Our Mission

Hands Down Support Group (HDS) was formed in 1997 by a group of parents who met at “Hand Camp,” an annual event held for children with limb differences and their families by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Those parents were inspired to initiate more frequent gatherings to help educate and support each other. Since its inception, HDS has grown to over 1,200 families all around Texas.

Our mission is to provide accurate and useful information on the latest developments in the field to parents. We also want to provide opportunities for all children with hand differences to make friends and socialize with others like them. We hope these gatherings will help the children and parents understand that they are not alone.

Many families have benefited from the understanding, wisdom and encouragement that other members share during the HDS get-togethers. HDS believes that, with our help, our children can embrace their difference and educate others. We emphasize that difference does not equal disability!

The work of HDS is supported by tax deductible contributions made by individuals, companies and organizations.

Please consider contributing an item to the
silent auction. The item can be donated by
you, your employer, or both. Some items
that have sold well at past auctions include:
gift baskets, wine, holiday décor items, any
food items, special services and books.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Hands Down Support Group

Contact Us:

Bridgett Pritchard- Hands Down Support Coordinator

Amanda Brewer- Hands Down Support Coordinator

Join the HDS Group

Join the Hands Down Support Group. Joining the group will sign you up to receive our future NewsLetter. HDS is looking for patients to highlight and stories to share with our group. If you would like to have your child highlighted in one of our newsletters please let us know if you are interested Join our group by filling out the information below:

Our Goals

  • Gatherings throughout the year including play days at the park with fun guests and refreshments (Spring and Fall), a Silent Auction with a Talent Show, and a holiday party with food and entertainment for all.

  • Expand meetings and events to families in all areas of Texas providing highlights on our website, blog, and Facebook page.

  • Newsletters and event notification to families - online and direct mail- highlighting some of the awesome children in our group as well as informing them of all planned HDS Events.

  • Provide quality guest speakers that can help to educate parents and the children. (HDS covers all travel expenses)

  • Improve our current website, functionality and usability and updated news and events.

Annual Silent Auction and Talent Show--Coming 2018

Our children are pretty amazing and they love to show us why and how! This year you will be dazzled by dancers, amazed by musicians and tickled by comedians. Be sure to make time from your generous bidding to take a peek at our young talented kids and let them entertain you for while.