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.

Feel free to download and print these FREE resources!  

Language Guide

Down syndrome Quick Facts

10 Ways to Raise Awareness in your Community

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, and let’s celebrate!  Visit our calendar to see what we have planned, and join us for one of our many events! 

You can also sign up for our email newsletter and follow us on social media to learn more about how DSAGSL is raising awareness and celebrating for 3/21.

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! 

Our 2019 Down Syndrome Awareness Month events are going to be a lot of fun!  Join us for

  • 21 Suns All Abilities Yoga: Learn more here
  • Give Back Week in Maplewood:
    • October 7-13 at Tapped STL: All tips from the week are donated back to DSAGSL
    • October 8-11 at Zee Bee Market: 15% of sales in the Maplewood store and online are donated back to DSAGSL
    • October 10 from 5:30-8:30 at Zee Bee Market and Tapped: Join DSAGSL staff, volunteers, board, and the Pop-Up Snack Shop for wine, appetizers, and celebration in Maplewood!
Visit our calendar of events to see everything we have planned!

DSAGSL Rocks!

This fun music program is for people with Down syndrome who want to be part of a rock band!  Bands practice for 8 weeks together and then perform on stage at a local venue! Concerts are open to the public and are  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

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!

Run for 21 - A 5k Plus A Little Extra!

Run for 21 is a 3.21 mile run through beautiful Forest Park and ends in the largest celebration of Down syndrome in the area, Step Up for Down Syndrome!  Do something extra and RUN FOR 21!

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 at Busch Stadium.

Family Spring Picnic and Photography Event

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.

Head over to our Family Events page for more information on this year’s picnic!

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 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.