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!


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

Saturday, March 18, 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, January 21, 2017 at 08:00 AM

    2017 FOCUS/DSAA Education Conference

    Conference Overview: After a child is diagnosed with a significant developmental or physical disability, families need resources and information. The annual FOCUS Education Conference invites professionals to speak on various topics to help parents (and other professionals) find the information they need! Representatives from community agencies will exhibit so participants can learn about services, such as respite care, therapy groups, assistive technology, and adapted equipment. Parents enjoy a day of networking with professionals, community agencies, and other parents and learn valuable information to help their child…..and their family.

    Conference Registration: Please register by January 16, 2017. Late registrations are accepted on a space-available basis. Sorry, no childcare is available.

    Registration Fees – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
    Parent - $15
    Couple - $20
    Professional - $50

    Questions? Contact Annie at 770-234-9111 or annie@focus-ga.org.

    Registration and Exhibits Open 8:00-9:00 am
    Keynote Address The Gift of Rest – Dr. Zarat Boyd 9:00-10:00 am
    Exhibits Open 10:00-10:30 am

    IEPs – Janet Haury
    Staying Connected With Your Spouse – Debra McElhaney
    Potty Training – Dr. Sara Mahen
    Seizures 101 – Dr. Robert Flamini
    10:45 am-12:15 pm

    Lunch (provided), Exhibits Open, AADD Ambassadors 12:30-1:20 pm

    Behavior Management – Rebecca McDonald
    Wills & Special Needs Trusts – DJ Jeyaram
    Transition Panel – LuRae Ahrendt
    1:30-3:00 pm

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