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.

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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 Inclusion Coordinator, Andi McCormick, for more information or to schedule a presentation. 314-961.2504 or

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.

The DSAGSL invites you to join us in raising awareness, advocacy, and support of individuals with Down syndrome, and let’s celebrate! 

You can visit our calendar or family events page to see what we have planned, and join us for a celebration!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media and share all the awesome awareness content with your friends and family!  Need a few more ideas?  Check out 5 ways you can raise awareness about Down syndrome.

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!

Photography in the Park

Each year, DSAGSL partners with volunteer photographers to 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.  It’s sure to make you smile every day throughout the year.

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.

Request for Awareness Packet

Request for Awareness Presentation