Rarely does inspiration come in a single defined moment of clarity where all your thoughts are defined into a single goal; become an advocate is one of those rare moments. For me, it occurred at 0900 on September 6th, 1996. Most parents would agree that your world changes when you have kids. When you have a child that needs an advocate that is exactly what happens…
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.
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.
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.
We offer bi-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 our community.
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.