Advocacy & Awareness

Part of the mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis is to benefit the lives of individuals with Down syndrome through public awareness and advocacy.  DSAGSL hosts events throughout the year that raise awareness in the community by celebrating Down syndrome. We walk, we play, we showcase talents and skills, we share photos and stories, and we celebrate all of the wonderful people we know with Down syndrome.

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Educational Advocacy & Awareness Presentations

One way we raise awareness in the community is through presentations at schools and community group events.  Presentations can be customized toward a younger audience, such as a fifth grade class focusing on inclusion, awareness, and acceptance.  Or it could be geared more toward professionals such as school staff members where a student with Down syndrome attends, or the staff at a restaurant where a person with Down syndrome has just been hired to work.

Contact our Program and Education Coordinator, Andi McCormick, for more information or to schedule a presentation. 314-961.2504 or Andi@dsagsl.org

Wolrd Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, was established in 2006 by Down Syndrome International with the goal of raising awareness and mobilizing support and recognition of the dignity, rights and well-being of people with Down syndrome across the world. March 21, or 3/21, was chosen to honor of the third copy of the 21st chromosome present in those with Down syndrome.

The DSAGSL invites you to join us in raising awareness, advocacy and support of individuals with Down syndrome, along with their abilities and achievements. Show everyone you know how great people with Down syndrome are – celebrate March 21 with your family and friends!  

You can also sign up for our email newsletter, follow us on social media, or join us for an event!  

Need more ideas for how to raise awareness?  Check out this list!

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  DSAGSL raises awareness throughout the entire month through social media campaigns, interviews on the local news and radio, and fun events!  21 Suns All Abilities Yoga, DSAGSL Trivia Night, and Dine Out for Down Syndrome are among some of the great events DSAGSL hosts in October to celebrate.  Check out our calendar of events and join us in raising awareness for all the amazing people with Down syndrome we know and love in October!

DSAGSL Rocks!

This fun music program is for people with Down syndrome who want to be part of a rock band!  Bands practice for 6 weeks together and then perform on stage at a local venue! Concerts are open to the public and are so incredibly fun.  Your cheeks will hurt from so much smiling!

Check our calendar of events for what’s coming up!

Step Up for Down Syndrome & Run for 21

The largest celebration of Down syndrome in the St. Louis area!  Every year, DSAGSL hosts over 2,000 people in Forest Park for a 5k race, one-mile awareness walk, and a day of celebrating!  Start a team today!

Walk in the Park

Walk in the Park is an annual DSAGSL tradition that brings together families from the St. Louis area and beyond for a day of fun, baseball and an experience that fills the stadium with excitement. Join the nearly 2,500 friends and supporters of the DSA for our largest, most exciting awareness days of the year.

21 Suns All Abilities Yoga

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis and Dandelion Yoga Productions are very proud to be host the 21 Suns All Abilities Yoga event each October at the beautiful World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park!  This truly unique event that begins with a beautiful morning of yoga. As a group, participants of all ages and abilities complete 21 synchronized sun salutations. It’s a wonderful and special experience you won’t want to miss.  

Friends For All Seasons Spring Picnic and Calendar

Each year in April, DSAGSL hosts a Family Picnic at Faust Park in Chesterfield.  Food, games, and carousel rides fill the day with fun for all ages and abilities.  In addition, volunteer photographers join us for the day and take photos of our community members.  The photos are donated to DSAGSL and to the families. We save just one special photo of each participant that is used in our annual Friends for All Season calendar.  

12 months filled with beautiful faces that will sure to make you smile every day throughout the year.  If you’d like to purchase a calendar, visit our online store, or fill out this order form and send to info@dsagsl.org or 8531 Page Ave. Suite 120. St. Louis, MO 63114.

Visit our calendar of events for more information on this year’s picnic!