CORE INITIATIVES

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:

Public Awareness

Through leading and participating in a variety of awareness campaigns, the ADSA’s Public Awareness Initiative aims to raise public consciousness in Arkansas and around the world. In particular, the ADSA’s focuses much of its work on "World Down Syndrome Day" celebrated on March 21st, and for "Down Syndrome Awareness Month" during the month of October.

Lifelong Resource Development

Through its Lifelong Resource Development Initiative, the ADSA aims to develop (for the purpose of distributing) resources that inform individuals with Down syndrome, their families, caregivers, and supporters about Down syndrome. Timely topics and trends of relevance in regards to Down syndrome across the lifespan are highlighted through this initiative.

Community Building & Social Networking

Through its Community Building & Social Networking Initiative, the ADSA aims to build a sense of community among individuals with Down syndrome, their families, caregivers, and supporters in Arkansas, and to provide and support opportunities for them to network together in a variety of different social environments.

Education & Advocacy

Through its Education and Advocacy Initiative, the ADSA aims to provide resources, programs, and venues that educate individuals with Down syndrome, their families, caregivers, and supporters in order to enhance their understanding of Down syndrome. Timely topics and trends of relevance in regards to Down syndrome across the fields of healthcare, recreation, education, vocation, and indepednent living (not limited to these specific areas) are highlighted through this initiative.

Moreover, the ADSA is committed to the full participation of people with Down syndrome in all contexts of community life. We do this by providing opportunities to advocate for the rights of people with Down syndrome and their families through active engagement in local, state, and national initiatives, influencing inclusion, and the provision of quality services.

Funding & Support

Through its Funding and Support Initiative, the ADSA aims to raise sufficient funds to support the work of the organization as a whole, including each of its initiatives, as well as other special projects the ADSA may particpate in including, but not limited to, the distribution of schoalrships and sponsorships.

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