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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. 

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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.


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

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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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  • Upcoming events

    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)

    WHAT:

    • 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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