Creating a world that welcomes all

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas provides education, support, and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, professionals, and the general community.

Donations from the community enable us to provide life-changing programs:

Social & Recreation Programs
We provide social opportunities through our six social groups and ongoing recreation programs with a wide range of activities like line dancing, kayaking, and art.
Education Outreach
We offer training, webinars and conferences to educators across Central Texas to help create more inclusive learning environments
Medical Outreach
We present for hospitals, clinics, and other medical organizations to inform best practices on delivering Down syndrome diagnoses and caring for patients with Down syndrome.

Our Programs Support

DSACT supports healthcare providers in understanding the medical characteristics and  experiences of individuals with Down syndrome, as well as best practices for delivering a Down syndrome diagnosis.

The DSACT New Parent Program welcomes new and expectant parents to the Central Texas Down syndrome  community through connection with New Parent Guides, gifts, resources and more.

DSACT is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with Down syndrome at every stage of life through a wide range of social, recreational, and educational programs and services.

DSACT is committed to our work with Central Texas schools and educators to foster learning, inclusion, and developmentally appropriate practice for individuals with Down syndrome. 

Upcoming Events

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day

Date:
March 21, 2024
Description:

World Down Syndrome Day occurs every year on 3/21 in recognition of the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome that characterizes individuals with Down syndrome. We celebrate in many ways: education kits, a talent show, educator awards and more!

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Cocktail Bash

Cocktail Bash

Date:
April 18, 2024
Location:
VUKA North Loop 5540 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Description:

The DSACT Cocktail Bash is an annual Spring fundraiser that brings our community together for a night of fun! We have an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and musical entertainment.

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DSACT Buddy Walk®

DSACT Buddy Walk®

Date:
October 20, 2024
Location:
Reunion Ranch 850 Co Rd 255, Georgetown, TX 78633
Description:

The DSACT Buddy Walk® is our biggest community event that brings together over 1400 people to celebrate our loved ones with Down syndrome! At this event, we have endless family fun in store including mini golf, pedal boats, team pictures, a DJ Mel dance party, our famous walk, and more! DSACT’s Buddy Walk® won National Buddy Walk® of the Year in 2022. You do not want to miss this!

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Where We Serve

We provide resources, services, and support to the Central Texas region. Our membership and in-person programming are concentrated in Travis, Hays, Bell, and Williamson counties. We are happy to provide relevant support to families outside of Central Texas and guide them to the appropriate local organizations! 

If you don’t see your county here, there are 15 other Down syndrome associations that serve other parts of Texas!

We define the Central Texas region as the following 17 counties: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis, Williamson.

What Our Members Are Saying

We’d love to hear from you! If you are interested in sharing your testimonial with DSACT, please fill out this form.

“We got involved with DSACT because we were looking to connect with others because Down syndrome was brand new to us when we received our daughter’s diagnosis. Since then, we have made connections & love being a part of such a wonderful community. Our daughter has participated so many programs that have benefited her as well as our family. We love doing the buddy walk every year & being able to give our daughter different experiences in a safe environment because of DSACT has been great. Because of all of the good things that we have experienced I try to be an advocate & help other parents the same way that I was helped in the beginning of our journey.”
Victoria Gonzales, DSACT Parent

I became a member of the DSACT Community shortly after moving to Austin from NYC as I wanted to get connected to a group that could provide support while raising a young daughter with Ds. I first ended up attending a Music Class hosted by DSACT with my daughter Horizon and loved the teacher, who was kind, approachable and creative, while also meeting several other families in the community as well.

I went on to enroll Horizon in the Soccer Clinics offered, and she had such an amazing time playing soccer she never wanted to leave a single session! The coaches were incredible with her, and gave her the opportunity and space she needed to practice kicking the ball while encouraging her all along the way.

This past spring I was approached by Julia Biest, after mentioning that I taught dance to kids for years, and ended up having the opportunity to teach and give back to the community through an 8 week dance class this past fall that my daughter was also able to attend with me.

I am so thankful that I found this incredible community of families and educators and look forward to my daughter continuing to benefit from DSACT’s thoughtful programming, while also continuing my collaboration as an instructor as well.” 

Emily Adams, DSACT Parent and Instructor

“Our 18 year old son, Patrick, has Down syndrome. We’ve been involved since attending the first Buddy Walk before he turned 1. Mike and I have held various board positions and have volunteered for the Buddy Walk in many ways. DSACT has provided so many services to Patrick including cooking classes, dance classes, theatre classes, boot camps, social gatherings with peers, kayaking, and reading seminars when he was younger. Our whole family has made so many life long friends through DSACT. These friendships are invaluable to us. I have also attended many of the educational conferences and seminars over the years which have provided me with important information. Raising a child with Down syndrome is a blessing but it requires navigating a path that isn’t very clear so I’ve relied on DSACT to help me. Patrick continues to love the DSACT programs. He’s currently taking line dancing and is involved in the teen social group. He loves these opportunities to meet up with his peers! Thank you for all you do! We annually donate and raise money for DSACT because it is so important to us and our community!” 

Elizabeth Bradley, DSACT Parent

“I got involved with DSACT in 2012. At the time I was working as a personal care attendant for a young adult with Down syndrome and through my work with him was how I learned about DSACT. A professor at UT and I started the adult book club at the end of 2012. I’ve been facilitating the book club (first in-person in Austin and now virtually) for the past 10 years and have had many of the same core members for that entire time. I continue to do this book club because I love the community; my book club group is really bonded. Additionally, I am passionate about giving adults with disabilities opportunities to participate in meaningful activities and DSACT has allowed me to pursue this passion.” 

Emily Yisa, DSACT Instructor

“DSACT has been part of our lives for the past 12 years, and has been an amazing resource for our daughter Clove. We have such great memories: from her Ink Dot days with Gymboree…to the soccer program…. to the Lasso dance parties… to Krav Maga….to bowling…to acting… to kayaking at Town Lake…and many more. DSACT has allowed Clove to experience so many activities that otherwise would not be easily accessible to her. I cannot say enough positive things about the amazing staff and volunteers. They always make Clove feel special and included. I honestly cannot imagine our life in Austin without DSACT!” 

Erin Becker, DSACT Parent