as an “action group.” You won’t find us in a church basement drinking warm coffee and whining about having children with Down syndrome. Instead, you’ll find us out in the community coaching our kid’s sports teams, participating in our children’s IEPs, volunteering at local Down syndrome fundraising events, and even sponsoring fundraising events of our own.
We host regular meetings where our members come together to share insights and experiences. Face it: there are certain responsibilities that generally fall on the shoulders of the father. Having a child with special needs often affects how we approach those responsibilities. We invite expert speakers to discuss medical, educational, financial, social, and many other issues that affect our children’s lives. And of course, we share stories and experiences that are unique to fathers of children with Down syndrome. Your colleagues at the office may not understand your excitement when your 5 yr old makes “poopie” on the toilet for the first time, but other D.A.D.S. will, because we’ve all been there.