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

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 buddywalk@dsaj.org.

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 19, 2014 - Adult Group Bowling Event from 3-5pm at Beach Bowl, located at 818 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 32250. See flyer. RSVP for this event by Wed, July 16th to Karen Prewitt.

July 25, 2014 - Teen Group Dinner and movie from 5:30pm - 9pm at Mellow Mushroom Tinseltown. See flyer. RSVP for this fun event by Mon, July 21st to Karen Prewitt.

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.

July 28, 2014 - LAST Basketball game of the season.

August 11, 2014 - Basketball banquet. More details coming soon. Save the date!

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.