Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.) is a national organization whose mission is to assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of individuals with Down syndrome.

What is D.A.D.S.?

dads-south-texas-logo-webDads Appreciating Down Syndrome, or D.A.D.S., is a group of fathers of children who happen to have Down syndrome. We hesitate to call our organization a "support group", even though we do, in many ways, support each other.

The 3 foundational pillars of D.A.D.S. are Support, Action and Fellowship. You won't find us in a church basement drinking warm coffee and whining about having children with Down syndrome. Instead, you'll find us out in the community coaching our kids' sports teams, participating in our children's IEPs, volunteering at local Down syndrome fund-raising events, and even sponsoring fund-raising events of our own.

The cornerstone of D.A.D.S. groups is the monthly meeting where members come together to share insights and experiences. Face it: there are certain responsibilities that generally fall on the shoulders of the father. Having a child with special needs often affects how we approach those responsibilities.

We invite expert speakers to discuss medical, educational, financial, social, and any other issues that affect our children's lives. And of course, we share stories and experiences that are unique to fathers of children with Down syndrome.

The Down Syndrome Association of South Texas' D.A.D.S. Chapter meets quarterly at a variety of locations. Please RSVP for each event to Joseph Lopez at or 210.349.4372.

Our brochure provides additional information about the South Texas D.A.D.S. Chapter.

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D.A.D.S. Meet N' Greet - Friday, May 19 at 6 p.m.

All dads of a child with Down syndrome are invited to a Meet N' Greet Friday, May 19th at 6 p.m. at the Maggie Hartman Community & Education Center, 1127 Patricia. Fathers are a necessary part of the call to action to provide support, share resources, and build community. Register here

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