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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. 

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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Did you join us for the Inaugural WDSD Color Dash?  Download family and event photos at no charge here

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As the last of the winter weather moves out, it’s time to take advantage of all the great activities Atlanta has to offer!  Click here for a list of family friendly events across the metro.  

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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, April 08, 2015 at 06:30 PM
    DLA Piper in Atlanta, GA

    Board Meeting

    Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 09:00 AM · 18 rsvps
    Whitehead Biomedical Research Building *note directions above - please do not use a GPS

    Education Days April 2015 Session A

    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 our New Parent Seminar. We hope to provide both clinical information and research updates to families while having research opportunities available as well. The seminars will be in the morning and families will be able to sign up for research time slots for that afternoon.

    Tentative agenda for April 18th  Research Awareness Weekend
    Whitehead Biodmedical Research Building Auditorium

    9:00-9:15             Registration and continental breakfast

    9:15-9:20             Welcome

    9:20-9:40             Dr. Sonja Rasmussen "Down Syndrome: Perspectives of a Sibling and Medical Researcher"

    9:40-10:00           Dr. Jerry Wu “Development and early intervention in children with Down syndrome”

    10:00-10:20         Cardiologist TBD

    10:20- 10:40        Break with snacks

    10:40-11:00         Endocrinologist TBD

    11:00-11:20         Dr. Melissa Statham, Atlanta Children's ENT

    11:20-11:40         Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, GI Care for Kids

    11:40-12:00         Break

    12:00-12:30         Q&A panel with presenters

    12:30                    Closing remarks from NDSS                 

    *We will have lunch upstairs for anyone that is participating in afternoon research.

    *Please RSVP by April 10.

    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”

     

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