Who We Are
The Down Syndrome Awareness Group (DSAG) was founded in 1983 by an amazingly determined group of parents who wanted not only to improve the lives of their children, but to also create a life of inclusion for them.
Our membership consists of parents, professionals, and supporters of children and adults with Down syndrome. The group is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization governed solely by the members.
Our Goals Are:
• To provide parent support;
• To promote a better understanding of Down syndrome
to the general public
• To work to promote social conditions that allow the full growth
and potential of children and adults with Down syndrome and
improve their quality of life.
The current membership consists of approximately 300 families and professionals. Membership fees are not assessed; therefore, the group relies on personal and business contributions, and fundraisers as needed.
DSAG organizes several annual events including the Buddy Walk®, an annual Down Syndrome Conference, holiday parties, educational workshops, social outings, and much more. The organization also participates in other community events such as the Capital Area Heart Walk, and the Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area's "Walk to Remember". We send out a monthly online newsletter to keep our membership updated on events and to share information about our members.
The operational costs of the group consists of administrative costs, an annual Down syndrome conference, education seminars, Down Syndrome Awareness Month (October) promotions, posters, advertising and activities for the Buddy Walk®, and yearly activities and holiday parties for the families. Our group holds an annual member meeting in December of each year.