Chicagoland D.A.D.S.

Chicagoland DADS Appreciating Down Syndrome

The Chicago chapter of Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome is a support community group of fathers of children who have Down syndrome.

Our mission is to assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of individuals with Down syndrome.
Simple Goals:
  • Share our personal triumphs and challenges in a supportive setting
  • Enhance a fathers knowledge and resources about children and individual with Down syndrome
  • Heighten a family’s ability in coping with the unique challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome
  • Enhance personal advocacy skills
What Chicago DADS Does:

The cornerstone of the Chicago DADS group is our monthly meeting, which includes occasional speakers, the “business” of DADS, and group updates, but are secondary to the safe, enjoyable forum for sharing, bragging, learning and growing with other fathers who truly understand. We host parties, sporting events and other fun activities for fathers, their children and families to spend time together.

Chicago DADS also actively supports other Chicagoland special needs focused charities, support groups and events.

Latest Activity

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Eat Out 2 Help Out! at Village Tavern & Grill

November 6, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm
We are taking our show on the road for our next DADS Meet Up.  Due to a conflict with the NADS Fashion Show on Sunday, October 26th (the last Sunday of the month), we are going to bounce our meeting back to Thursday, November 6th. Again, note that this is not a Sunday.  It is a Thursday.  Which is different for us…but there is a good reason.We will be meeting at:Village Tavern & Grill                        291 South Schmale RoadCarol Stream, IL 60188 The Village Tavern in Carol Stream is…See More
Steve Connors liked Matthew Adamczyk's photo
Tom Delaney left a comment for Mark Vaughan
"Welcome to the group, Mark!"
Oct 9
Mark Vaughan is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Oct 9
Aaron Huston liked Matthew Adamczyk's photo
Oct 2
Aaron Huston posted events
Oct 2
Matthew Adamczyk posted a photo

DADS Golf September 2014

A great day on the links and tees for pros and duffers alike. Fellowship!
Sep 29
Tom Delaney left a comment for Ronald A Ballard
"Welcome to the group, Ronald!"
Sep 24
Ronald A Ballard posted a photo


Sleeps a lot! 4 weeks.
Sep 24
Ronald A Ballard is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Sep 24
Tim Sidlow is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Sep 14
Aaron Huston posted an event

DADS August Monthly Meet Up at Emmett's Ale House

August 24, 2014 from 3pm to 5pm
Holding a week early, due to Labor Day weekend...Tom will share with you what we’re looking to present at the D.A.D.S. Session at the September 13th N.A.D.S. Conference.  Always looking for feedback and suggestions.DADS 'monthly' meetup to socialize, share wins and challenges, hear about issues facing the Down syndrome community, and discuss volunteer and support opportunities for the group.We’re starting to have some conversations about how to shake things up within the group a bit (i.e.…See More
Aug 19
Matthew updated their profile
Aug 19
Aaron Huston posted an event

2014 NADS Conference: Dare to Dream at Donald E. Stephens Conference Center

September 13, 2014 from 8am to 4:30pm
2014 NADS Conference: Dare to Dream Conference Schedule:8:00-9:00 AMRegistration9:00–9:10 AMOpening Remarks Steve Connors, President Diane Urhausen, Executive Director9:10–10:25 AM“Leading a Purposeful Life” JJ Hanley, Founder & Director, and Associate Director, Ventures at Search, Inc. Mary Therese Simons, Self Advocate, Crew Member, Trader Joe’s Teddy Kremer, Self Advocate, Bat Boy for the Cincinnati…See More
Aug 1
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Jul 22
Aaron Huston posted an event

2014 Special Needs Screening Series presents... Planes: Fire & Rescue at Studio Movie Grill

July 26, 2014 from 11am to 1pm
Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Saturday, July 26th @ 11am Studio Movie Grill 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton Special needs children & their siblings are FREE. All other guests are $6/ticket. Tickets available at the box office only. Seating is limited on a first-come,…See More
Jul 15


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