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LATEST DSC NEWS

The Learning Program

Get a jump start on your child’s education! The Learning Program is an education series focused on early literacy and numeracy for children with Down syndrome. Developed by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County, researchers, educators, and therapists, this innovative program looks to improve the overall development and academic success of all children with Down syndrome. We just completed our second year of offering this program and we are excited to be entering our third year and adding a new level!

Our mission is to provide impactful programs and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families while evolving perceptions in the broader community.

 

We’ve been building this community in the Puget Sound region for over 25 years. Five core efforts define our vision and guide how we serve and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome:

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Outreach

Our First Call program welcomes new and expecting parents by providing accurate, up-to-date information and parent mentors. Support starts at diagnosis and continues from infancy through adulthood. Our help line gives you immediate access to our deep store of experience and connections.

Community Events

The biggest party of the year happens every October at the Puget Sound Buddy Walk. We also host fun networking events throughout the year, and team up with other organizations when opportunities arise to bring you spontaneous events.

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Community Groups

We sponsor age-based social groups across the region through our DSC Friends program. Our affiliate groups include D.A.D.S. of Puget Sound, The U.P.S.I.D.E., and Whidbey Island. We foster relationships with national and local nonprofits who also support individuals with Down syndrome, such as NDSS, NDSC, the Arc and IDSC.

Public Education & Advocacy

We offer annual conferences, various speaker events, and educational programs, such as the Learning Program. We continually educate the public and our membership on issues of interest to the special needs community.

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Self-Advocacy

As people near adulthood, they become more interested in affecting the world around them. We strive to offer both opportunities for enrichment and growth as well as occasions for advocacy—all intended to create strong, lifelong self-advocates.