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. 

The DSAA board is pleased to announce the selection of Sheryl Arno as our new Executive Director. Sheryl has over twenty-five years of service in the field of developmental disability and her vast experience will help advance the efforts of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta to provide new opportunities for education, connections, and programming. Sheryl is a forward-looking leader who has consistently paved the way for appropriate supports, acceptance, and inclusion throughout her career; and we welcome her to the DSAA. Read more!


18342536_10154604792291009_466408737772686116_n.jpgOn May 8, the governor signed HB 343, which removes "mental retardation" in GA code and replaces it with "intellectual disabilities." our new This was the first bill sponsored by Senator Scott Hilton, who is a past DSAA board president and active member of DSAA. Scott was joined by Sheryl Arno, board member Todd Hartle,  and other advocates to mark the occasion.

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    Join the DSAA

    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, June 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM
    Jennifer Sheran in Atlanta, GA

    DSAA Summer Picnic at Hammond Park

    Come meet Sheryl Arno the new Executive Director.
    Enjoy family fitness and games with Michael Stinson.
    Dance to music by Sammy Rosenberg.
    DSAA will provide the hot dogs and hamburgers and drinks. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.

    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.

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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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