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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. 

Join us on Sunday, October 19th at Centennial Olympic park for the 17th annual Buddy Walk Atlanta!

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Register your team or donate today at https://www.ds-stride.org/atlantabuddywalk!

People with Down syndrome, families and friends will walk a ½ mile route around Centennial Olympic Park where attendees enjoy live music, entertainment, games, bounce houses and many other family oriented activities.


D.A.D.S. will host their 4th Annual Golf Tournament at beautiful Bear's Best Atlanta in Suwanee on October 24th, 2014.

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Each golfer will receive lunch, dinner, and a goodie bag.  Spots sell out fast so grab yours today here!

Thanks to all the players and sponsors that continue to make this event a success.  In 2013 D.A.D.S raised over $20,000 at the tournament for a three year total of $46,000 for the Atlanta Down syndrome community.


DSAA will host its third annual Buddy Breakfast on September 18, 2014 from 7:30am - 9:30am.  The breakfast highlights the winners of our Buddy Awards, recognizing Atlantans who have made significant contributions to the education, awareness, advocacy or support of persons with Down syndrome in metro Atlanta.

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  • Upcoming events

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 06:30 PM
    Gigi's Playhouse in Atlanta, GA

    Board Meeting

    Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 09:30 AM · 25 rsvps
    Emory University Medical Education Bldg Rooms 153A and 170A *note directions listed

    Education Days

    New Parent Seminar from 9:30 to 1:30.  The following topics will be discussed:

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

    Concurrent session discussing different therapies from 9:30 to 1:30:

    • Vivian Galletly, M.A., CCC-SLP, speech pathologist and owner of Galletly Speech-Language Services, will present "Practical Strategies to Ensure Communicative Competence for Children with Down Syndrome."
    • Chastain Horse Park will discuss "Hippotherapy and Improving Gross Motor Behavior."

    *Please do not use a GPS, but rather follow the simple step by step directions below to the Emory Medical Education Building:

    Directions:

    From Interstate 20 Eastbound

    Take exit 60-B, the Moreland Avenue exit. Turn right on Moreland and follow it approximately 3 miles. Moreland will change to Briarcliff Road once it crosses Ponce de Leon Avenue. Continue straight on Briarcliff approximately 2 miles to North Decatur Road. Turn right and follow North Decatur approximately one mile to Clifton Road NE. Turn left onto Clifton Rd. NE and follow for approximately ½ a mile to Houston Mill Rd NE. Turn left onto Houston Mill Rd NE.  Now skip to the parking and walking directions below.  

    From Interstate 20 Westbound

    Take exit 60, the Moreland Avenue North exit. Turn right on Moreland and follow it approximately 3 miles. Moreland will change to Briarcliff Road once it crosses Ponce de Leon Avenue. Continue straight on Briarcliff approximately 2 miles to North Decatur Road. Turn right and follow North Decatur approximately one mile to Clifton Road NE. Turn left onto Clifton Rd. NE and follow for approximately ½ a mile to Houston Mill Rd NE. Turn left onto Houston Mill Rd NE.  Now skip to the parking and walking directions below. 

    From Interstate 75 North or South

    Take exit 248-C, the Freedom Parkway exit. Cross Boulevard; continue on Freedom Parkway; veer left at split; continue until it ends at Ponce de Leon Avenue; then turn right. Off Ponce, turn left on Briarcliff Road. Go approximately 2 miles to North Decatur Road. Turn right and follow North Decatur approximately one mile to Clifton Road NE. Turn left onto Clifton Rd. NE and follow for approximately ½ a mile to Houston Mill Rd NE. Turn left onto Houston Mill Rd NE.  Now skip to the parking and walking directions below.

    From Interstate 85 North

    To Emory from Interstate 85 North, take exit 248-C, the Freedom Parkway exit. Cross Boulevard; continue on Freedom Parkway; veer left at split; continue until it ends at Ponce de Leon Avenue; then turn right. Off Ponce, turn left on Briarcliff Road. Go approximately 2 miles to North Decatur Road. Turn right and follow North Decatur approximately one mile to Clifton Road NE. Turn left onto Clifton Rd. NE and follow for approximately ½ a mile to Houston Mill Rd NE. Turn left onto Houston Mill Rd NE.  Now skip to the parking and walking directions below. 

    From Interstate 85 South

    Take exit 91, the Clairmont Road exit. Turn left (east) on Clairmont and follow it approximately 3 miles to North Decatur Road. Turn right and follow North Decatur approximately one mile to Clifton Road NE. Turn right onto Clifton Rd. NE and follow for approximately ½ a mile to Houston Mill Rd NE. Turn left onto Houston Mill Rd NE.  Now skip to the parking and walking directions below. 

    Parking and Walking Directions:

    1) Go a short distance on Houston Mill Road and turn left into the parking deck that says "Staff and Student Parking."  It is right before a curve in the road, and the arms should be up (There is also a large green arrow pointing in to the parking deck).  You should be able to enter without taking a ticket.  

    2) Park on level 3 toward the back right corner of the deck.

    3) Exit the parking deck in a door in the back right corner that says "to Whitehead Human Genetics Building”

    4) Follow the walkway around the back side of the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building (NOTE: that railroad tracks are on your right)

    5) Once you get to a courtyard area, turn right to walk across a bridge and cross the railroad tracks.

    6) The Emory Medical Education is the first building on the left after the bridge.  

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