Silcon Valley Down Syndrome NetworkSilcon Valley Down Syndrome Network
Our purpose is to celebrate and support one another through the joys and challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome. We come together to build a better future for our children by breaking down stereotypes and raising awareness of all they can d... Read more
Our purpose is to celebrate and support one another through the joys and challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome. We come together to build a better future for our children by breaking down stereotypes and raising awareness of all they can do.
The Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network focuses efforts on:
Supporting families when they first receive a diagnosis of Down syndrome
Building community to support and learn from one another's experiences in raising a child with Down syndrome
Raising awareness within our local communities to increase acceptance for individuals with Down syndrome
Serving our families through educational programs, seminars, and resources to improve quality of life
Sponsoring events for our self-advocates
The Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network (SVDSN) is a group of families with children born with Down syndrome. We come from all walks of life, and our common goal is to provide a community of support for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
All of SVDSN's events and activities are organized by volunteers from the group. The group has monthly family dinners and organizes the Bay Area Buddy Walk every October. Buddy Walk funds support the group's programs and events throughout the year. These events include family outings and sporting events, outreach to show our support for the local research community, and speakers for family education. The coming year promises even more fun with tween/teen dances and activities, "Art and Music Mornings" for the younger set, and added educational activities for families. We will also focus on a larger outreach effort to support families when they first receive diagnosis.
This is a really fun experience and a great way to participate with kids with disabilities. There are lots of different types of volunteer opportunities. It's a really fun event--very up-beat and so many great kids to be with.
I volunteer at the 2011 Buddy Walk and met a lot of great families and people. It's obvious this is an outstanding organization.
Volunteering was a bit disappointing on the other hand. Overall disorganized. I think I was moved to about 4 different stations to help at, meanwhile there were many volunteers (mainly teens) who stood around and did absolutely nothing. Then we helped with the clean-up and again, many teens doing nothing. I was not feeling well and worked my tail off as did others, and eventually my fiance and I just walked away and left.
Allthough I am sure this organization does wonderful things for individuals with down syndrome, I signed up to volunteer for the "buddy Walk" that was supposed to occur next month, but I never recieved a response back. It could very well just be that they never recieved my email, im not sure, so I couldn't really recommend or not recommend them. I would say if this is something you are interested in and have a passion for, then try volunteering with them anyway.