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The primary mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles is to enhance the welfare of people with Down syndrome and their families through the development and promotion of education, counseling, employment and recreational programs. We strive to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.
For over 35 years the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA), a non-profit
organization, has been a resource center supporting close to 1,800 individuals with Down
syndrome and their families.
Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers works tirelessly to:
Provide members with up-to-date information about Down syndrome. We do this through our website, email blasts, support groups, trainings and conferences.
Advocate on behalf of individuals at both the local and national levels.
Train medical professionals and others who work with individuals with Down syndrome so they gain a better understanding of the issues facing our families.
Enrich the lives of individuals with Down syndrome by promoting opportunities for them to take an active part in their communities.
Our organization is a lifeline for new parents of children with Down syndrome. When they are
facing dramatic and unexpected changes to their lives, we connect them to other families, and
to community organizations that provide support, as well as vital information on educational,
medical and community services. Our Peer Counseling Service offers comfort and optimism to
approximately 80 new families annually.