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Madison Area Down Syndrome Society and GiGi's Playhouse - South Central WI Tax ID 02-0670316


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People who are born with Down syndrome need the same things you do –complete acceptance from the society they live in, loving care from those close to them and a fair chance to share in life's joys.

Madison Area Down Syndrome Society (MADSS) is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with Down syndrome have the opportunity to maximize their potential within a community that is inclusive and accepting. We achieve this by providing the following services in the nine counties we serve.


Providing critical information to individuals and families when they need it is a primary focus of MADSS.  Families in our nine counties need relevant and current information to help them navigate a sometime bewildering array of systems.  In 2012, we will:

• Deliver our Good Things to Know e-newsletters to over 200 individuals and our print publications to over 2000 households and businesses.

• Provide a web-based resource portal and education workshops to our member families and individuals.

• Partner with the Waisman Center to host the annual Down Syndrome: Day with the Experts for the general public.


MADSS provides opportunities for families in our community to support one another.  These ongoing connections assist families in understanding available resources, provides access to advocates in their communities, and connects to others who have "been there".  In 2012, we will:

• Make over 23 direct grants to families so they can access therapies and resources they need.

• Establish outreach systems with each area hospital with a birthing center.

• Host a summer bike camp for 25 to 40 children with Down syndrome and other disabilities so they can experience one of the basic joys of young life - riding a two wheeled bike independently.

• Maintain six support and service groups for MADSS families.



The communities surrounding individuals with Down syndrome need to be inclusive and accepting of those individuals. MADSS creates opportunities throughout the year that improve awareness, foster advocacy, and engage community members.  Examples of MADSS events designed to give access to the community include:

• Support21 for Community Leadership

• The Step Up Walk for Down Syndrome

• Awareness Partnerships with Area Businesses