Supporting Central Mississippians with Down syndrome through programming
CMDSS is a parent-driven non-profit organization that provides support services for parents of children with Down syndrome and promotes awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome.
CMDSS programs support more than 350 families in the Central Mississippi area.
Annual Buddy Walk / 5K Run
Held annually during October in celebration of National Down Syndrome Awareness month, the Buddy Walk attracts more than 1000 walkers and is CMDSS’s biggest awareness event and fundraiser, helping to support CMDSS programs.
Award-Winning New Parent Guide
A full-color guide jam-packed with information to help any new parent get started whether they receive a prenatal diagnosis or at birth. It includes the answers to many immediate questions, parent testimonials, and Central Mississippi resource information.
New Parent Support
Includes home/hospital visits and phone support from CMDSS families with similar experiences.
New Parent Dinners
Hosted by CMDSS periodically to provide new parents the opportunity to get to know each other, share information, and provide emotional support to one another.
Moms’ & Dads’ Night Out
These social nights allow parents the opportunity to establish relationships and share ideas with other parents in a casual setting.
Teacher Grant Program
These grants provide monetary support for classroom education to teachers who have students with Down syndrome.
Annual CMDSS Awareness Calendar
This beautiful, full-color calendar promotes public awareness and features local adults and children with Down syndrome.
These events are designed to allow families who have a loved one to interact, share ideas, in a social setting, and allows individuals with Down syndrome to establish and grow peer friendships.
CMDSS hosts speakers on a variety of topics geared toward educating families and professionals.
Are you interested in joining CMDSS? Please click here to fill out our form.