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

Aaron Huston posted photos
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
Steve Connors left a comment for Dennis W Mellen
"Welcome to the group Dennis - thanks for joining."
Jul 12
Dennis W Mellen is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Jul 12
Aaron Huston posted an event

DADS 2014 SUMMER BBQ at Steve Connors House

July 27, 2014 from 12pm to 6pm
Join us for the DADS annual BBQ - Please join us for the Chicagoland DADS annual BBQ for dads and all of their kids.  Moms are certainly welcome as well.The backyard play area is fenced in to limit wanderingPlease forward this invitation to any dads not listed hereEverything will be provided – YOU DO NOT NEED TO ANYTHING –However, we will collecting donations to fund our website!See More
Jul 11
Aaron Huston left a comment for John Kilner
"Welcome to the group, John!"
Jul 11
John Kilner is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Jul 11
Aaron Huston posted an event

DADS June Monthly Meet Up at Emmett's Ale House

June 29, 2014 from 3pm to 5pm
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. different times and days of the week to meet, location of meetings, becoming more active with specific organizations, providing more informative content to our meetings, etc.).  Come with your thoughts and…See More
Jun 23
Aaron Huston left a comment for saleh ahmad
"Welcome, Saleh!"
Jun 18
saleh ahmad is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Jun 18
Tom Delaney left a comment for Leon Blair
"Welcome to the group, Leon!"
May 30
Aaron Huston left a comment for Leon Blair
"Welcome to the group, Leon! Regards,Aaron"
May 29
Leon Blair is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
May 29
Matthew Adamczyk posted a status
"I wish I saw this earlier - but in case YOU didn't see it... . A video of Pharell's "Happy""
May 12
Aaron Huston posted events
May 12
Aaron Huston updated an event

Special Family Night! at St Charles, IL

June 5, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm
A Free Event for Families of Kids with Special Needs. Join us for Free Carnival Rides, Food/Refreshments, Giveaways and a Sponosorship Village of Local Businesses and Service Providers. Click the Link to learn more, to print the Pre-Registration form for your family, or to submit your contact info to volunteer! Questions? Please feel free to message or contact me directly. Taylor - 630-940-5868.…See More
May 8


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