Charity for Oct. 2- 7: Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis

Charity for Oct. 2- 7: Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis

What started out as a small group aiming to make a difference has turned in a large, far reaching organization with many of the same core values and goals.

Today the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis has a membership list of over 3,000 households including 1,800 individuals with Down syndrome. We have three core service areas: Awareness & Advocacy, Education and Family Support.

DSAGSL benefits the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families through a lifetime of support, education and advocacy. We envision a community where all people with Down syndrome can achieve their full potential. We are comprised of families, friends and professionals with this common interest. We know the joys and also understand the challenges of a child born with Down syndrome. We exist as an organization to encourage and support individuals with Down syndrome and their families on this journey.

Our Mission: The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis is to benefit the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families through individual and family support, education, public awareness and advocacy.

Our Vision: The vision of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis is to be the most comprehensive resource on Down syndrome. We envision a community where all people with Down syndrome can achieve their full potential.

Our Core Values:

  • We value the role of families in meeting the needs of people with Down syndrome.
  • We value the rights of people with Down syndrome to participate in decisions about their lives including having choices about where they live, learn, work and play.
  • We value equal access to a comprehensive array of health care services.
  • We value the importance of an informed and accepting community.
  • We value a well-informed membership and highly competent leadership.
  • We value excellence in services for all stages of life.
  • We value the diversity in our community, which will be reflected in our membership, board and services.
  • We value the contributions of our volunteers.
  • We value grass roots participation in public policy making.
  • We value research that is conducted within accepted human rights guidelines and focused upon improving quality of life.