Support groups are a demonstrated way for parents and adults to gain knowledge, acceptance and emotional support after discovering they are affected by an X and Y variation. AXYS maintains a number of affiliated support groups, and physicians are especially encouraged to suggest them to newly diagnosed individuals or their families. A good place to start is with a link to this page.
Support groups are facilitated by volunteers who schedule the programs and often arrange for speakers on topics of interest to individuals and families affected by X and Y variations. These groups offer the opportunity to share experiences with others and to learn about resources they have found valuable. Some of our groups are affiliated with AXYS Clinic and Research Consortium hospitals and meet in those facilities. Other groups meet in libraries, medical centers, or churches.
National & International Support Groups Serving All X and Y Variations
Support Group Meeting on May 26, 2018
Time: 1 PM
Location: 831 N Clybourn Ave. Burbank, CA
We will be having our outdoor potluck support group meeting for all individuals living with KS / XXY. Prenatal mothers, toddlers, pre-teens, teens and adults living with KS / XXY. (If you’ve been to our previous events, you know how much fun they can be.) We will have tons of resources from our regional centers and a life coach will be one of our speakers. It’s potluck! So please bring your favorite dish to share or a dessert. We’ll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. For anyone who wants to go swimming afterwards, there’s a pool! This is a fun, casual gathering which allows for our families to get together and know one another. See you there!
Support Group Meeting on July 21, 2018
Time: 1 PM
Location: 831 N Clybourn Ave. Burbank, CA
We will have our annual potluck gathering for ALL individuals living with X or Y chromosome variation conditions (XYY, XXYY, XXY, trisomy X, and all others). All ages are welcome! We will have tons of resource information for IEPs and answer all of your questions. Network and meet other individuals with X and Y chromosome variations. We’ll have tons of resources and support. It’s potluck! So bring your favorite dish to share. We’ll be grilling burgers and anyone who wants to swim in the pool or play ball is welcome to do so. Both the May and July meetings are being planned with the cooperation of our boys who live with these conditions. If you’ve been to our previous events, you know how much fun they can be!!!
Please RSVP as soon as possible.
Contact: Lorena Quiroga, 818-640-5393, email@example.com
Contact: Sandy Schindler
Support Group Meeting
March 25, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Nemours Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE
Presenters and Other Information
Dr. Gregory Witkin Ph.D, a pediatric neuropsychologist, at Nemours will give a presentation on anxiety, learning and attention concerns in kids with x & y variations. Dr. Witkin obtained his Masters in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Dr. Witkin has published several articles, and is a frequent presenter on various aspects of Neuropsychology and brain functioning at various institutions and conferences.
Ryan Bregante, XXY advocate and founder of Living with XXY will be joining us from San Diego, CA and sharing his thoughts on the importance of building a stronger well connected x & y community as well as answering your questions. You can find Living with XXY on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Dr. Judith Ross, pediatric endocrinologist, researcher and Director of the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic at Nemours is our host and will give us a brief update on the clinic.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Name & age of person with condition:
(XXY, XYY, XXX, XXYY, XXXXY, XXXX, XXXY, XXXXX)
Support Group Meeting:
SAVE THE DATE!
Our next support group meeting will be on July 1st, 1-3 p.m. at the gazebo in Washington Market Park (www.washingtonmarketpark.org/gazebo). The gazebo provides a lovely gathering place for us to get to know each other better, share experiences and learn from each other. While the reservation for the gazebo limits us to 2 hours, those who wish to linger can simply move to tables at the side of the park or hang out on the grass. There are also many nearby places for food and refreshments.
To pay for the suggested donation for the use of the gazebo, we hope a suggested donation of $5 per person and $10 per family would be manageable. If not, please let me or Virginia Cover know.
The park is in Manhattan at the corner of Chambers and Greenwich Streets. It is easily accessible by train and car. More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.
Hope to see you in July!
Contact: Anita Chambers, firstname.lastname@example.org
It is estimated there are more than 1,000 individuals in Nebraska who may have a genetic variation that includes an extra X or Y chromosome. Less than 25 percent of these individuals have been diagnosed accurately and even fewer are receiving appropriate health and educational support. As a result, many people and families face difficult challenges in finding information and services that could make a significant improvement in their lives. My wife and I have personal experience with this since our adult son was not correctly diagnosed until age 24 with 47,XXY (otherwise known as Klinefelter Syndrome). We spent many years and thousands of dollars trying to find out what was causing his learning, behavior and health issues and endured a lot of unnecessary pain and problems until we finally obtained this diagnosis and were able to initiate appropriate treatment
If you are an adult with an X and Y condition or a parent with a child who has this condition and would be interested in attending a support group meeting or to just learn more about the AXYS organization and resources available to assist you, please let me know. Inquiries from surrounding states are also welcome!
