How to Support the DSASTX:
There are multiple ways to give (even if you are stuck at home) and we want to help you figure out the way that works best for you.
Thank you for doing what you can to support the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or needs.
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Welcome to the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas
The Down Syndrome Association of South Texas (DSASTX) was founded in 1994 by a small group of parents who met frequently in a family’s living room. These families that chose to gather all had one similar commonality – a child with Down syndrome. They used this time to share stories and struggles, but most of all, they created a voice for the Down syndrome community that resulted in a milestone for this population. From a small group of parents, the DSASTX has now become an official nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status since 2003 and has since progressed into a thriving nonprofit organization. We currently support over 1,275 individuals with a mission to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families to access resources, engage with their community, and progress toward self-actualization through a totally inclusive community.
Timeline of Down Syndrome Association of South Texas:
1994 – Six families having children with Downs Syndrome receiving ECI services at Brighton get together in a living room to begin the Down Syndrome Support Group of San Antonio. (DSSGSA)
1998 – DSSGSA forms their first slate of officers and committees as the group continues to grow. Official name and yearly dues installed.
1999 – Website is created with a quarterly newsletter going out
2001 – First Buddy Walk was held
2002 – New name: Down Syndrome Association (DSA) with now over 600 listed to receive DSA newsletter.
2003 – DSA becomes official non-profit organization, 501(c)3. First Board of Directors and set up with new logo, brochure, and new website www.dsasa.org. Over 300 families with children with Down syndrome are members.
2009 – the DSA expanded to become the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas (DSASTX)
Currently – A thriving nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget of over half a million dollars with four employees and a 4,600 sq. ft. facility, who serves over 1,275 individuals with a mission to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Purpose: Empower and support individuals with Down syndrome and their families to access resources, engage with their community, and progress toward self-actualization.
Mission: Provide lifelong services and support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families to optimize well-being, develop rewarding relationships, and foster inclusion in the community.
Vision: Every person with Down syndrome will achieve their fullest potential and live their best life.
Values: Hope, Respect, Empowerment, Inclusion & Joy
Here's How We Can Help
The DSASTX provides a variety of on-going programs and events that provide learning opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
The DSASTX is growing and now serves over 1,750 families impacted by Down syndrome.
The DSASTX holds monthly opportunities for families to get together and enjoy life living as a community.