Monthly Support Meetings


UPS for DownS provides monthly informational/educational meetings to help parents better establish themselves as advocates for their children. These meetings are facilitated by well known doctors, specialists, and other professionals in their respective fields. A sampling of meeting topics includes Estate Planning, Medical Issues, IEP / Educational Rights of people with Disabilities, and Navigating the Insurance Maze.

These meetings are generally held on a Tuesday evening during the month at Fox Run Golf Links Clubhouse, 333 Plum Grove Road, Elk Grove Village, IL. Attendance is free for the meeting.  Stipends are available to offset child care costs for parents who wish to attend and must pay a sitter. For more information about specific topics, refer to the monthly newsletter, check the online calendar or contact us at 847-895-2100 or

Can I help my Friend?

Yes! Play with and talk to people with Down syndrome. If they are having trouble playing a game, give them time and a little extra help or ask them what game they would like to play. Be clear in what you are saying. Find out what your friend likes to do. Just hang out together and see what happens. You are more alike than you are different.

Why does my friend with Down Syndrome act differently than other kids?

People with Down syndrome have difficulty with language and talking.  Many kids want to interact and play with their friends, but don't know how, are afraid they won't be understood, or afraid they will be told "no, you can't play". Some kids with Down syndrome get overwhelmed when too many things are going on at the same time.