With an occurrence rate of 1 in 691 births, Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition in the United States. Even so, a lack of awareness and accurate information leaves many families feeling isolated and overwhelmed. From the moment of birth, families are faced with a lifetime of choices and challenges beyond those they ever expected. The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida (DSACF) exists to help them navigate those obstacles and to make sure they know that they are never alone.
The DSACF supports individuals with Down syndrome and their families from the first congratulatory hospital visit. Early intervention therapy scholarships, potty training workshops, education support and preschool readiness summer camps are offered for children while adults are invited to participate in employment skills classes, independent living skills retreats and conferences with nationally recognized experts.
An accredited and award-winning not-for-profit association, the DSACF was founded in 1991 by parents of children with Down syndrome. It has grown from a few families to more than 1,500 individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The organization serves families in over 10 counties with help from more than 18,000 friends, professionals, volunteers and other supporters.
The DSACF is home to one of the nation’s largest Buddy Walk™ events, Step Up for Down Syndrome, which is held annually at Lake Eola Park with more than 8,000 participating walkers, vendors, and volunteers. It also hosts the annual Florida Down Syndrome Conference and the 2016 National Down Syndrome Congress Convention.
The leading voice for all individuals with Down syndrome and their families, the DSACF offers hope, encouragement and acceptance through advocacy, education and awareness to guide individuals with Down syndrome through life’s transitions. Together, the DSACF creates a Central Florida community composed of and dedicated to individuals with Down syndrome – and those who love them – so that each may realize their potential.
How you can help:
Give your time. The 2016 National Down Syndrome Congress Convention will be held July 21-24 and volunteers are needed. Visit www.dsacf.org for more info.
Give your treasure. Donate to fund our mission and sustain the community of support we have worked so hard to create.
Give up the R-word. Sign the pledge at www.r-word.org