DSA is the lead organization on Down syndrome in San Diego County, serving more than 1000 families and professionals. Throughout the years, DSA has established numerous community partners who support and augment services for families, and enrich the lives of people with Down syndrome. DSA is actively engaged in key local, state and national initiatives, influencing policy and practices that impact health care, education and social service programs.
DSA offers a complimentary annual membership to “new” parents (recent diagnosis of Down syndrome, pre/post natal). We respect the individual values of members and strive to meet the diverse needs of families and individuals with Down syndrome. Services and events are free or low cost and include monthly informational meetings, conferences, workshops, support groups and social/recreational events.
The Family Support Network is invaluable in mentoring parents and people with Down syndrome to effectively advocate for quality education, healthcare, employment and social opportunities throughout the life span. DSA strives to empower families with knowledge and resources, enhancing opportunity for each person with Down syndrome to realize their hopes, dreams and life aspirations.
The Down Syndrome Association of San Diego envisions all people with Down syndrome will be afforded the same life opportunities, and will be valued and respected as contributing members of society.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and their families through support, education and advocacy.
Our goal is to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome in all aspects of life.
Our Core Values
- The Down Syndrome Association of San Diego envisions all people with Down syndrome will be afforded the same life opportunities, and will be valued and respected as contributing members of society.
- Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and their families through education, social and support programs.
- Our goal is to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome in all aspects of life.
- We value the inclusion of people with Down syndrome in all aspects of community life.
- We value high expectations with regard to the ability and full potential of people with Down syndrome.
- We respect the individual rights and values of people with Down syndrome.
- We believe that people with Down syndrome should be afforded the right to make decisions impacting their lives.
- We value and support the role of families in meeting the needs of people with Down syndrome.
- We value high standards and strive for excellence in the areas of health, education, research and public policy.
- There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
- Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition.
- One in every 733 babies is born with Down syndrome.
- Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
- Researchers are making great strides in identifying the genes on Chromosome 21 that cause the characteristics of Down syndrome. Many feel strongly that it will be possible to improve, correct or prevent many of the challenges associated with Down syndrome in the future.