What We Do

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Supporting Our Members

Individuals with Down syndrome and their families benefit from a wide array of services and supports. The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta offers a variety of programs and partnerships to support families.

The First Call Ambassadors program

  • provides information to medical providers about prenatal testing and how to share a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome with expectant parents as well as information specifically designed for expectant parents themselves
  • ensures that families of newborns with Down syndrome receive accurate, updated information about Down syndrome and additional resources from the birth hospital.
  • connects DSAA parents with new parents who want to meet a parent who has a child with Down syndrome.

Metro Atlanta Connection

Local networking support groups in communities throughout the metro Atlanta area and supports the local D.A.D.S. chapter to offer opportunities for play groups, parent education, fundraising, and community-based social events. These mini associations are the key to helping DSAA serve the large Atlanta metro area.

Events

The DSAA also offers social and educational events for the entire membership throughout the year. 2017 events include:

  • Education Days
  • Spring Social
  • iCan Bike
  • Summer BBQ
  • Buddy Walk
  • Holiday Party

Partnerships

The DSAA provides financial support to the Emory Down Syndrome Clinic in the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University to help maintain a comprehensive clinic that serves children newborn to age seven.

DSAA significantly supports the Adult Disability Medical Home (ADMH) formerly named the Adult Down Syndrome Program, which offers comprehensive clinical and consultative services to adolescents and adults with Down syndrome and their families.

The DSAA also provides financial support to Gigi's Playhouse in Atlanta, an awareness center that provides resources, specialized teaching (i.e. reading, writing, and math tutoring), and support to individuals with Down Syndrome, their families, and the community. All of the programs are free to Gigi's families and are therapeutic in nature. You can learn more about Gigi's Playhouse at their website: .

The DSAA DADS Annual Golf Tournament has been an on-going supporter of Corrigan Care, who provides affordable, developmentally appropriate care to children with special needs and support for their families. Services currently include weekly Mom’s Morning Out for children with special needs, and monthly Respite Nights.