Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Support for Individuals with Down Syndrome

01/27/2016 | Published by: Stephania WIlliams

Down syndrome occurs in one out of 700-800 births. It is the most common genetic disorder and cause of mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. Down syndrome can also cause birth defects or medical problems. People with Down syndrome may have or develop vision problems, hearing loss, heart defects and other medical issues.   

It is important to remember that Down syndrome affects each person differently. Talents, abilities and pace of development will be different, too. Looking for resources to support the dreams and interests of your loved one with Down syndrome? Check out Ruby’s Rainbow where they’re rockin’ that extra chromosome! Ruby’s Rainbow grants scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are interested in post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes. Be sure to check out their blog, too!

Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network (HOTDSN) was formed in 2011 to provide support and information about Down syndrome for parents, family members and professionals. Their Yahoo group is a place you can provide support to others, ask questions and gain information. You can sign up to receive their newsletter on their website. HOTDSN’s website offers information about Down syndrome, upcoming events and a resource list. They also offer resource information about important topics such as vision, breastfeeding, special education and more.

HOTDSN holds meetings every other month. Some meetings are just a fun event for families with food and friendship. Others are informative events. Email or call them at 254-230-9782 to learn more. You can locate more resources for your child on our Find Services, Groups and Events page.