The Arkansas Down Syndrome Association was incorporated in Arkansas in 2004 by a group of parents and others who were seeking more comprehensive health care for their children. As their children grew into adulthood, these parents recognized that traditional health care services often overlooked the special needs of adults with Down syndrome. Establishing a health clinic that would serve adults with Down syndrome became the primary goal of the Association.
For six years, the ADSA team worked together to advocate for, and seek funding to support, the start of a clinic. Funding later came from UAMS and a generous gift from the family of the late Winthrop P. Rockefeller. On August 4, 2009, the UAMS Genetics Clinic opened with a focus on treating people with genetic disorders and their specific medical needs.
Having succeeded in it's original goal, the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association broadened its mission in 2005 to include a larger scope of initiatives: