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. 

Join us for the 20th Annual 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 and offer support to our community. We are working hard to make sure this year's Buddy Walk® is the best yet. It kicks-off on October 8th at our new location at the International Plaza at the Georgia World Congress Center. Find out everything you need to know about this year's Buddy Walk!



Be a part of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta’s (DSAA) 20th Annual Buddy Walk®, a celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome. We need your support!

Being a Buddy Walk sponsor is a great opportunity for your company to invest in the community, team build with your staff, and get recognition for supporting a worthy cause! We hope you will choose to help promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in our community. Your involvement will help make this year’s Buddy Walk a spectacular celebration. Contact Sheryl@dsaatl.org to become a sponsor. 


stage_2015.jpgAre you a therapist, organization providing services for people with special needs, educational program or provider?  

Do you offer products or services that would make a difference for our families?

Reserve a table at our Resource Fair during Buddy Walk for $25. Products may not be sold during Buddy Walk, but you can offer a giveaway or raffle item. Contact Sheryl@dsaatl.org for more information.

We hope to see you out there on October 8th! Register Here Now or Make a Donation!



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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

    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.

    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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