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The Mission of the Down Syndrome Association is to enhance the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and their families through education, social and support programs. DSA aspires to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome in all aspects of community life. DSA is affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society.
Down syndrome (Ds) is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 733 babies is born with Down syndrome. There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States. Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels. DSA strives to ensure each person with Down syndrome has the opportunity to realize their hopes, dreams and life aspirations.
DSA has developed a strong volunteer program (100) to support social events, support groups, fundraising efforts and activities for school-age children, teens and adults. DSA is governed by an experienced Board of Directors who provides both parent and professional insight and expertise.
DSA primarily serves 1000 families in San Diego County annually through the information and referral line, support groups, conferences, workshops and social events. We provide direct services to approximately 3-5 families weekly who provide care and support to children and adults with Down syndrome.
The Down Syndrome Association of San Diego (DSA), a non-profit organization, was established in 1978 by families for the purpose of providing emotional support and sharing information and resources. The Family Support Program is invaluable in assisting individuals with Down syndrome and their families with unique education, healthcare and social issues. The Buddy Walk raises awareness about the issues impacting people with Down syndrome, underscoring the importance and value of programs, services and research, assisting individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential
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