Welcome to PPODS!

Pocono Parents of Children with Down Syndrome (PPODS) is a non-profit family and community based organization located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to develop and implement programs that will further enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome, support families and promote community awareness, social integration and educational enrichment.

PPODS hosts monthly meetings on the campus of East Stroudsburg University for families with children with Down Syndrome and anyone else who would like to learn more about Down Syndrome or support our mission. We also host social events and an annual Buddy Walk in partnership with the National Down Syndrome Society.

If you would like more information about PPODS, please come to one of our meetings or contact us by clicking on our contacts page.


PPODS Monthly Meeting

Join us to our September’s meeting (09/26/16) to learn and talk about GUARDIANSHIP AND POWER OF ATTORNEY with Kelly Lombardo, Lori J. Cerato, Attorney at Law.

Children are welcomed! RSVP very recommended. Please, see calendar for more details.


On October, come and join us to an intense Workshop for parents and professionals: “Mini-Series on Developing Strong IEPs and Working with School Teams”. October 22nd in ESU from 9:30am till 3:30pm with walk in registration at 9:00am. See calendar for more details. Registration is free but a MUST. Check our Flyer for registration form or online information. iep-mini-series-flyer_diane-32





Have you been affected by the waiting lists in Pennsylvania to receive community services for individuals with intellectual disabilities? The Vision for Equality and the Waiting List campaign are gathering family/individual impact stores from around Pennsylvania to help support their effort to address the long waits families face for community services. If you would like to share a hardship that you have encountered in support of this campaign, please contact Tom Carasiti at tomteri@hotmail.com or visit their website at www.pawaitinglistcampaign.org

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is conducting a study about the metabolic health of children with Down Syndrome and thyroid treatment. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study visit CHOP’s research webpage at www.research.chop.edu/


We are very happy to let everyone know that our first CO/LAB Theater workshop was a SUCCESS!! We had a great group of actors who worked on creating some “make believe” commercials and acted them out to an audience (parents) at the end of the workshop. They were outstanding!!! We all had a lot of fun and we got so hungry for more.

We’ll continue with organizing more of these wonderful workshops for more age groups with the help and professional work of the ESU Theater department. Expect more news about this events!

Thanks to all who participated and made this dream come true!!