Chapter 7: Information Sources
Section 3: Specific Disabilities – Information Sources
Subsection: Down Syndrome
ACDS is dedicated to providing lifetime resources of exceptional quality, innovation and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities and their families.
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit. The purpose of the organization is aligned with its mission which is “raise awareness and provide resources, as well as promote acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome.”
The association’s programs include parent and educator workshops, new parent visitation and support, frequent parent to parent meetings, D.A.D.S group and an intern program for college students interested in working with children with disabilities. These programs are vital to communities because they educate a wide variety of individuals about the needs of children with Down syndrome.
The Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa (DSAT) is a non-profit organization that exists to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, their families and communities.
The Michael Fund works to raise sufficient funds through direct contributions to support an international pro-life genetic research program aimed at finding treatments for chromosomal disorders including Trisomy 21, the most common and non-inherited form of Down syndrome. They advocate and encourage efforts to improve the care, treatment, education, evaluation and habituation of children with Down syndrome and related chromosomal anomalies which result in mental retardation, to the benefit of themselves, their families, and communities. They serve as a defender of the rights of physically and mentally handicapped persons -- born and pre-born -- most especially the right-to-life upon which all other rights are predicated.
Their mission is to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of community life. They offer information, support, and advocacy.
The direct support they provide to families through the Parent Support Program, Mentoring Program, the Work Experience Program, and other individualized services is limited to the local area but they do have many other services that are available to a wider community, including conferences, products and publications, website and online discussion forum, and information about Down syndrome.
The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to an improved world for individuals with Down syndrome. The purpose of the NDSC is to promote the interests of people with Down syndrome and their families through advocacy, public awareness, and information.
The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.