Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S) is an organzation of fathers dedicated to enhancing the lives of their children, who happen to have Down syndrome. D.A.D.S. was started in Indianapolis in 2002 and now boasts over 500 members and 30 chapters in the US, Canada,the UK and Australia.
DSAA D.A.D.S. is the Atlanta chapter of Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome. We are fathers of children who happen to have Down syndrome, working in partnership with the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta to, first and foremost, provide a forum for fathers to find fellowship. We prefer to think of D.A.D.S. as an “action group.” You’ll find us out in the community coaching our kid’s sports teams, working in civic projects, participating in our children’s IEPs, chauffeuring to/from therapy, volunteering at fundraising events, and even sponsoring fundraising events of our own. Several of our dads are on the DSAA board or serve on DSAA committees. Some are even involved with disability committees at their workplace or with other area disability organizations.
Christening the DADS brand at the 2013 BBQ Fundraiser
We host regular meetings where our dads can come together to share insights and experiences. Face it: there are certain responsibilities that generally fall on the shoulders of the father. Having a child with special needs often affects how we approach those responsibilities. We also bring in guest speakers to address issues that cover the life span of individuals with Down syndrome.
For more information about DSAA D.A.D.S, there are several ways to get a hold of us: