Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society


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Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society

667 US-51 Suite C
Ridgeland, MS 39157
601-385-DOWN (3696)

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The Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society (CMDSS) is a non-profit organization comprised of parents who have children with Down syndrome and live in the Central Mississippi area.

We have compiled this Parent Guide to help parents-to-be and new parents who are going through a similar experience.

First and foremost, we want you to remember: Your child will be ok, you will be okay.

Secondly, we want you to know: You are not alone.

We’re Here to Help

You may feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster ranging from shock, anger, sadness, and grief, all combined with the joy, excitement, and thrill of being a new parent. We have all been on that same roller coaster and have experienced what you are feeling. The parents of CMDSS and the organization are here to offer you whatever support you need. We are willing to visit you at home or in the hospital, or talk to you by phone or email to help answer your questions about life with an exceptional child.

We also understand that having a child with Down syndrome is not what you originally expected and planned, but we assure you that your child is a true gift who will bring more joy, love, and enrichment to your life than you had ever thought possible.

Thousands of children are born each day, and each one is special and unique. Each one will grow up to be far different from what their parents first imagined the day they were born. This is no different for a child with Down syndrome. Your child will bless you in ways that are unimaginable to you right now.

Read This Guide for Valuable Information

Please take time to read through this Parent Guide for valuable information. Be sure to read the Reflections section for a personal look at life with a child with Down syndrome from the viewpoint of local families. If any of the stories strike a personal connection with you, we encourage you to contact any parent whose information is listed at the top of their testimonial.


Shawn Wilkerson
New Parent Committee
Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society
(601) 750-5901

Jennifer Babl
Executive Director
Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society
(601) 385-3696