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. 


As many of you know, former DSAA Executive Director Vanessa Champlin and her family have made the move to North Carolina.  Click here to hear from Vanessa directly and also learn what great things are in store for DSAA in 2017 from board president John Ducat.

The 3rd annual COLOR DASH is coming back to Atlanta with a hurricane of color to help raise awareness of Down syndrome and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!  Register here today!!


Registration is $40 (discounts are offered for multiple registrants in the same household) and includes a race bib, tattoo, color packet and t-shirt.  

Saturday, March 11, Blackburn Park in Brookhaven, 7:00 am check in, race starts at 9:00.

Tuesday 21 March 2017 marks the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day!


Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

In 2017, we will focus on enabling people with Down syndrome (and those who advocate for them) to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to ensure that they can be included, on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.

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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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    Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 07:00 AM
    Blackburn Park in Brookhaven, GA

    3rd Annual Color Dash

    The COLOR DASH is coming to Atlanta again with a hurricane of color that will turn you into a tie-dyed movement of bliss - all to help raise awareness of Down syndrome and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!

    Join DSAA for our third annual Color Dash 5k at Blackburn Park in Brookhaven, GA on Saturday, March 11, register today here!


    When: Saturday, Match 11th, 2017

    Where: Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319
    Doors "open" at 7:00 am, race kicks off at 9am
    Cost: $40 per runner, all proceeds benefit DSAA 
    Volunteers: We need you!  Email us at info@dsaatl.org.

    What's a Color Dash?
    You will want to start the race with a clean, white shirt, but by the end of the race you will be covered in various colors.

    As you move through the dash, you will find yourself being covered in a spectrum of colors: blue, green, pink, orange and yellow. At each kilometer during the DASH a new color explosion will add to the clean slate that you once were, until you come to the finish line and arrive into a final explosion of colors.

    Now, we know that running isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we encourage you to change it up! Rather than dashing away from something, try dashing TOWARDS something this year. Just COLOR DASH. Not for any reason. Dash for fun. Just Dash, because, or even better, Dash to raise awareness and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!

    What’s in that color – is it safe?
    The color is a non-toxic, non-irritating, food-grade colored corn-starch. Processed right here in the rockin’ United States of America. So running, walking, crawling or rolling through this spectacular show of color and laughter may in fact change your perspective but not your level of wellness.

    Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 09:30 AM
    FOCUS Offices in Atlanta, GA

    September New Parent Seminar

    WHEN: September 16, from 9:30am - 1:30pm

    WHERE: FOCUS Offices (3825 Presidential Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30340)


    • DSAA parents will share some helpful resources and encouraging stories
    • Dr. Talboy from the Emory Clinic will discuss medical and developmental issues for infants with Down syndrome.
    • Debbie Dobbs, M.S, will discuss applying for the Deeming Waiver.
    • Scott Jefferies, CLU, CFP, will discuss financial planning for families of children with special needs.

    RSVP by calling FOCUS at 770-234-9111 or email Elizabeth@focus-ga.org

    *Note a light breakfast will be included.

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