Medical Support

Resources listed are not endorsed by DSAWM, but are a list of options that are available. If you know of additional West Michigan resources, please let us know at


The Preferred Medical Provider List is maintained by Down Syndrome Head Start and lists doctors, dentists, and other providers recommended by Michigan families experiencing Down syndrome. **Please note that Down Syndrome Head Start’s website has been down as of November 2018. This list has not been updated since 2017. If you are looking for more up-to-date information, we recommend reaching out on the Michigan Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Facebook group.

Boston’s MassGeneral Hospital For Children created a Talking to the Doctor Workbook for individuals with Down syndrome that focuses on sharing feelings and asking questions. They also offer remote second opinions to patients and health care providers in the United States.

WEAVE, or Working to End Abuse and Violence for Everyone, is a local collaboration between the YWCA West Central Michigan, MOKA, Spectrum Community Services, Thresholds, and Hope Network Developmental and Community Services. Committed to serving individuals through a culture of gentleness, these organizations came together with the vision that all individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who have experienced sexual abuse will have access to compassionate and highly skilled professionals. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse or assault, WEAVE is available to provide support and resources.


Dental Care Guidance