Listening Session 2024

Dear Family and Friends
I am so excited to announce that the DSAGSL successfully completed a three year strategic plan in 2023 which helped us grow our organization in excellence over the past three years. As a result of our last plan, we have implemented a new database to better serve our constituents, hired four new staff members to provide expanded family support and direct programming across the region, launched over ten new programs for all ages in Missouri and Illinois,
developed new branding to help families navigate our services, and refreshed our mission, vision and values! BUT, planning and growing is never done here at the DSAGSL…
The mission of the DSAGSL is to serve, support, and celebrate the lives of all individuals with Down syndrome and their families, through every stage of life. As we look toward the future, we are excited to work with Susan Conrad, founder of Eicon Partners, for our 2025-2027 strategic plan! We have assembled a dedicated group of board members, caregivers, and staff to inform this process and we need YOUR help!  We are at a launching point for exponential growth at the DSAGSL but we can’t and won’t plan for the future without you. People with Down syndrome and their families are why we exist. Your needs are our top priority. Please consider taking an hour out of your day to participate in one of our listening sessions and / or 15 minutes to complete our survey. YOU have the opportunity to help shape the future for people with Down syndrome in Missouri and Illinois! We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Erin Suelmann
Executive Director and sibling to Andrew, an adult with Down syndrome


Please choose frome the drop down list at the end of the registration form which listening session you would like to attend:

For New Parents & Caregivers of Early Childhood

  • Thursday, February 15 from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the DSAGSL Office

For Caregivers of All Ages

  • Sunday, March 3 from 3:00 – 4:00pm on Zoom

For Caregivers of School Aged Children

  • Sunday, March 10 from 2:00 – 3:00pm at the DSAGSL Office

For Caregivers of Teens & Transition Age

  • Sunday, March 10 from 3:30 – 4:30pm at the DSAGSL Office

For Caregivers of Adults

  • Friday, March 15 from 9:30 – 10:30am at the DSAGSL Office


In addition to the Listening Sessions, DSAGSL has put together a survey to learn more about how we can improve, expand, and grow programs and services.  We want to know what families need!!   Click here to access the 10 minute, anonymous survey and THANK YOU for your feedback!