Disability Considerations for Disaster Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and given the weather situation, it is a good time to remind ourselves to think ahead and prepare now.

National Preparedness Month is a good time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid; check your insurance policies and coverage for flood, earthquakes, and tornados; replenish or stock go bags and other emergency supplies; create or review your disaster plans. When disaster strikes, it is important you have planned what steps to take and reviewed them with your family.

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Become a Sponsor or Supporter for Our 21st Buddy Walk

We would like to invite your company to be a part of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta’s (DSAA) 21st Annual Buddy Walk®, a celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome.


The Buddy Walk® (BW) was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk is a day filled with fun family activities and it gives the families time to meet other families in similar situations. It is also a day to celebrate the accomplishments and abilities of individuals with Down Syndrome in our community.



Funds raised from past Buddy Walks have been used to fund a number of DSAA programs, including assistance to new parents; educational seminars; social events; monthly networking groups for moms and dads; and education materials and resources to the community. Last year, DSSA was a founding member of the Ga Down Syndrome Consortium which includes: Gigi’s Playhouse, Emory Down Syndrome Clinic, The Adult Disability Home and The National Down Syndrome Congress. This consortium will help us to serve the community in a more unified way. In the long run this will benefit the individuals that we serve in the most positive way.


Being a Buddy Walk sponsor is a great opportunity for your company to get recognition for supporting a worthy cause!


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The Down Syndrome Consortium is Building Bridges

Down Syndrome Consortium logoThe Down Syndrome Consortium consists of the DSAA, GiGi's Playhouse Atlanta, the National Down Syndrome Congress, the Emory Genetics Clinic, and the Adult Disability Medical Home. These organizations have committed to working together on various initiatives with the goal of bringing one strong voice of advocacy and awareness for Down Syndrome. Check out its progress!

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Congratulations to Our Buddy Walk T-shirt Design

Buddy Walk T-Shirt Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kristen Sisson for the winning design for the 2018 Buddy Walk Atlanta t-shirt. This will be printed on a black t-shirt. T-shirts are included with your advance online registration and "as available" for onsite registrations!

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Behind the Scenes at DSAA

We hope you had an amazing summer and are transitioning well into the back to school routine.


Sheryl Arno
This summer our D.A.D.S group continued to meet, we hosted a Mom's Night Out at GiGi's Playhouse, our networking groups held mom's night out and play date outings. I also had the pleasure of training 400 camp counselors at the beginning of the summer to help inclusive camps work with our children.e


In addition, I have represented the DSAA on the Down Syndrome Consortium. We are working together and partnering on a number of opportunities for our community! More to come! I also serve on the Inclusive Post Secondary Education Consortium where I am working to expand opportunities for students with Down syndrome in these programs. 

I talk with members of our community about their connection with DSAA, I realize most people are familiar with pillar events such as Buddy Walk, our holiday party, our summer social, our new parent workshops, our monthly DADS Group, our Hispanic Group, our community networking groups and social groups on Facebook, but most of you are unfamiliar with the day-to-day work we do to support our mission

A Look Behind the Scenes

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Help Design the T-shirt for Our 21st Annual Buddy Walk

Are you creative? Do you want to make your mark on Buddy Walk Atlanta? We invite you to submit your design ideas for the 21st Annual Buddy Walk Atlanta!

We are now taking submissions through June 30th for our contest to select the design for this year's Buddy Walk® t-shirt. 

Click this link for more information and the official rules.