Assistive Technology and Down syndrome

Individuals with Down syndrome can benefit greatly from using assistive technology in school, work, and other areas of life.

DSAGSL Ready 2 Work Program is BACK!

The DSAGSL Pop Up Marketplace and Ready 2 Work Employment and Training Program is back!  We are so excited to continue offering all the amazing employment programming that we’ve had so much success with, plus some exciting new additions!  We are Open for Business!  To start, we have re-opened the Pop-Up Marketplace.  It has been […]

DS-ASD Dual Diagnosis- info and a parent’s perspective

My Thoughts & Journey with the Dual Diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder By: Kim Youngberg Put a finger down if… you have a magnificent, extraordinary, & unique child you feel like the world’s best researcher, yet clueless at the same time there are days in your house that are amazingly great & […]

Meet the Newest Members of the DSAGSL Young Friends Board, Tiffany & Joseph!

In Celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st, we interviewed two of the newest members of the Young Friends Board, Self-Advocates Joseph Niemeyer and Tiffany Prapaisilp. They told us about themselves, their favorite things, what they do in their free time, and why they wanted to become a part of DSAGSL and the […]

Making Plans for Summer 2022

Summer camps and program fill up quickly, especially now with limited group sizes and staff shortages. So don’t delay!  Take a look at the Recreation Council’s 2022 Summer Opportunities Guide for tons of summer fun ideas and activities.  Qualified individuals with developmental disabilities can even apply for a Recreation Council voucher to assist with the fee […]

Mental Health & Down Syndrome

The ongoing pandemic has led to increases in anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges for

Our Journey with Down Syndrome and Autism: The Missing Puzzle Piece

Written by Kristi Denner Receiving a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (DS-ASD) for our son didn’t necessarily shock us – in fact, it was as if we were finally being handed a puzzle piece that we knew we were missing but couldn’t find. I am grateful we pursued further testing toward […]

Meet Max: DSAGSL’s Spring 2021 Intern

Meet Max: DSAGSL Spring 2021 Intern! My name is Max Schechter, and I am a graduate student in UMSL’s Master of Social Work program. One of the reasons why I chose to work with the DSA is because of the wonderful people I have met who have Down syndrome. Frequently, I describe DSA as a […]

The Impact of Improv Comedy on Performers with Down Syndrome

by DSAGSL Guest Writer, Jeff Ponder Improvisation is more than just laughs. It’s about working as part of a team and building ideas as a unit. It’s about inclusion. Theater educator Viola Spolin, known as the mother of improvisational theater, once said, “Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise.” Nobody knows that better than Andy Sloey, […]

DSAGSL Family Provides Dolls with Down syndrome to Area Schools

Paige Carlson, mother to Cooper who has Down syndrome, has a heartwarming story about a gift they received, that inspired Paige and her family to do something special for their community. “Cooper received the sweetest doll that resembled a child with Down syndrome as a gift. It was so sweet and meaningful for our family. […]