The NADS group, Down Syndrome and More, serves families whose child with Down syndrome has an additional diagnosis, such as Autism or ADHD. The More Than Down Syndrome Retreat is offered twice a year.  During the Retreat, parents learn from experts and share with each other while their child with a dual diagnosis engages in fun activities and is cared for by trained respite workers.  For more information about this program, please contact NADS.

Many of the resources the members of this group have gathered over the years are collected here for the benefit of other families: NADS 2017 Links and Resources for Special Needs

For more information about Down syndrome and Autism, including signs and symptoms, obtaining an evaluation for autism, and related behaviors, see the dual-diagnosis section on the website of the National Down Syndrome Society.

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UIC TAP Autism Webinar

June 27
1-2 pm

Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults

This webinar provides an overview of the complex topic of diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in an adult. We will explore the reasons why adult diagnostics are requested, differences among adults who are self-referred vs. referred by others, tools for assessment of ASD in adults, challenges in gathering developmental history and other diagnostic information, concurrent mental health assessment and dual diagnosis. The potential benefits of an ASD diagnosis for an adult, including those with dual diagnosis, as well as the experience of those who do not meet criteria for ASD (and may have a mental health disorder instead) will also be discussed.

Presenter: Joan Ingram, PhD

Register on-line at:


Using Visual supports/Make & Take session
Date: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm

Location: Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic, 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL
Training will be held on the 4th floor, room 448

Cost: FREE
*Funding for this seminar was so generously provided by the National Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc.

Training description:
This presentation will discuss the use of visual supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, particularly ASD. Examples of different visual supports will be shown and the purpose behind their use will be discussed. Time for making a visual support, such as a schedule, will also be included.

This informational/hands on session is intended for parents/caregivers of children with autism.

For more information and/or to reserve a spot, please contact Jessica Schultz, M.A. @ 312-996-7457 or e-mail: