History

The Down Syndrome Community began over thirty years ago, in 1988, when a small group of parents began meeting on a regular basis to support each other in raising a child with Down syndrome. The first meeting drew parents from Federal Way to Woodinville.

On March 23, 1998 DSC became a Washington Nonprofit Corporation, complete with bylaws. Five years later, on September 19, 2003, the DSC became recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Over the most recent 15 years, the DSC continued to honor its humble beginnings by holding annual social events, offering numerous conferences, continuing to work closely with local and national organizations on education and advocacy, refreshing our new parent initiatives, and co-sponsoring many great events. Having reached a critical mass financially, the DSC began a significant restructuring in 2015 in order to more equitably and effectively offer a comprehensive vision that includes public outreach, self-advocacy, and community groups in addition to our traditional strengths of education and community events.