You are welcome to contact me personally with any questions you may have email@example.com or 402-681-5455.
Serving Oregon and Washington State
Our monthly meeting is from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Salem Hospital campus in Salem OR . (Every third Saturday of the month).
From I-5 : Take the OR-22/OR-99E-BR exit, EXIT 253, toward Detroit Lake/Bend.
Continue about 2 miles heading west. Cross 12th st (right after going over an “overpass”) and turn right into the hospital campus at the EMERGENCY sign. It is right at a point where the right lane merges into the left lane so stay in the rt lane and just turn right at the EMERGENCY sign. Then go a short distance and park in either the parking garage or in the emergency parking lot area. then walk a few yards north to Bldg. D it may say Family Birth Center or something on it. Once inside, there will be signs.
See you there!
Contact: Carol Campbell
Support Group Meeting – CANCELLED
Saturday, January 27th 1-3/PM
Room 400 (4th Floor)
Emory School of Nursing
Atlanta, GA 30322
Special Guest: Ryan Bregante
For NC: Lars Johnson- firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 828-243-0534
For SC: Tom Clephane- TC50@yahoo.com Ph: 864-270-8140
For GA & rest of Southeast: Dorothy Boothe- email@example.com Ph: 706-224-4437
For more information, go to the AXYS Southeastern Support Group on Facebook
Macy’s parade: Contact Carrie about her plans to walk in the Macy’s day parade and to raise funds for the AXYS mission!
Support Group Meeting
We are having our bi-annual Upstate New York Support group on Sunday, 4/8 from 2PM – 5PM. Refreshments will be provided.
The address is 1565 Jefferson Road, Building 200, Suite 280 (in the Butler/Till Building), Rochester, NY 14623.
We are privileged to have Dr. Robert Marion joining our group. He is the Executive Director of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Rose F. Kennedy Center. He is also the Chief of the Divisions of Genetics, the Chief of Developmental Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Director of the Center for Congenital Disorders. He will be speaking to our group on chromosomal variations.
We will also have time for folks to break off into groups and catch up from our last discussions.
The building is handicapped accessible.
Sunday, November 5, Noon – 2:00 pm
Look for balloons marking our picnic spot
If it’s raining, we are working on an indoor option. Please RSVP so we are sure to keep you updated of any changes.
RSVP and questions to:
A support group for individuals with X & Y Chromosome Variations and their family members.
Saturday, June 16, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rush University Medical Center, Armour Academic Center (AAC)
600 S Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60612
Room 985 (on 9th floor)
To join the AXYS Chicagoland Support Group on Facebook, please email your request to ConnectionsXY@gmail.com. For the privacy and security of group members, this Facebook group is invite only.
This support group is for all X and Y chromosome variations.
Open to those within driving distance of Denver, Colorado, including those in Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Eastern Nebraska.
June 10th from noon to 2pm – Picnic lunch & getting to know one another!
Belleview Park, Pavilion #2. 5001 S. Inca Drive, Englewood, CO 80120. Please bring a picnic lunch for you and your family. We will provide water and popsicles. Adults with variations as well as kids and parents are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Please RSVP Susan Fasone at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Support Group Name: Australian X & Y Spectrum Support
- Service Area: Australia
- Website: axys.org.au
- Email: email@example.com
- Condition(s) Served: (XXY, XYY, Trisomy X, Other, All) ALL
- Meeting Schedule: Meetings will be announced as scheduled
- Typical meeting Location: Sydney
- The group also runs a “secret” Facebook support group: Australian X & Y Spectrum Support. This group is “secret” (a Facebook privacy setting) to protect members’ privacy.
- To provide support and information to parents of individuals with sex chromosome variations including XXY, XYY and more
- To provide support and information to individuals living with XXY (Klinefelter Syndrome), XYY and other sex chromosome variations
- To provide awareness and information to education and health professionals and the wider community on sex chromosome variations; to advocate and lobby on behalf of our community
Group leader, Irene Simeonidou, provides info and translates documents for them.
We are planning to create a Greek organization (let’s call it support group) for families affected by X & Y chromosome disorders. But for now it’s just informal “meetings” through the Internet and friendly talking on the phone. We don’t have specific arranged meetings yet (we are working on it though).
