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

the next big event: The Inclusion Session


08/24/2017 – Parent Connection support group

Parent’s Only!  Join us at our monthly support group to discuss what each of us is doing to support our kiddos…without the kiddos.  While we love seeing the littles every month, sometimes we parents need to focus on each other.  That time is now.  Email us at connect@21connect.org or call 716-427-3575 for more details.

08/26/2017 – Create an inclusive iep

Please join us on Saturday,  August 26th as Sara Jo Soldovieri, Taishoff Inclusive Education Fellow at the National Down Syndrome Society and head of the National Down Syndrome Society’s Inclusive Education Task Force, hosts an open forum on inclusive education and your child’s rights in the classroom.  Find out more and register here.

09/30/2017 – Step Up for Down Syndrome

21_Connect is proud to sponsor the 10th Annual Step up for Down Syndrome One Mile Walk.  With games, entertainment, and food throughout the day, it’s a great way to celebrate Nation Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

10/26/2017 – The Inclusion Session: Creating and Maintaining Inclusive Schools for All

Join 21_Connect on Thursday, October 26, at Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center for an interactive presentation for any teacher, administrator, therapist, parent or CSE director who is interested in creating more inclusive schools. Filled with useful ideas and strategies, we will cover how to create inclusive schools and the dramatic achievement results of an inclusive shift for students with and without disabilities.

In partnership with Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, the Inclusion Session will provide six credit hours of continuing education for teachers, school leaders, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists.

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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.