Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville
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.


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

It's Time To Buddy Walk®

The DSAJ 12th Annual Buddy Walk® is Saturday, November 8th and we are ready to kick off the Buddy Walk fundraising season. We have prepared a menu of items that will be helpful as you begin. If you are interested in Sponsoring our Buddy Walk, Starting a Team or Join a Team click here to get started! We are here to assist you. Direct all inquiries to

*Clicking the icon above will direct you to the Buddy Walk online registration system.

DSAJ Weight Watchers

The DSAJ is proud to once again offer the Weight Watchers Approach to those with developmental disabilities. Join us for a 14 week program designed specifically for you. The cost is just $65.00. This session runs from 9/9/14–12/9/14. Click here to pay $65.00 fee. Click here for a detailed flyer.

Upcoming Events

DSAJ Soccer begins in October and runs through February. Dates to be confirmed soon. Click here to register!

Saturday, October 4th, from 4:30-7pm - Teen Group - Dave & Buster's (7025 Salisbury Rd, 32256) - Click here for all of the details - Please make sure to RSVP by Monday, Sept. 29th to reserve your spot. RSVP to:
There is a $5 cost to attend this social. You can pay though our website HERE notating October Teen Social in the comment box, or can bring with you the day of the event.

Saturday, October 11th, from 10am-12pm. Shining Stars are going to Tree Hill which is located at: 7152 Lone Star Road, Jax 32211. Click here to see the flyer.
Make sure to park in the EAST GATE lot, and head for the Amphitheater.
Please RSVP to: by Monday, Oct. 6th, with the number of children/youth and adults in your party.

Saturday, October 18th, from 10am - Noon - Lil' Stars - Party In The Park (Losco Park - 10931 Hood Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32257) - Click here for all of the details - No need to RSVP.

Saturday, October 25th, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm - Adult Group - Fall Dance (St. Paul's Catholic Church, 2609 Park Street, Jax 32204) - Click here for all of the details and make sure to complete the information section and bring with you to the dance.

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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

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.