You can count on PODS to be supportive, informative and there for your family. As we grow as a community, we hope you will be involved in our many activities and services. Families take great comfort in sharing and talking with other families, and PODS is proud to make these connections happen. If you are a parent seeking or willing to offer support to or from another parent, please contact the PODS.

Explore special stories, Dad’s corner articles, helpful links and more. Below are some resources that we think you might find helpful. Should you have any resources that you think others may benefit from, please let us know so that we can add it to this list.

New Parents Guides – A Site for new parents that children with DS

National and International Organizations – National DS Society – West Virginia Support Group – DS Research Foundation – Directory of International DS sites (very helpful) – National Association for Down Syndrome

Local Resources – Prince Georges County Infants and Toddlers Family Support Network (A good one to be on for Children 5 and under) – Down Syndrome Connection, The Arc of Chesapeake Central Region – Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education – The Parents Place of Maryland –  Looking for childcare? Maryland Family Network. – The ARC of Prince Georges County – The Arc of Maryland :49 Old Solomons Island Road – Suite 205 Annapolis, Maryland 21401 Phone: 410-571-9320,  Fax: 410-974-6021, E-mail: (Advocacy training, governmental affairs assistance, and public policy services) – Resource Connections, 4550 Forbes Blvd, Suite 120, Lanham MD. Phone: 301.429.9300 Resource Connections Incorporated is funded Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and provides eligibility assistance, case management, advocacy and support of each person’s goals and dreams.  – Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation – Family Services Inc. 610 East Diamond Ave – Suite 100 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Phone: 301-840-2000 Email: Education, behavioral health, child development, educational advocacy training, etc. 

Speech and Language Aids – Super Duper® Publications. Speech and Language Learning Materials for Kids of all Ages. Products for purchase. – Books with simple words, engaging pictures and lessons, recommended and used by speech therapists. Products for purchase. – Resources on Speech, Language and Oral Motor Feeding and Children with Down Syndrome – The Hanen Centre, is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization committed to supporting parents, early childhood educators and speech-language pathologists in their efforts to promote the best possible language, social and literacy skills in young children. Products for Purchase.

Famous People with DS –  Young Man featured on Oprah that plays 5 instruments.  – Chris Burke, actor in the series “Life Goes on” (Speaking of Which he’s be in Arlington VA soon! Here is the info: October 20, 2012 D.S.A. of Northern Virginia Buddy Walk Arlington, Virginia ) – Extraordinary woman with DS that was born in 1949 at a time when “angels” were commonly institutionalized. She was an artist, accomplished athlete and advocate. –  Michael Jurogue Johnson, an artist with DS, loves to paint every day. He uses watercolors, acrylics, and oil paints.  – Bernadette Resha, Artist with DS. Site features a gallery of her work.,,20542520,00.html Article in People’s Magazine about DeOndra Dixon, Jamie Foxx’s sister with DS.

Legal Resources – ADA Information Center (Mid-Atlantic) 451 Hungerford Drive – Suite 700 Rockville, MD 20850 Phone: 301-217-0124 Toll-free/TTY: 1-800-949-4232 Provides information on all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act. – CASA de Maryland’s Legal Program 8151 15th Avenue Phone: 301-431-4185 Hyattsville, MD 20783 E-mail: Silver Spring, MD 20903 Seek to improve the quality of life and legal justice for Latino and low-income families through legal education, legal services, and advocacy projects. – Equal Rights Center 11 DuPont Circle – Suite 400 Phone: 866-719-4372 Washington, DC 20036 Civil rights education and outreach about fair housing, fair employment, equal access to public accommodations and government services, disability rights, and immigrant rights.  – Maryland Disability Law Center 1800 North Charles Street – Suite 400 Baltimore, MD 21201 Phone: 410-727-6352 Toll-free: 800-233-7201 TTY: 410-727-6387 Maryland’s Designated Protection and Advocacy agency advances rights of people with disabilities, using information/referral, direct representation, abuse/neglect investigations, training, etc. For questions/concerns related to special education, call M/W/Th from 10am-12pm. For all other issues, call M-F, 10am-12pm. – Maryland Legal Aid (Prince George’s County) 6811 Kenilworth Avenue – Suite 500 Riverdale, MD 20737 Phone: 301-360-2100 Toll-free: 888-215-5316 Private, non-profit law firm serving low-income residents. – Maryland Legal Services Program 311 West Saratoga Street Baltimore, MD 21201 Phone: 410-761-7858 (9am-5pm) Provides representation in court proceedings for “Children in Need of Assistance” and “Termination of Parental Rights” cases; counsel to indigent adults in Adult Public Guardianship proceedings.