SPIDER is a group of concerned family and friends that have been brought together by one common denominator, all of us are blessed with having a child with Down Syndrome in our lives. Most of us were not prepared for the sudden and often drastic changes in our lives that occur, when a "Special Needs Child," comes into our life. One universal concern has been the lack of adequate information and services that are immediately available to assist our families. There are many questions in the first few hours and weeks of our child's life that need to be addressed, such as medical, physiological and emotional. We are here to answer these questions and to make available any resources to our families. This will insure that our children have the greatest advantages from the beginning and throughout their lives.