Connect And Celebrate

At DSAG, we provide community-wide parent support through shared knowledge and experiences. Our organization promotes social change and public awareness to improve the quality of life for all individuals with Down syndrome. 

Connect And Celebrate

At DSAG, we provide community-wide parent support through shared knowledge and experiences. Our organization promotes social change and public awareness to improve the quality of life for all individuals with Down syndrome. 

About Down Syndrome

Slide DSAG Down syndrome young girl smiling Down syndrome occurs in approximately one in every 733 live births.
There are between 350,000 to 400,000 people with Down syndrome in the United States.
80 percent of people with Down syndrome are born to parents under the age of 35.
Children with Down syndrome benefit from the same care, attention, and inclusion in community life that help every student grow.
Down syndrome occurs evenly in male and female babies.

Here To Lend A Helping Hand

In 2021, a group of families reconnected to bring DSAG back and build awareness about the presence of our Down syndrome community and the families within it.

638

MEMBERS

38

YEARS

1

BIG FAMILY

DSAG Down syndrome newborn

Meet The Team

NEAL CHOPPIN

President | Board Member

WAYNE PEARL

Vice President | Board Member

JAMIE CHOPPIN

Vice President | Board Member

MELANIE TALLEY

Secretary | Board Member

TAMI PEARL

Treasurer | Board Member

MATT TALLEY

Event Chair | Board Member

CHERISE KNAPP

Board Member

VERONICA CROW

Board Member

LESLIE DOYLE

Board Member

LAURA LANDRY

Board Member

JOY PENNINGTON

Board Member

What We Love About DSAG

What I love about DSAG is it is not just a nonprofit supporting the Down syndrome community. It IS the community. It is all the awesome families in the Baton Rouge area coming together to help each other to make a positive difference in the quality of life for people with Down syndrome. DSAG is what brings us all together and gives us the opportunity to make sure no one has to do it alone.

Wayne P.

DSAG of Baton Rouge has been such a great organization to be a part of. Getting advice on local resources, therapists, schools, and programs is invaluable, and I’m so thankful for the friendships we have made along the way. I love that our area is embracing and celebrating individuals with Down syndrome!

Tami P.

We have looked forward to the Buddy Walk every year since Dylan was 1. He is now turning 12. It’s an amazing event to support our friends with Down syndrome and their families.

Sharon G.

Attending DSAG events has been a yearly tradition for our family, especially the Buddy Walk. In past years we’ve enjoyed meeting new families in our area. The events were complete with food, face painting and games that all could enjoy. We’ve even enjoyed releasing butterflies.

Sara L.

We look forward to the Buddy Walk every year. The support that comes from this event is so appreciated. We get to meet new friends with Down syndrome and their families. It’s also a time we can honor our sweet MaddieJo!

Katie A.

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