Welcome to the Virginia Down Syndrome Association

find information, resources, care, and connection to a supportive and welcoming community.

Welcome to the Virginia Down Syndrome Association! We are glad you are here! We are a community of individuals with Down syndrome, their family members and caregivers, friends, and professionals all committed to creating a community where all individuals with Down syndrome are valued for their unique abilities and differences. Here you will find information, resources, care, and connection to a supportive and welcoming community.

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

Through education programs, conferences, webinars, and parent chats we educate individuals with Down syndrome, their caregivers, and members of our community about Down syndrome. Our education programming covers the lifespan, from early childhood development to IEPs, behavior management, waivers, employment resources, housing resources and more!

FAMILY SUPPORT

FAMILY SUPPORT

We believe individuals with Down syndrome are valuable members of our community who have an important contribution to offer. We provide opportunities, support, resources, and advocacy to support individuals with Down syndrome in achieving their full potential. We believe all individuals with Down syndrome are unique and celebrate the unique qualities and characteristics of everyone with Down syndrome in our community.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

We are a community within a community that celebrates and embraces individuals with Down syndrome. We listen, we learn, and we have fun! Together, we help each other every step of the journey.

Our Service Area

We proudly serve over 650 families across Greater Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, and the Central Shenandoah Valley and we look forward to welcoming you into our community.

A map showing all Virginia counties and cities. Counties across Greater Richmond, Williamsburg, Southern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and the Shenandoah Valley colored in blue color

If you do not live in our service area, we would love to help you get connected with one of the other Down Syndrome Associations in Virginia. If you are not in one of the Associations’ geographic areas, please reach out to us and we would be happy to be a resource for you.

An Indian woman kneeling next to her Indian daughter with Down syndrome looking at the camera and smiling.
“They have been helpful in me finding more things about how to advocate for my daughter, finding right medical help and many more things for which I am very grateful to them.  I am thankful to DSAGR* for organizing such events since that made it possible for me to connect to other moms having similar journey to mine. They say it takes an army to raise a child and I would consider them part of Saisha’s army.”
- Aparajita, mom to Saisha
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“One of the most important things I did was pick up the phone and get connected with Kim Owens, Education Director at DSAGR*. Her knowledge coupled with her passion for inclusion gave me the courage and connections to advocate for what I knew to be best for Everett and our family. I will forever be grateful that the DSAGR, and their connections, stood beside us; because of the actions of many, Everett is fully included and thriving in his neighborhood school.”
- Jessica, mother to Everett
A white father stands with his two white sons, all smiling, in front of a blue and yellow balloon arch at an outdoor festival.
“Two weeks after David was born, we received his Down syndrome diagnosis. Having a lot of questions and even more anxiety, I contacted the DADS group at DSAGR*. That very same day, another Dad contacted me, and in the process shared his own positive experience of parenting a child with Down syndrome. He encouraged me to attend the next DADS meet-up, and I’ve been involved ever since. The DADS group is friendly, inclusive, and incredibly knowledgeable, with years of experience and advice that’s always willingly shared.”
- Billy, father to David

*VDSA was formerly known as DSAGR

Calendar and News

Events and Publications

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River City Inclusive Gym (Ages 2-12)

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Hike at Deep Run Park (Ages 6-12)

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Golf Tournament by Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome

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Recognizing Mental Health Concerns in Adults with Down Syndrome

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Junior Volunteer Academy

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Art and Play in the Park – (Ages baby to 12 years old)

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Join Step UP Singers to perform at Holiday Party! Ages 18+

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Black Family Support Group

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Navigating the Holidays with Diagnosis+

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Charlottesville Family Holiday Party

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