I’ll create a Facebook page in Greek, and there will be a website, too. For the time being, there is only a Greek Facebook page for the rights of people with disabilities and special educational needs in Cycladhes, that I am running and checking every day, so I can also be reached there.
Service Area: All of Greece
Mailing Address: Syros, Kalamos Galissa
City: (Island) Syros
Zip/Postal Code: 84100
Leader Name(s): Irene Simeonidou
Leader Email Address(es): firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Phone: +30 6977660860 & +30 2281062198
Website: (Facebook page) facebook.com/groups/dikaioma.kyklades/
Condition(s) Served: ( All)
NEXXYS: Serving MA, VT, NH, ME, CT, RI, Upstate NY
Support Group Meeting
Our support group was founded in Central Texas but our members are all over the map. We meet on a regular basis, either in person or via conference calls. Please click Contact Us or call us to be added to our group.
Our goal is to learn from each other and educate our physicians, schools and others who might not fully understand the needs and obstacles a KS guy might encounter.
We are informal and have been there for many who suddenly find out that they are affected by Klinefelter Syndrome.
We hold conference calls on the 12th of each month to share our experiences living with XXY/KS. Please contact us for an invite.
Sabrina (mom): 512-818-3739
Karsten (dad): 512-576-3471
Klinefelter’s Syndrome (47XXY) Support Group for the Rocky Mountain Region, including UT, CO, WY, ID, & MT. Adults and parents with KS kids are encouraged to join.
The AXYS XXY Klinefelter Global Support Group is managed by AXYS’s official Facebook group for XXY (to protect our members’ privacy, the group is members-only and requires members to sign up).
All new members must provide verifiable identification before being admitted to this Facebook group.
Third Massachusetts Area States Trisomy X Support Group Meeting
Massachusetts Area States Trisomy X Support Group
“Taking it to the MaXXX”
Come Join Us
- Support girls with Trisomy X and their families
- Get to know each other through discussions and experiences
- Reunite our families plus welcome and meet new families
- Increase awareness of Trisomy X
- Plan for future support meetings to include speakers
- Share Massachusetts Proclamation- National X & Y Chromosome Variation Awareness Month of May
- Any additional ideas/news
Location: Toronto, Canada
If you are a member of the AXYS Trisomy X/Triple X/XXX Global Support Group, send a personal message to Pamela Andrews or email Michelle Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The group is being organized by two parents with 5 & 6 year old daughters.
This is an informal group.
Please bring your daughters with you. All children welcome.
If you would like to request to join the group or simply talk, please message the administrator. If you would like to expedite your acceptance into the group, please fill out the online survey here: goo.gl/forms/4EHFdA0Qoh
This is a Facebook group exclusively for women and young adults with Trisomy X. Expect to be messaged by the administrator before your request to join the group is accepted.
We are a group of Parents & Caregivers of boys/men with 48XXYY Syndrome.
If you request to be a member, you MUST be a PARENT or PRIMARY caregiver to an XXYY boy or man to be approved. You will receive 3 questions when you request membership that must be answered before being approved. If you need help with translating to another language, please contact an administrator of this group. Thank you!
How to Start an AXYS-affiliated Support Group
Don’t see a support group near your home?
Support groups are started by committed volunteers. See below for tips on starting a support group in your area. AXYS is happy to assist local support groups in publicizing meetings on our website, in email blast messages, and in periodic newsletters. If you are interested in organizing a support group meeting, please send an email to email@example.com.
Reasons to consider forming a local support group:
- To create a network of people concerned about X and Y variations
- To bring together the collective wisdom of people who have experienced similar challenges
- To create a group that can make a difference in your community
- To offer the patient’s perspective to legislators, the local medical community and educators
Some of the ways that AXYS can assist your local group include:
- Referrals to your group via AXYS’s toll-free number and genetic.org
- Publicity for meetings on the AXYS website, via blast e-mails, in our quarterly newsletter and on AXYS Facebook pages
- Use of AXYS webinar software to hold virtual meetings or feature a remote speaker, and limited funding (FY 2027-18) for honoraria or fees for audiovisual support
Support groups can meet in homes, public meetings spaces at libraries or churches and synagogues, or in community rooms at hospitals. Many support groups have found that a mix of meetings with speakers and group discussion, and social events such as picnics or meetings at restaurants works best to build a strong network. Current support group leaders are happy to mentor new leaders.
We look forward to hearing from you and having you join the AXYS effort to improve the well-being of individuals and families impacted by having an X or Y variation.