AXYS has a number of affiliated support groups. 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 that they have found valuable. Some of our groups are affiliated with AXYS Clinic and Research Consortium hospitals, and they meet in those facilities. Other groups meet in libraries, medical centers, or churches.
National & International Support Groups Serving All X and Y Variations
Jacob Flores, Educational Workshops and Outreach
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:
Sunday, April 15, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
622 W. 168th Street, New York, NY 10032
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Bldg 21, 17 Floor, Conference Rooms PH17-120
Tracy Bunye: “How to Keep Your Cool Around Disruptive Behaviors – Understanding and Improving Emotion Regulation”
Virginia Cover: “Transitioning to Adulthood, Work and Independence”
There will be an extra conference room for break out groups for any adults or families who wish to do so during the event.
After the event anyone who wishes to join us at the nearby Coogan’s Pub is welcome.
Anita Chambers, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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- email@example.com Ph: 828-243-0534
For SC: Tom Clephane- TC50@yahoo.com Ph: 864-270-8140
For GA & rest of Southeast: Dorothy Boothe- firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- 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.
“Taking it to the MaXXX”
What a wonderful time we had sharing each other’s stories, reconnecting and meeting new families! Here is a recap of events that occurred:
- Nineteen families expressed interest in coming
- Eleven families attended our meeting, traveling from all over MA, NH, and NY
- Seven girls with Trisomy X ranging from 8 years old to 28 years old
- Three girls with Trisomy X had never met another girl with the condition!
- Sharron Close, a pediatric nurse practitioner and scientist at Emory University, and her students, Cathy and Janette, have a special clinical and research interest in X & Y variations. They were able to call in to the meeting and help answer questions and gather ideas from families regarding future research areas.
The highlight of the meeting was seeing the girls with Trisomy X meet their peers for the first time. It was very heartwarming to see. It is this very reason I enjoy so much bringing these amazing girls and their families together.
I want to thank all the families who brought food items to share. A huge thank-you to Andrea Wilczynski for her hard work developing and maintaining the Facebook site for our girls with Trisomy X. I’m so glad Andrea won the free raffle which was Virginia Isaacs (Ginnie) Cover’s book Living with Klinefelter Syndrome, Trisomy X and 47,XYY. Special thanks to Andrea W, Brian, Eileen Curran, Jim Zuis and Kayla, who supplied crafts and kids games. Many thanks to Kim Smith-Daly and Erin Frith for maintaining the Facebook site for Trisomy X and all members involved in AXYS for all the support and education they provide our families.
A very special thank-you to my daughter Jessica Burke for reaching out to all the new girls/ladies with Trisomy X in our support group. Jessica, you are truly amazing!
Thank you all for sharing your stories and coming together to help support and increase awareness of Trisomy X. We are looking forward to our next meeting. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to bring all these amazing girls and families together!
Joanne (and Greg) Burke and our daughter, Jessica Burke (17 years old, Trisomy X), siblings Michael, Christine and Jamie Burke
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.