The founding families of DSAW came together in 1990 to chart a new course for their children. For seven years, this group met in hospitals and libraries to discuss their hopes for their children. From these meetings, the DSAW we know today was born. There are more than 8,000 people in Wisconsin with Down syndrome. Over the course of the year, DSAW touches the lives of more than 4,000 of these individuals and their families through the provision of services, education, resources and support. DSAW is able to make a difference in thousands of lives because of the incredible support of our community. We are a 25 year-old volunteer driven organization – while we have only 2.5 staff members, we have more than 800 volunteers throughout the state!! It is their energy and passion that fuels our mission forward.