The #DownSyndromeDads Contest is Back!

In honor of Father’s Day and great dads of special needs kids everywhere, we at ds-connex are excited to announce the 2nd Annual #DownSyndromeDads Contest to recognize and celebrate these amazing fathers!

Great Down syndrome DADS Contest Picture

Starting Monday, May 18th, nominate the fantastic #DownSyndromeDads in your life by sending a photo and brief (one to three sentence) meaningful message about him to ds-connex. You can email the photo to, post the photo to our ds-connex Facebook page or submit the photo on Twitter by tagging @dsconnex. Please use the hashtag #DownSyndromeDads and tell us why your #DownSyndromeDads are so special. Whenever possible, please also tag D.A.D.S. national on Facebook or Twitter, as well as your local Down syndrome organization, D.A.D.S. chapter and/or Buddy Walk® team.

All photos and descriptions will be posted to a 2015 #DownSyndromeDads photo album on the ds-connex Facebook page. All nominators and #DownSyndromeDads are encouraged to promote the contest and ask friends and family members on Facebook to like and share the photo in the 2015 #DownSyndromeDads album they wish to support.

The winning dad will receive a $500 donation in his name, with half going to the national D.A.D.S. organization and half going to a local Down syndrome organization, D.A.D.S. chapter or Buddy Walk team of his choice.

How it works

The ds-connex team will collect #DownSyndromeDads nominations for approximately one month, closing the program on Friday, June 19 at noon EST. The winner will be chosen based on total of likes and shares on the photos in the #DownSyndromeDads photo album on the ds-connex page. And, the winning dad will earn a $500 donation in his name to D.A.D.S. and the local Down syndrome organization or Buddy Walk team of his choice.

Did you enter last year? We welcome participants in last year’s contest to re-enter with a new photo!

By nominating someone for the #DownSyndromeDads program, you are giving ds-connex permission to share your submission via the Connexions blog and across multiple social platforms in order to raise awareness and appreciation of fathers in the Down syndrome community and all they do.

We look forward to seeing your #DownSyndromeDads entries!

3 responses to “The #DownSyndromeDads Contest is Back!”

  1. Daddy (Kevin) picked his name out before he was born. Connor is his “normal”. Kevin is never disappointed in him, he is nothing but encouraging, loving, and supportive- a perfect father!!!!

  2. Tranquilino garcia says:

    My baby,she have Down Syndrome, she is have 18 years..

  3. Anne Law says:

    Justin and my son Corey grew up together here in the country. My son was diagnosed with a mental illness when he was 18 . At that point he and Justin had gone separate ways and haven’t spent alot of time together since .
    However, when they do see each other, Corey always tells me how he appreciates Justin being so accepting. I now see Justin loving his sweet daughter and son ,in the same unconditional way . He is a dedicated Dad and husband.I know he is worthy of this .