Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville
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About DSAJ

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Our Mission

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (DSAJ) is a non-profit organization committed to helping people with Down syndrome achieve their full potential and to helping create a community that is educated, supportive, and inclusive of individuals with Down syndrome.

Vision Statement

We envision a community where all people with Down syndrome are actively included, given opportunities to participate and contribute as valued citizens, and have the choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success.

History

In 1989, the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville was founded by a handful of families who recognized the need to have a support group in the Jacksonville community. The focus was, and continues to be, to provide awareness and education and to help individuals with Down syndrome reach their potential. Our association has continued to grow with over 1,500 individuals, families and community members.

Current Events

Upcoming Events

Get Ready for a Party!

Our DSAJ World Down Syndrome Day celebration happens on Friday, March 20th. Join us for dinner, dancing and silent auction. Click here for more information and to register online.

DSAJ Northern Stars are celebrating WDSD too!

Please join us on Saturday, March 21st for our Awareness Walk. Wear your blue and yellow, and meet at the Balfour Beatty Community Center, 16 Wren Court, St. Mary's GA, 31558 at 10am. Snacks and fun afterwards. View the flyer here. RSVP to: Karen Prewitt by Monday, March 16th.

FREE Conference.

Connecting the Dots Conference April 11th, 2015, from 8-4pm. Featuring Kathie Snow ("Disability is Natural"). Spots are limited. Click here to view the flyer. Click here to register.

DSAJ Wellness & Fitness Program starts back up Tuesday, January 20th, from 3:30-5pm. The program will run through May 19th. Click here to view the flyer - Click here to Pay

DSAJ Basketball leagues have begun! Register here

DSAJ Lil and Shining Stars - our annual Egg Hunt happens on Saturday, March 28th, beginning at 10am. We will meet at the Deerwood Country Club Community Center for games, crafts, picnic lunch and the Egg Hunt with Mr. Bunny. View the flyer here. RSVP to: Karen Prewitt by Monday, March 23rd.

Save the Dates for upcoming events, more information coming soon!

Friday, May 29th-our annual DSAJ Golf Classic

Saturday, Nov. 7th-our annual DSAJ Buddy Walk!

View Full Calendar Here

 

Professional Resources
Information for PhysiciansNDSC

The National Down Syndrome Congress has created a guide to assist physicians facing the challenge of informing parents that a child has or may have Down syndrome. For this invaluable guide,
click here
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Information Packets are Available

Informational packets for parents are provided by the DSAJ at all local Jacksonville hospitals. These packets offer local resource information as well as valuable support information. They are available on the Obstetrics floor of the hospital. You may also contact us at 904.353.6300 or email us to have one delivered directly to you.

Presentations to Medical Community

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville gives presentations to the medical community on best practices for delivering the diagnosis of Down syndrome. We would be glad to present to you and your staff. Please contact us if you are interested.

Sharing the News

Download our Sharing the News brochure here. This may be helpful to you and your staff.