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

We would like to express our gratitude to all our guests of this past 2016: Co/Lab and their Wonderful Theater program for teens, Kathy Purcell and her Music Therapy presentation, McAndrews, Law Offices, P.C. talking about IEPs and parents’ rights, Kelly Lombardo, Lori J. Cerato, Attorney at Law explained how we could protect our (young) adult child with Special Needs. Very special thanks to Tisha Brown for planning, bringing the PEAL Center professionals, and making a successful workshop about developing strong IEPs and working with School teams, and last but not least, Christopher Barone for sharing his karate program designed specially for children with special needs. To all of them our deepest thankfulness and appreciation!

We hope we have more interesting presenters for this new 2017! If you have a suggestion or if you would like to be invited to give a presentation in one of our monthly meetings, let us know!

OUR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING is still a mystery. As soon as we know we will update you. Remember, all of our meetings are held in East Stroudsburg University, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Place to be announced.


Invitation to Young Actors with Down Syndrome or other disabilities.

If you are between 12 and 30 years old and are interested on participating in a workshop for young actors, the CoLAB, ESU and PPODS are happy to invite you to join us to this exiting event and develop your talents with professionals in the acting field.  For future workshops, please contact us and send us your interest to join to info@theppods.org or chamorro@ptd.net


MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND JOIN US!! to our 2017 Buddy Walk, this year we will celebrate this awesome event on Sunday, September 24th. Place and times to be announced soon.


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 SECOND CO/LAB Theater workshop was AGAIN 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!!