Resources for Medical Providers

We appreciate the dedication and passion that you put into the lives of your patients. We are here to support you in understanding the medical characteristics, best practices, and experiences of individuals with Down syndrome. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions by emailing us at admin@dsact.org.
Medical Outreach Programs
Medical Outreach Programs

Medical Presentations

DSACT’s Medical Outreach team visits hospitals, clinics, and other medical organizations throughout Central Texas. We are also available for virtual training and presentations. Whether in-person or virtual, we aim to:

  • Collaboratively develop a referral process for your new and expectant patients;
  • Provide training on best practices in delivering a Down syndrome diagnosis;
  • Provide training on best practices for the medical care of adults with Down syndrome
  • Provide information and resources to ensure adherence to the Down Syndrome Information Act (DSIA);
  • Share resources and information about our New Parent Program

To request a training, please contact us at admin@dsact.org

Dell Medical School Resident Program
Dell Medical School Resident Program

DSACT has a partnership with the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School in which pediatric and OB GYN residents meet with one of our members to learn from them on their family’s medical experience. One of the most powerful things families remember is their diagnosis experience. Sharing this experience helps medical professionals understand how important and impactful the diagnosis conversation is. Discussing this and other life moments can lead to improved relationships for future families and physicians. By participating in this project, medical residents develop understanding and appreciation for the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome and the concerns they and their caregivers face.

We would love to expand this program, so we welcome participation from other resident programs that would like to share their perspective. If you are interested in participating, please email admin@dsact.org.

 

New Parent Program
New Parent Program

Expectant and new parents have shared that connecting with a family who also has a child with Down syndrome is one of the most valuable tools during this time. Therefore, we created a New Parent Program to match you with a local family who can provide you with support and encouragement. This program is nine weeks long and you decide the level of support you want during this period, whether virtually or in-person. New Parent Guides offer a direct connection and relationship to another parent of a young child with Down syndrome. They can give honest answers to your questions and provide a realistic picture of raising a child with Down syndrome.

We appreciate the dedication and passion that you put into the lives of your patients. We are here to support you in understanding the medical characteristics, best practices, and experiences of individuals with Down syndrome. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions by emailing us at admin@dsact.org.

Disclaimer

DSACT’s “Resources” pages are for informational purposes only. Information on this and subsequent resource pages should not be considered an endorsement by the The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas. After going through these resources, each family will be able to make decisions based upon their personal beliefs and unique circumstances.