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
  • HAVE FUN!
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

Tom Delaney posted a status
"Welcome to the group, David!"
Jan 27
David Francis is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Jan 13
Jerry Davich posted a blog post

Chicago Parent magazine story

Hello,My name is Jerry Davich. I am a writer for Chicago Parent magazine. I apologize for an introduction here, but I could not find another way to do this on your site.   I’m wondering if this group may be able to connect with me a father or two for a story I’m writing on a father’s role in raising children with special needs and, more to the point, their unique challenges of acceptance, especially early on.Please let me know if someone can offer assistance for this story, or connect me with a…See More
Jan 9
Jerry Davich posted a discussion

Input sought for Chicago Parent magazine story

Hello,My name is Jerry Davich. I am a writer for Chicago Parent magazine. I apologize for an introduction here, but I could not find another way to do this on your site.   I’m wondering if this group may be able to connect with me a father or two for a story I’m writing on a father’s role in raising children with special needs and, more to the point, their unique challenges of acceptance, especially early on.Please let me know if someone can offer assistance for this story, or connect me with a…See More
Jan 9
Jerry Davich is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Jan 9
Aaron Huston posted a discussion

529 Plans Open Doors to Disabled From Any State - WSJ Article

Good read. Great to hear we can create a plan in other states that have initiated their Able account programs and won't have to wait for dysfunctional Illinois to finally getting around to this...I've attached a PDF copy of the article, in case you don't have access to WSJ.com.Similar to college-savings plans, ABLE accounts to offer investment without restriction to home state’s plan…See More
Jan 9
Patrick Lally commented on Aaron Huston's event DADS January Monthly Meet Up
"I have some kid sporting events to hit....but I will do my best to be there if only for an hour"
Jan 7
Patrick Lally might attend Aaron Huston's event
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DADS January Monthly Meet Up at Emmett's Ale House

January 31, 2016 from 3pm to 5:30pm
Happy new year! Come join us!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
Jan 7
Patrick Lally liked Aaron Huston's event DADS January Monthly Meet Up
Jan 7
Aaron Huston posted events
Jan 5
Mike Redmond is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Dec 15, 2015
Patrick Lally posted a discussion

Reality Show Series about DS just aired on A&E

A reality show series about DS just aired on A&E.   My wife and I just watched the first episode, if you have a chance check it out.Here is a article on show:https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/television/2015/12/08/born-this-way-reality-look-down-syndrome/RtSctGV2eWKPJnEXXqT76J/story.htmlSee More
Dec 9, 2015
Patrick Lally posted a status
"Thanks Guys! Saturday was outstanding...my wife was sad she had to miss. Looking forward to the January meeting...All the best!"
Dec 8, 2015
Tom Delaney left a comment for Patrick Lally
"Welcome to the group!  Thanks for signing up."
Dec 7, 2015
Aaron Huston posted photos
Dec 7, 2015
Aaron Huston left a comment for Patrick Lally
"Welcome, Patrick! It was nice meeting you Saturday night... Look forward to seeing you at our next DADS monthly meet-up, in January."
Dec 7, 2015
 
 
 

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