21_Connect is a not-for-profit advocacy group focused on educating the community about individuals with Down syndrome. Based in Buffalo, NY, we’re all about connecting people and sharing stories. Therapists, educators, agencies, medical professionals, parents, families, friends, and individuals with Down syndrome are all encouraged to join us on our quest to spread a little love, one connection at a time.

Advocate. Educate. Support. Love. #downsyndrome


06/25/2017 21_Connection Support Group

Join us at Como Lake Park in Lancaster, NY for some pizza, play, and discussion about how we can best help and serve our kiddos!  Email us at connect@21connect.org or call 716-427-3575 for more details.

06/25/2017 21_Connect Board of Directors Meeting

Our regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors.  Topics to be discussed include upcoming events and conferences, outreach programs, parents group events, and general business.  Your feedback and suggestions are welcome!  Please let us know what you think here.

07/22/2017 21_Connection Support Group

Bring the kids to a play date!  Join us at our monthly support and social gathering for some back yard shenanigans.  Email us at connect@21connect.org or call 716-427-3575 for more details.

21_Connect is a Not-For-Profit Organization

Please contribute to the 21_Connect mission!  We appreciate any and all levels of support; thank you for your consideration!  We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible.  If you would like any additional information please contact us by email at connect@21connect.org or by phone 716-427-3575.

Donation ideas:

$21 – we kinda like that number 🙂
$47 – representing that extra chromosome
$121 – our founding date, January 21st
$300 – the cost of a small connection basket we donate to families having a child with Down syndrome
$500 – the cost of a large connection basket we donate to families having a child with Down syndrome


Advocate: {verb} – to publicly support

We believe in a future where a diagnosis of Down syndrome does not drive a mother to her knees, but instead is a celebratory moment, much like any other baby being born.

Educate: {verb} – to provide with information

Trust us, people with Down syndrome possess many strengths and individual talents. 21_Connect and other organizations are here to help you along your journey.

Support: {verb} – to assist or help

21_Connect believes the birth of a baby with Down syndrome is meant to be celebrated.  For this reason, we have created several support programs and we offer our own personal experience, if your family would like to _connect.

Love: {noun} – strong affection for another

The Down syndrome community is a tight-knit one, one where you have friends for life.  We invite you join us and share the love.  Please email or call 716-427-3575.