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

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
Alex Silverman is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Mar 2
Aaron Huston liked Steve Connors's photo
Feb 23
Steve Connors posted a photo

Avery Cheering

Avery Connors Cheering for the Naperville North High School Huskies.
Feb 19
Steve Connors liked Aaron Huston's photo
Feb 19
Aaron Huston posted a photo
Feb 15
Aaron Huston posted an event

DADS February Monthly Meet Up at Emmett's Ale House

February 22, 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
Feb 12
Aaron Huston posted an event

ELSA Transition Fair: Navigating life after high school at Frick Center, Elmhurst College

February 25, 2015 from 6pm to 8:45pm
The ELSA Transition Fair is designed for students with disabilities and their families to learn about programs and services available to them as they consider their plan for transitioning from high school to post-secondary education. The goal of the TransitionFair is to assist students with reaching their  post-secondary goals.At this event, attendees can meet with over 20 serviceproviders from the special education community, including the Ray Graham Association, Rubin Law, Family Benefit…See More
Feb 11
Aaron Huston posted a photo

Pinewood Derby Winner!

Cody did quite well for his first Cub Scouts pinewood derby... he won!
Jan 30
Aaron Huston posted an event

2015 NADS Annual Bowlathon! at STARDUST BOWL

March 8, 2015 from 11am to 3pm
Come join us in supporting our 30th Annual Bowl-A-Thon. This major fundraising event supports NADS programs for children and adults with Down syndrome. We encourage all NADS members to help make this year’s event a huge success. All are welcome!Before the Bowl-A-ThonEach individual bowler must register by February 20, 2015. Register online at or…See More
Jan 23
Michael Jones is now a member of Chicagoland D.A.D.S.
Jan 23



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