The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin's mission is to provide support to Wisconsin families and individuals with Down syndrome through awareness, education, information, programs, services, and the exchange of ideas and experiences. We promote the value of those with Down syndrome in our lives and our communities. We continually strive toward full acceptance, full access, full potential and a full life to make Wisconsin the best supported state for people with Down syndrome and their loved ones.
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 5,500 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 volunteer-driven organization – we have more than 800 volunteers throughout the state! It is their energy and passion that fuels our mission forward.
To continue to meet the needs across the state, DSAW unveiled a new fraternal support model in 2016 with four levels: Individual, Parent Support Groups, Regional Committees, and Chapters. No matter where someone lives in Wisconsin, DSAW can provide them resources and support on their journey. This innovative model helps us to reach even those in far-reaching rural counties with little or no other supports available to them. Because of this, DSAW has the potential to reach every person with Down syndrome in the state of Wisconsin! Whether it’s the scared young couple who has just received a diagnosis and fears the unknown; or the families who need support with potty training, learning how to ride a bike, and navigating the public school system; or those who need help transitioning from high-school to adulthood – DSAW is there.