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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. 

For the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day (March 21), and in honor of the 21st anniversary of the "International Year of the Family", this year's WDSD conference at the United Nations will focus on the role of families, and the positive contribution they make toward full and equal rights for people with Down syndrome.

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In your own communities, we want to promote "Random Acts of Kindness!" in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.  In collaboration with six other national Down syndrome organizations in the United States (Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, International Down Syndrome Coalition, International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, Lumind Foundation, National Down Syndrome Society), we have created a toolkit for WDSD 2015 that you can use to share information about Down syndrome with your community, celebrate people with Down syndrome, and spread a little love and kindness in the name of Down syndrome!


The Down Syndrome Center at Emory is working with the NDSS to host several Research Awareness Weekends throughout the United States. We are excited to announce that the very first one will be here in Atlanta on April 18th in conjunction with DSAA! RSVP here by April 10, 2015.

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The event will provide both clinical information and research updates to families while having research opportunities available as well.  The seminar will take place Saturday morning and families will be able to sign up for research time slots Saturday afternoon.  The tentative agenda can be found by clicking through, or for more information email us at info@dsaatl.org.

 

 

 


It’s Advocacy Season in Georgia: Join DSAA at Disability Day 2015!

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9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Thursday, March 05, 2015

Register today here!

NEW LOCATION - LIBERTY PLAZA - an outdoor area adjacent to the State Capitol located at Capitol Avenue & MLK, Jr. Dr., Atlanta, GA 30303


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    Spotlight Advocacy 2015

    In case you haven’t heard, President Obama signed the ABLE Act into law. This means we will be able to create tax-free savings accounts for our loved ones who have special needs. The savings in these accounts can help pay for disability-related expenses, such as education, housing, medical and transportation. Thank you to all of you who contacted your Representatives and Senators to request their support.

    We are now asking you to make one more ABLE Act call – to Governor Deal. We need to make sure 529 ABLE plans are available in Georgia, and Gov. Deal is the one who can make this happen. You can reach his office at 404-656-1776.

    To learn the latest about these issues and others, watch your email for updates from DSAA and subscribe to GCDD’s new, electronic-only newsletter, Public Policy for the People, which GCDD will distribute approximately every other week during the legislative session and quarterly during the rest of the year. More information is available here.

     

     

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  • Upcoming events

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 06:30 PM
    DLA Piper in Atlanta, GA

    Board Meeting

    Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 07:00 AM
    Blackburn Park in Brookhaven , GA

    WDSD Color Dash

    The COLOR DASH is coming to Atlanta 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!


    When: Saturday, Match 21st, 2015
    Doors "open" at 7:00 am , race kicks off at 9am
    Cost: $40 per runner, all proceeds benefit DSAA
    Volunteers: Free, we need you!  Email us at info@dsaatl.org.

    Join the fun, register today here

    What's a Color Dash?
    You will want to start the race with a shirt as clean and white as the first Minnesota snow, but we will make sure that you soak up such a great deal of color that you may just end up being colored for life. Don’t be surprised if you even end up looking like a leprechaun that has tripped into that huge rainbow of color that he’s always searching for. It may be enough to get your feet moving and dance it off at the end of the DASH -- whatever you do, let the colors move you!

    We will warn you that even though you will start out as clean as a bar of soap, it will not last for long. As the DASH continues 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...so much in fact, that you will wonder if Iris sent Zeus himself to deliver the message.

    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?
    Now, now, we know you probably think you will actually be dashing through real rainbow dust –- and no, there will be no leprechauns or pots of gold at the end of the Dash, so don’t even ask.

    But let’s clear this up. This isn’t something too good to be true. 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.

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