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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 Meeting
November 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lynn D’Angelo from YoungLiving will speak about the use of natural oils to help our children.  She will also bring a massage therapist to show us some ways we can relax and feel pampered. Lynn is a mom of a pre-teen with Down syndrome.
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Care Binder Workshop
December 11 and 12, 2015
Free Admission, but registration is required by November 23, 2015.  Please click on “More Information” below important information about this event.
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PPODS Holiday Party
December 19, 2015 @ 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Mountain Stream Church
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It’s not too late to sign up for the Learning Program online! The Learning Program provides instruction in literacy, math, language, fine motor and social skills to individuals with Down Syndrome.  The program was designed to bridge the gap between research and practice.  Typically, the Learning Program is delivered in levels based on the child’s age, over the course of ten months, once a month.   Although the first classes were held in September, online users can view the recorded class and be included in upcoming classes.  To register go to https://lponline2015-2016.eventbrite.com  For more information about the Learning Program, visit http://dsfoc.org/learning-program

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/


Thank you Walmart!  We are thrilled to announce that PPODS is the recipient of a very generous grant from Walmart.  The grant will be used to fund our upcoming Care Binder workshops.  Care Binders are an important tool to organize medical, legal, caregiving and other information about individuals with special needs.  These binders help families quickly locate important information which can be useful when attending medical appointments, IEP meetings or transitioning to new a new caregiver.  The Care Binder program is open to families of children with any special need (i.e. not only Down Syndrome) in Monroe and Pike counties and will take place on December 11 and 12, 2015 at East Stroudsburg High School South.  Registration is limited to 50 families per day and must be received by November 23, 2015.  Please visit our calendar page and click on the Care Binder event for more information.