Welcome to the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta

Our Mission is to educate stakeholders, unite our community, and build bridges between worlds, so that individuals with Down syndrome and their families are connected to opportunities for an amazing life.

Founded in 1979, The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta (DSAA) is a 501 (c)(3) Georgia non-profit organization dedicated to providing individuals with Down syndrome and their families life-long community connections. 

Due to the expected turbulent weather associated with Hurricane Nate, and with the safety and concern of our families, Buddywalklogo.jpgvolunteers,supporters and vendors, the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta (DSAA) Board of Directors has decided to cancel Buddy Walk Atlanta, which was scheduled for Sunday, October 8 from 1-5 pm at the International Plaza in Atlanta.

The DSAA Board wishes to express its sincere thanks to Executive Director Sheryl Arno and the 2017 Buddy Walk Co-chairs  IMG_1817b.JPGMeagan Nash and Norma Prescott for their dedication, hard work, and creativity in planning and preparing for the 20th Annual Buddy Walk.

"Meagan and Norma eagerly stepped up and agreed to co-chair Buddy Walk this year and brought new energy and ideas with every step," said Sheryl Arno, executive director of the DSAA. "Together, along with our volunteers and sponsors, they helped raise support and recognition for Down syndrome in Atlanta."


Welcome to the 20th annual Buddy Walk Atlanta!

Your participation makes a significant impact on the Down syndrome community of Atlanta. Funds raised from this annual event 2017_Sponsors_(2).jpgallow us to provide support to new parents, offer educational workshops and seminars, facilitate connections through social events and educate the Atlanta community on Down syndrome and advocate for inclusion and supports.

A special thank you goes out to our honorary guest Sean McElwee from the Emmy winning A&E show Born This Way. Be sure to say hello and stop by the photo booth the first 15 min of each hour. We are asking for a donation of any amount to use the photo booth to take pictures with him and the props.  Get all the important Buddy Walk logistics here!

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    Join the DSAA

    Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

    Experience the joy of friendship with people who understand your world, access resources and information vital to your journey, and take a stand to get the supports and rights you deserve. All memberships cover an entire household. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Down syndrome and new members are always welcome. Grandparents, extended family members, and educators are also welcome. For more information about our membership option, starting at $25 a year join today!

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    Spotlight: GCDD 2017 Advocacy Days

    Dates & Topics of 2017 Advocacy Days

    Time: All advocacy days will run from 8:30 AM till approximately 12:30 PM

    Location: Central Presbyterian Church across from the Georgia State Capitol at 201 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303


    January 18: Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Day

    February 1: DD Waivers Day 1

    February 7: DD Waivers Day 2

    February 23: Employment Day

    February 28: Enable Work and Families Day (Family Care Act, PeachWork, and Phillip Payne Personal Assistance Program)

    March 9: Home & Community Day (Elder & Disabled Abuse Registry, Offensive Language, Transportation, Residential Housing Study Committee)


    Daily Schedule Overview

    8:30 - 9:00     Arrival & Registration

    9:00 - 9:20     Welcome & Understand the Issue

    9:20 - 9:40     Demonstration of a visit with a legislator

    9:40 - 10:10     Break into teams to practice the legislative visit

    10:10 - 12:30     Go to the Capitol in teams to call legislators to the ropes

    12:30 approx.     Drop off legislative visit form to Dawn, Hanna or Stacey


    Questions? Problems Registering? Contact Hanna at 404.657.2124 or hanna.rosenfeld@gcdd.ga.gov


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  • Upcoming events

    Sunday, October 08, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Buddy Walk Atlanta 2017

    Save the Date for Buddy Walk on October 8, 2017

    It is our biggest event of the year. Every fall a few thousand of our families, friends, community and corporate partners gather to celebrate our community, our friendships, our accomplishments. We are working hard to make sure this year's Buddy Walk on October is the best yet. We have a new location this year, still conveniently located downtown at the International Plaza at the Georgia World Congress Center. 


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    DSAA is looking for Volunteers! 

    If you are interested in helping the DSAA grow, we could use you! Volunteer opportunities include:

    • Serving on a Buddy Walk committee - Buddy Walk is our largest fundraiser of the year!
    • Helping with fundraising
    • Participating in our First Call program  and being a resource to families with a new diagnosis
    • Creating new parent welcome kits
    • Helping to plan education seminars for parents
    • Helping  one of our community networking groups to plan programs out in the community
    • Using your business skills to help DSAA with our database, outreach, mailings, and more

    Got an idea? Let's here it! Contact Sheryl Arno at Sheryl.Arno@dsaatl.org.

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