The Issue: Challenges for Parents of Kids with Down Syndrome
Parents of babies with Down syndrome face extra challenges, including additional medical treatments and lifestyle adjustments for the whole family. However, with early-intervention therapies, parents can help enhance their children’s speech, cognitive, and physical development. Support and information can both help parents cope with extra stresses and educate them on the steps they must take to help their children meet important developmental milestones.
The Campaign: Information Packages for New Parents
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Down Syndrome Network of Arizona can distribute new-parent resource packages to 10 expectant parents of babies with Down syndrome. Each additional $40 raised can fund another new-parent package for an expectant parent. Each new parent package contains a My Baby Can 18-month developmental milestone calendar, a calendar of local events for families, a hardcover copy of the book Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome, and the children's book Hi, I'm Ben.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Down Syndrome Network of Arizona
Down Syndrome Network of Arizona was founded a decade ago by a group of parents of children with Down syndrome, to help each other deal with the issues they were struggling with while raising their children. They decided to form an information network that would consolidate the available resources of special-needs organizations, recreation and alternative therapies, and legislative issues that would affect their lives. Through the network, parents can share their knowledge with each other, strengthening their personal-support systems, gaining a more comprehensive toolkit to help them handle challenges, and promoting an understanding of people with Down syndrome in their communities.