Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission: The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis is to benefit the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families through individual and family support, education, public awareness and advocacy.

Our Vision: The vision of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis is to be the most comprehensive resource on Down syndrome. We envision a community where all people with Down syndrome can achieve their full potential.

Our Core Values:
We value the role of families in meeting the needs of people with Down syndrome.
We value the rights of people with Down syndrome to participate in decisions about their lives including having choices about where they live, learn, work and play.
We value equal access to a comprehensive array of healthcare services.
We value the importance of an informed and accepting community.
We value a well-informed membership and highly competent leadership.
We value excellence in services for all stages of life.
We value the diversity in our community, which will be reflected in our membership, board and services.
We value the contributions of our volunteers.
We value grass roots participation in public policy making.
We value research that is conducted within accepted human rights guidelines and focused upon improving quality of life.


In 1976, seven mothers of children with Down syndrome held their first meeting to discuss thoughts and ideas about the health, life and well-being of their families. Over 35 years and couple name changes later, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis advocates, educates and celebrates with communities in St. Louis and surrounding areas – reaching into Illinois and Cape Girardeau and Springfield, MO.

The DSAGSL is proud to be an efficient steward of your donation, as evidenced by our continued A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau. We currently meet all 20 BBB Accountability Standards, and intend to keep that status intact. We understand there are thousands of other very deserving charities to which you could donate, and as always we thank you for supporting the Mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis.

As we strive to maintain financial accountability and transparency, we invite you to take a moment to view our Annual Report, Form 990 and Audit Report. The most recent report is below, as well as our archived reports.