Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville
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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

Down At The Dock Derby!

This event is limited to those with Down syndrome ages 10 & up and to their siblings ages 10-15. The Jacksonville Marine Charities has offered to host a fishing derby and lunch for the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. There is NO CHARGE for this event but the age limits are mandatory. This event will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 which is the week before the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament at Sisters Creek off of Heckscher Drive. Lunch will be served at 11:30am and the Fishing Derby will be from 12:30-2PM. There are only 50 spots for the dock. This is FIRST COME; FIRST SERVED. You must click here to print and complete a registration for EACH person fishing. DEADLINE is July 11, 2014. You may scan your document and email it to Jennie Ponder or mail it to 630 May Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Each registrant will receive a captain's bag, a fishing rod & bait. YOU MUST plan to come with your registrant. Your registrant must wear a life jacket. Volunteers will be on the dock to assist. Register today! Let's fill up the dock and show Jacksonville Marine Charities how grateful we are for their generosity. There are many charities they could've chosen.

STARZ Cheerleading - Registration open until August 1st (NO EXCEPTIONS)

STARZ Cheerleading is for boys and girls ages 8 - 18. The season runs August 2014 - March 2015. Mandatory parent Tuesday, August 19th at 6pm. Registration is $25.00. Practices are held Tuesday evenings from 6pm - 7pm at Hope Haven's gym. The deadline to register is August 1st. NO EXCEPTIONS. Click here to view flyer. Click here to register and pay online.

Upcoming Events

July 19, 2014 - Shining Stars event at Adventure Landing on Beach Blvd. from 1pm-3pm. See flyer. RSVP by Monday, July 14th to Karen Prewitt in order to save your spot.

July 26, 2014 - Lil' Stars event at Little Gym (4479 US Highway 17, Suite 4, Orange Park 32003) from 2pm-4pm. See flyer. RSVP with the number in your party to Karen Prewitt by Monday, July 21st so we can let them know how many to expect.

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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
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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.