Advocacy & Awareness

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis aims to benefit the lives of individuals with Down syndrome in many ways.  One of those way is 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.

Feel free to download and print these FREE resources!  

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 Community Engagement Manager, Abigail Beckord Bosslet, for more information or to schedule a presentation. or 314.833.7560

World 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.

There are so many ways you can celebrate Down syndrome and raise awareness in your community!  The easiest way is to follow us on social media and share all the awesome awareness content with your friends and family, and check out our flyer: 5 ways you can raise awareness about Down syndrome.

We are excited to partner again with Penn Station East Coast Subs for a Round Up Campaign March 7-21.  Dine out at participating stores and round up for Down syndrome!  Give $2 or more and receive a coupon for a free sub on your next visit!  Plus, you can send us a picture of your family at Penn Station and be entered to win Walk in the Park tickets!

Incredible Pizza in South County is also hosting a Round Up for DSAGSL all through March!  Plus, on March 21st,  15% of all sales will be donated to the organization!

We will also have SEVERAL PARTIES throughout the region!  Visit our Family Events Page for all the details!

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and although DSAGSL works toward raising awarness all year long, October presents a unique opportunity for raising EVEN MORE awareness about Down syndrome in our community. DSAGSL coordinates social media campaigns, interviews on the local news and radio, and fun events throughout the entire month of October! 

Visit our calendar of events to see what we have planned!

Step Up for Down Syndrome

Step Up for Down Syndrome is the largest celebration of Down syndrome in the region.  Join 4,000 individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and their friends in Forest Park for this one-of-a-kind event. Start a team in honor of your loved one with Down syndrome, or join the DSAGSL team and fundraise for awesome prizes including baseball tickets to Walk in the Ballpark. 

We hope to see you on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 9:00am!

Walk in the Ballpark

Walk in the Ballpark 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 3,200 friends and supporters of the DSA for our largest, most exciting awareness days of the year at Busch Stadium.

DSAGSL In The News

DSAGSL was chosen as KMOV’s 4You Charity for Quarter 1 of 2024.  They featured DSAGSL on the Channel 4 News, their social media, and their website in several segments throughout the quarter.  Check out all the videos and share on your social to help spread even more awareness about Down syndrome and all that DSAGSL does for the community!