Mission & History

The mission of the DSASTX is to provide lifelong services and support to children and adults with Down syndrome and their  families in South Texas to optimize well-being, develop rewarding relationships, and foster  inclusion in the community.

Purpose

Purpose

Empower and support individuals with Down syndrome and their families to access resources, engage with their community, and  progress toward self-actualization.

Mission

Mission

Provide lifelong services and support to children and adults with Down syndrome and their  families in South Texas in order to optimize well-being, develop rewarding relationships, and foster  inclusion in the community.

Vision

Vision

Every person with Down syndrome will achieve their fullest potential and live their best life.

Values

Values

Hope

Respect

Empowerment

Inclusion

& Joy

In 1994, a group of concerned parents raising children with Down syndrome reached out to one another for support. They started meeting in their living rooms to exchange resources, share stories, and build relationships, hoping to provide a better future for their children. These relationships and connections have become an integral part of our organization's values, providing encouragement and support for people with Down syndrome and their families.

1994

Six families that have children with Down syndrome who are receiving ECI services at Brighton get together in a living room to begin the Down Syndrome Support Group of San Antonio (DSSGSA).

1998

DSSGSA forms its first slate of officers and committees as the group continues to grow.

1999

Our first website is created and a quarterly newsletter goes out to all members.

2001

Our first Buddy Walk is held at Eisenhower Park.

2003

The DSA becomes an official non-profit organization, 501(c)3.  The First Board of Directors is developed. A new logo, brochure, and website are created. Over 300 families with children with Down syndrome are members.

2014

The DSASTX hosts the inaugural HUGS Gala.

2017

In February, the DSASTX hosts the grand opening of our new location at 1127 Patricia Ave. offering greater space for indoor and outdoor programs and events.

2019

The DSASTX premiers its newest fundraising event in March, the Collective Palette: A Blend of Cuisine and Color where local chefs and artists come together to raise funds for our organization.

2020

The DSASTX pivots to all virtual programming and events due to COVID-19.

TODAY

A thriving nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget of over half a million dollars with four employees and a 4600 sq. ft. facility. We serve over 1275 individuals and families.