baby with Down syndrome in pink dress

PURPOSE

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

smiling young man with Down syndrome wearing a green t-shirt

MISSION

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

child with Down syndrome wearing hat and in suit and tie carrying a suitcase

VISION

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

little girl with Down syndrome laughing

VALUES

Hope
Respect
Empowerment
Inclusion
& Joy

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 their first slate of officers and committees as the gr​oup 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.

2003

The first annual Audrey’s Day at the Beach at Rockport is organized by Bill & Jackie Shockley in memory of their granddaughter.

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.