DSAW La Crosse

Who we are

The Down Syndrome Association of WI – Children of the Heart – Greater La Crosse Area is proud to serve as a resource to families in La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, Juneau, and Adams Counties in Wisconsin. Due to our close proximity to our neighboring states, we also provide resources to families in Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa. To start a Parent Support Group, Coffee Club, or other fraternal group near you, please email us!

Our vision is that we all understand the value of those with Down syndrome in our lives and our communities. We continually strive toward full acceptance, full access, full life and full potential.

DSAW-COTH-GLA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization under the umbrella of Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin. Donations are tax-deductable and will be used in the greater LaCrosse area.

What we offer

FRATERNAL SUPPORT & PROGRAMMING Our chapter offers regular support through a variety of programs and events, from Parents Nights Out to playdates and other fun get-togethers. We are always looking for parents to help plan an event or start a Parent Support group near them. Contact Rose for more information. 

PARENT'S FIRST CALL We offer information about Down syndrome for new and expectant parents; the opportunity to talk with other parents about emotions and questions; support groups; assistance navigating medical and early intervention services; referrals to local and national resources, and much more.  We offer a hotline and email address for new and expectant parents to receive immediate information, and we send prenatal parent packs and welcome baskets, too!

MEDICAL TRAINING Recent advancements in prenatal testing have resulted in skyrocketing termination rates for fetuses with Down syndrome as balanced and unbiased information struggles to keep pace. DSAW conducts continuous statewide medical trainings and webinars, provides gold star resources and state-specific resources for medical professionals and the public, and engages in statewide marketing campaigns to educate the public on the importance of individuals with Down syndrome.

DSAW-FAMILY SERVICES DSAW-FS provides private, public, and IRIS (Include Respect I Self-Direct) supported services to adults and young adults with Down syndrome, other disabilities and their families to achieve a full and independent life in the community. DSAW-FS focuses on individualized, customized solutions to help any person in the state of Wisconsin overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. Services include: personalized goal development; identification of benefits, housing, employment, transportation and caregiving assistance to achieve our client’s goals; crisis and back-up support; budget coordination and implementation of the final support plan; as well as social connections and support circles. DSAW-FS also specializes in one-on-one Roadmap Sessions.

EDUCATION We offer educational resources to help families, medical professionals, workplaces, students, and the general public learn more about topics related to Down syndrome. Our educational programs include Workplace / Peer Sensitivity Training; seminars, conferences, and teacher in-services; webinars on various topics; and the DSAW Speakers Series.

AWARENESS We work to raise awareness and promote inclusion, diversity and acceptance of people with Down syndrome in our communities and in our lives. We do this through our annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk, our resource directoryParent's First Call Program, and mass communications strategies to raise awareness of Down syndrome in Wisconsin.

ADVOCACY We work hard to make sure that the voices of individuals with Down syndrome and all disabilities are heard throughout Wisconsin. DSAW is a member of several statewide Down syndrome and disability advocacy groups and regularly works to mobilize DSAW members to support changes in our state that will support individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs.

FINANCIAL We provide member grants for local families in need who would like to participate in conferences and educational programs, as well as provide funding for approved activities. If you are a member of DSAW, you are eligible to apply. Click here to access the online application.

Upcoming Events

Down Syndrome Awareness Walk

Our 2016 Down Syndrome Awareness Walk was held on September 17, 2016. Thank you to our participants, donors, sponsors, and other partners: we LOVE you! Stay tuned for more details on the 2017 walk.

Contact Us

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PO Box 796
Onalaska, WI 54650

(414) 327-3729