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

History:
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 the 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 gr​oup 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.