Welcome to Club 21 South Bay Community Group

We are excited to announce that South Bay Down Syndrome Association (SBDSA) is now part of Club 21 Learning and Resource Center.   We will be called “Club 21 South Bay Community Group (Club21SB)”.  This will be the first Club 21 Community Group established by Club 21 to serve families with Down syndrome in outlying areas! [MORE TAG]

What is Club 21? 

Please know as a Community Group we will continue to provide THE SAME events LOCALLY that we do now, including Playdates, Youth Group and Monday Night Meetings.  We will still have an annual Fiesta celebration. We hope to also continue the Self-Advocate programs started by Eden Rapp. This will all be funded by Club 21 giving us a budget for local community events.

We will now have a bigger voice and a larger organization to support our families and children with Down syndrome through an expanding network of educational and learning opportunities at Club 21.

As with SBDSA, Club 21 is a non-profit and will continue to be dependent on fundraising activities, generosity of donors and a pursuit of sponsorships and grants. The Club 21 South Bay Community group will be actively participating in raising funds for the organization so that we can grow and serve all communities with individuals with Down syndrome as well as our community here in the South Bay. The success of the above continues to be dependent upon our active membership, participation and enrollment in all Club 21 activities, both locally in the South Bay and in Pasadena.

We will still be a non-profit, however our 501(c)(3) Tax ID # has changed.  It is now 26-2887301.  Please make a note of this, when considering additional financial support for our organization.

This Community Group moves us from running a separate non-profit and toward a larger organization utilizing liaison support.  Rather than running our own affairs and wasting time holding board meetings and filing paper work, we will have two Co-Leaders who will volunteer for Club 21 to lead our Community Group.  Karen Cull and Roz Mooney have committed themselves to this task.  It is a two-year commitment and then someone else will have this wonderful opportunity.  The Community leaders will organize local playdates, Youth Group, Monday Night Meetings, and the Annual Fiesta.  Having been active in the organization since inception we are excited about this opportunity to continue the great work that has been done in the South Bay over the last 8 years, and we know that as we work together we can continue to benefit all of our local families and our children with Down syndrome.

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SBDSA Annual Meeting: April 27th, 2016

SBDSA members (over 15 only) are invited to attend our annual meeting. We will report on our activities this past year and our plans for the future. We will also be electing new board members. If you are interested in becoming a board member or serving on a committee please contact us.

The meeting will take place from 7-8pm, with a time for socializing until 9.

The meeting is at the Toyota Automotive museum. If you have not been there before it is an amazing collection of classic cars. However the venue is not suitable for young children.

Annual Family Event: Family Fiesta Carnival!

Please join us! See flyer for information below:

Fiesta Family Carnival

SBDSA Scholarship Fund is now open!

Our first ever SBDSA Scholarship Fund is now up and running! The South Bay Down Syndrome Association (SBDSA) is excited to provide a scholarship fund as we see it as an opportunity to promote inclusion in education and work life for individuals with Down Syndrome throughout our community. Applicants for this scholarship will be reviewed annually. The SBDSA Scholarship Fund is for individuals with Down Syndrome who are seeking post high school educational or training opportunities. To see criteria and apply, complete the attached forms that our available for download/printing on our website.

Please join our board!

SBDSA is looking for new Board Members! We have some very important positions open: Executive Vice President and Programming/Activities VP! We need YOU! Please email us at: Board@sbdsa.org for more information. Even if you personally are not interested please ask friends and family. You do not need to have a child with DS to be on the board. We are looking for people with enthusiasm, new ideas and positivity. We will be voting on our open board positions at the Annual Meeting on April 26, 2016. Address is: Toyota USA Automobile Museum, 19600 Van Ness Ave, Torrance, CA 90501. The meeting will be from 6:30pm-8:45pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!

SBDSA January Playdate!

South Park Playground

Please Join SBDSA at the South Park Playground Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. This will be a fun play date for kids to run around and enjoy the parks activities and guest speakers as well as meet and mingle with other families. Address is: 425 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach CA 90254. We will be meeting by the swings. Hope to see you there!

Current Trends in Feeding with the Foundation of the Get Permission Approach

Course given at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The course will discuss current trends in feeding based on the Get Permission Approach. Please click on the link below to read more and register!

Current Trends in Feeding

January 28th Panera Bread Restaurant Fundraiser

Please join us and share this with friends! Panera Bread will be donating a % of their sales to the SBDSA when you eat at their restaurant on January 28th from 4:00-8:00pm. Make sure to show this flyer (below)!

Panera Bread Fundraiser

Our Executive VP is moving to Hong Kong!


Hello All!

My family and I will be moving to Hong Kong for my husbands job in mid February. We have many emotions going on right now. We are looking forward to this new and exciting experience but we are also sad to be leaving all the amazing people we have met at SBDSA and throughout California. I am planning to still keep my position with SBDSA and work via email, FaceTime and phone. SBDSA is a very important part of my families life and we have met so many amazing families because of this great organization. My daughter Arianna is 2 1/2 years old and we are starting this new journey with hopes she can learn a lot throughout our travels! Arianna will be enrolled in a typical Pre-K 3 days a week and be receiving private therapy for OT, PT and Speech the other 2 days. This will be a little different than what we would have had in CA but we are going to give it a try and make adjustments as needed. Thanks to everyone for your support and help during this process. Can’t wait to share updates and help SBDSA in its upcoming events!


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