Your support is a gift to every child, every teen and every adult impacted by Down syndrome in Central Maryland. Your help is needed today. You can give each and everyone of them a real future filled with hope and opportunity.

Every year, Chesapeake Down Syndrome supports more than 2,200 individuals impacted by Down syndrome and their families in central Maryland. And each year, more babies are born and need your help. Your help today gives hope and opportunity to each and every one.

Where Your Support Goes:

  • Medical Outreach: ensures that all families with a Down syndrome diagnosis receive up-to-date, accurate information and support. Volunteers distribute information and give presentations to genetic counselors and doctors at hospitals around our area.

  • First Call program provides support and resources, and counseling in hospitals and home visits to new parents of babies with Down syndrome.

  • Welcome Socials, our social events connect new families with our community, foster relationships and build friendships.

  • Special Events, including our community-wide holiday party, our summertime pool party and the annual Buddy Walk, in which thousands of participants celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome and takes place in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

  • Young Buddies Club: a playgroup that helps families with young children regularly connect to each other. Activities include visits to local farms, hayrides in the fall and playdates in the park.

  • Big Buddies Club, a play and social group for kids with Down syndrome who are ages 5-9. Activities include therapeutic riding.

  • A Tween Club: regular activities for children with Down syndrome who are ages 10-14.

  • Adult Programming, fun activities for adults – organized by our own self advocates! Events include a Valentine’s Day dance, book club, socials and more.

  • Educational Programs: useful seminars for families and the annual Techniques for Success conference, which reaches more than 500 teachers in the Maryland area, which is cohosted by Frederick and Montgomery County Down Syndrome organizations. 

  • Parent Support and Outreach: Mom’s Night, Dad’s Night, Siblings events and regular support activities and events for parents of children with Down syndrome.

  • Financial Support for families with Down syndrome and a cancer diagnosis.

Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your donation. Your donation is deductible to the extent allowed by law.


We thank you for your support!