Transportation and respite care services are available to participants with Down syndrome and their families at no cost to you! DSNetwork can assist you with travel arrangements by personally picking up/dropping off your loved one at one of three convenient valley-wide locations and taking them to the scheduled activity. Respite care is provided by Absolute HCBS and trained DSNetwork volunteers.
Of course, parents and caregivers are always welcome to transport their loved ones and stay with them throughout the event if they so wish.
A special thanks to our respite partner:
Pick Up/Drop Off Locations
There are 3 valley-wide locations where you can coordinate a ride with DSNetwork, including:
Locations may be subject to change with 24 hour notice prior to an event (depending on the number of riders and where the riders live – we want to make it easy and accessible for families!).
How to Reserve a Ride
For Aging Matters and Tweens & Teens Up! programs, you will be able to select a pick up/drop off location when registering for an event. Please select from the following options:
Transportation – West Valley
Transportation – East Valley
Transportation – North Valley
No Transportation option
Transportation is available to participants who do not live near the activity. For example, a West Valley event means there is transportation to the EV and NV etc.
The pick up/drop off locations are assumed to be the standard locations listed above, unless otherwise noted in the event details. If you do not select a transportation option, we will assume that you have your own ride.
Parents are always welcome to provide their own transportation regardless of residence.
What to Expect
Drivers are DSNetwork paid staff or trained volunteers. DSNetwork maintains a 3:1 ratio for riders to adults.
Vehicles used are DSNetwork agency vehicles (owned/leased) or part of the van share program used by other local non-profits. All vehicles/drivers are insured by DSNetwork. All vehicles are clearly labeled and identified as DSNetwork’s for your rider’s safety.
Transportation is provided for participants who do not live in the surrounding area of an activity.
Ex. A West Valley event will have both EV and NV pick up locations and an East Valley event will have both WV and NV pick up locations etc.
Transportation must be requested at least 24 hours prior to an event. Of course, you may still attend, but transportation will be closed or limited within 24 hours.
Parents/Guardians will be contacted 24 hours prior to the event with an accurate pick up/drop off timeframe. Please be on time!
Be flexible – there may be traffic, road closures or other circumstances that cause a minor change to the pick up/drop off schedule. Your driver will ALWAYS communicate these changes with you.
Drivers are unable to text/answer the phone while driving, but will communicate with parents between stops.