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The 16th annual Down Syndrome of Houston Buddy Walk campaign is in full swing!
1- To promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
2- To locally raise funds for DSAH and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs.
3- To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice.
About the Down Syndrome Association of Houston
The Down Syndrome Association of Houston's (DSAH) mission is to create awareness and acceptance of children and adults with Down syndrome through advocacy, socialization, education and medical outreach. DSAH envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome (DS) have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become accepted as a wonderfully normal part of a very diverse community.
Each year, DSAH continues to promote awareness through community outreach programs, monthly support meetings, semi annual educational conferences, and social events for the DS community. DSAH has been a part of the Houston community for over 40 years and has assisted thousands of families by offering support to new parents of babies with DS, assisting parents with challenges related to medical, therapeutic and educational issues, and working with educators and medical professionals. DSAH is committed to improving the lives and opportunities afforded to all persons with Down syndrome.
DSAH reached significant milestones in 2007, when it partnered with Texas Children’s Hospital to open The Down Syndrome Clinic, a facility aimed at ensuring that all children with DS are receiving the proper medical care and the necessary therapies. About the same time, DSAH opened the Down Syndrome Resource Center with the goal of continuing to expand its programs, and accomplished that by adding a multitude of services for babies, toddlers, youth and adults.Since opening the doors at the Down Syndrome Resource Center, DSAH has added many programs such as Gymboree for babies, Music Therapy, New Baby Gift Baskets for newborns, New Beginnings for babies 0 to 6 months, Potty Training seminars, Smart Start, Summer Camps and more. DSAH has also added an adapted ballet class in partnership with the Houston Ballet as well as developed a five Day Program for adults with Down syndrome. All this in addition to the various events already happening, such as Teen and Adult Dances, The Annual Pool Party, the World Down Syndrome Day Celebration, The Annual Holiday Party, Camp for All Weekend and of course, the Annual Houston Buddy Walk. Visit www.dsah.org for more information.