Parent Night Out

UPS for DownS has a popular Parent Night Out program, which offers planned evenings - just for parents - throughout the year. These evenings are meant to be a way for parents to ‘refresh’ and ‘recharge’ away from the kids, and to develop connections with other parents at UPS for DownS. Much-anticipated, full of warmth and friendship, Parent Nights Out are held every other month at different venues in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. These casual evenings provide a comfortable social environment where parents can:

  • Be themselves, mingle and get to know other members in the group,
  • Form friendships with others who share lives similar to their own,
  • Be with parents who know what it feels like, and breathe easier, knowing they are not alone,
  • Ask questions of one another that they may not feel so comfortable asking in a more formal setting,
  • Connect with other dads for understanding and mutual support,
  • Talk with other moms about things that are hard to talk with family about,
  • Develop a connection with UPS for DownS, and board members, to know what the organization is all about.
  • Have fun!...and
  • Look forward to more UPS for DownS activities!
Do people with Down syndrome grow up?

Yes. In adulthood, many people with Down syndrome have jobs, go to college, live independently, and support their communities. People with Down syndrome bring to their jobs enthusiasm, reliability, and dedication.

Why does my friend with Down Syndrome act differently than other kids?

People with Down syndrome have difficulty with language and talking.  Many kids want to interact and play with their friends, but don't know how, are afraid they won't be understood, or afraid they will be told "no, you can't play". Some kids with Down syndrome get overwhelmed when too many things are going on at the same time.