Down Syndrome Connection
of Anne Arundel County 

an affiliate of the arc of the central chesapeake

Welcome and CONGRATULATIONS! 

At the heart of our organization are our outreach efforts geared towards new and expectant families. Upon receiving a Down syndrome diagnosis, we hope that your physician, midwife, or geneticist has referred you to our organization so that we may be here to support you every step of the way, because we too have been in your shoes and understand so much of what you are going through. We consider your family part of "our family" and are eager to offer non-judgmental support in any capacity that you may need us, respecting the fact that every individual processes a Down syndrome diagnosis differently. We will always wait for you to take the "next step," to reach out when you are ready to do so; the ball is always in your court. For those families who are open to meeting with our outreach coordinator, we have several layers of support offered to new families. This support includes, but is certainly not limited to, our new parent baskets which are full of resources, books, and gifts; new family socials, like our ice cream and pizza socials; and networking opportunities with new and already existing families so that you may ask questions, become involved in discussions, and truly become a part of our community. 


We are happy to meet with you or talk at any time, so please do not hesitate to reach out. It is our desire to give you HOPE along this journey and to show you what living this life, on a day-to-day basis, really looks like; for this is a life that is filled with so much happiness, laughter, love, and pure JOY. A term that resonates with many throughout our community is that those with Down syndrome are "more alike than different," a term that is absolutely true.


The National Down Syndrome Society (2018) said it best, "The most important thing to keep in mind is that a Down syndrome diagnosis is not as “life changing” as the fact that you have a new baby. And in most ways, your baby will be just like other infants. Every baby needs to be fed, held and most of all, loved. There will be challenges in raising your child, but there will also be many joys. It’s normal to be nervous about what lies ahead, but remember that Down syndrome is a condition your baby has, it is not who your baby is. Now is the time to begin learning all you can about Down syndrome and this section is a great place to start."


We welcome all new and expectant families with open arms and are so happy that you've found us here. Please use the form on the side of this page to contact us and our new parent liaison will be in touch soon. 


Helpful Websites:

National Down Syndrome Society

National Down Syndrome Congress

Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network 

Down Syndrome Information Alliance


Helpful New Parent Resources:

We highly encourage all new parents to print 2 copies of these Down syndrome specific healthcare guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. One copy for you to keep and the other for you to share with your pediatrician. The easy to follow guide will make your healthcare journey that much more manageable and will ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Anne Arundel County's Child Find Program is integral in helping to provide our families with early intervention services from birth through age five. This free program brought to you by the state of Maryland offers an evaluation to all of our families (Down syndrome is an automatic qualifier for services) and subsequent in-home therapies including, but not limited to, physical therapy, occupational, and speech therapy. We encourage all new families to reach out to child find as soon as their child is born so that they may schedule an in-home evaluation.  

 

Above Image Copyrighted @Kimberlin Gray Photography

Contact Us

Thank you for contacting us. We will reach out to you as soon as possible. If you have not heard from us within 48 hours, please do not hesitate to e-mail us directly at [email protected] Thank you!
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