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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New Parent Checklist

Do you have a new baby with Down syndrome? Follow this “New Parent Checklist” in order to access all of the support services and programs available for you and your baby.

  • Enjoy your baby!
  • Contact CMDSS if you need additional support.
  • Connect with the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society to get a physical copy of the New Parent Guide. You’ll begin receiving communications to learn about local support services, events and information.
  • Be sure to fill out a membership form online.
  • Contact your local Early Childhood Intervention Program.
  • Apply for the following programs:
    • Disabled Child Living at Home Program – once approved, your child will automatically qualify for WIC without regard for income.
    • Developmental Disability Medicaid Waiver after qualification for Medicaid for Disabled Child Living at Home.
  • Find a good pediatrician who has experience with children with Down syndrome.
  • Attend a New Parent Dinner sponsored by the CMDSS. These are informal gatherings for parents/families of children with Down syndrome 5 and under or new to CMDSS. These dinners are held periodically, generally in the months of May and November.
  • Get involved with other CMDSS programs such as:
    • Attending social or educational events
    • Joining CMDSS in October for the annual Buddy Walk
  •  Check out the CMDSS Awareness Calendar and consider sharing your beautiful child.