Who They Are
The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati is to empower individuals, educate families, enhance communities, and celebrate the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome.
The DSAGC is a 501C-3 non-profit organization established in 1981 with a history of responding to the changing needs of individuals with Down syndrome.
What They Do
The DSAGC provides support and resources to families from the moment of diagnosis (prenatally or after birth) through adulthood. Their programs focus on therapeutic, life skills, recreational, educational and social opportunities for all ages- everything from playgroups, yoga in the park, cheer and dance, martial arts, fitness, and cooking. The DSAGC also offers social clubs, independent living retreats, bike camps, and training for employment.
How You Can Help
Help us paint the town blue and yellow to show support for the virtual DSAGC Buddy Walk!! Our $1,000 donation for the Buddy Walk and DSAGC will go through team Jilly’s Jellybeans (one of Colleen’s best friend’s sister)
The DSAGC is funded primarily through special events, such as the Buddy Walk. DSAGC is self-sustaining. They are not affiliated with United Way or any other funding source. The funds they raise remain in our local community.
If you would like to donate to this great organization, please click the link below.
No act of generosity is too small to make a difference!
Facts About Down Syndrome
Information from the National Down Syndrome Society
- Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
- The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
- People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.
- A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are: low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.
- Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades – from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.
- People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, have meaningful relationships, vote and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.
- All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.
- Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.