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.

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DADS July Meet Up: GOLF! at Twin Lakes Golf Club

July 26, 2015 from 3pm to 5:30pm
Change of plans for this month’s DADS gathering. Rather than doing our usual meet up at Emmett’s, let’s get outside and knock the little white ball around.  We’ve made tee-times at Twin Lakes Golf Club in Westmont, IL starting at 3:00 pm this coming Sunday, July 26th. Twin Lakes is a little 9 hole Par 3 course that is perfect for our group.  It’s short and manageable for all skill levels.  It isn’t a death march for unskilled golfers and it only takes about one hour to play.  A group of us did…See More
Jul 21
Aaron Huston posted a discussion

Great press bringing more awareness about DADS, in the Daily Herald!

Check out the news article on DADS from the Daily Herald!'re hoping some more dads learn about our group from reading this...See More
Jul 16
Aaron Huston left a comment for Brian Stock
"Welcome to the group, Brian! Hope to meet you in person soon, at a monthly meet-up or the DADS BBQ in August (details forthcoming)."
Jul 15
Brian Stock is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Jul 15
Steve Connors left a comment for Paul Flinkow
"Welcome to the group Paul - hope to meet you in person soon. Thanks"
Jul 8
Paul Flinkow is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Jul 7
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Jul 1
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Jun 30
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DADS June Monthly Meet Up at Emmett's Ale House

June 28, 2015 from 3pm to 5:30pm
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.See More
Jun 24
Tom Delaney posted a status
"We have a few golfers in the group. Let's get out soon!"
Apr 23
Jeff Schwede posted a status
"Any golfers out there getting ready for spring ?"
Mar 19
Jeff Schwede posted a photo
Mar 19
Jeff Schwede is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Mar 19
Tom Delaney left a comment for Alex Silverman
"Welcome to the group, Alex!"
Mar 11
Aaron Huston left a comment for Alex Silverman
"Welcome to the D.A.D.S. group, Alex!"
Mar 2


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