Ready 2 Work Employment Programs

Ready 2 Work Employment Programs

The DSAGSL has heard from parents and community agencies about the challenges people with Down syndrome face when looking for and retaining employment. Our goal is to develop an initiative that involves agency support, employer relations, community engagement, and parent and self-advocate education.

Pop Up Marketplace - A Snack Shop with a Purpose

This mobile snack shop is run by individuals with Down syndrome, from marketing decisions, to assembly, to direct sales.  Individuals receive job skills and communication skills training, as well as learn the ins and outs of running a small business.  This portable shop moves from business to business selling “snack-packs” to hungry staff.

With the current social distancing guidelines, our traditional pop-ups are “on hold”, but stay tuned.

If you are a self-advocate that is interested in being an employee of the Pop Up Snack Shop, please download and fill out the application and send to Don Williams at: or 1300 Strassner Dr. Brentwood, MO. 63144.

If you are interested in hosting the pop-up snack shop at your business, please contact Don at 314-961-2504.

DSAGSL Office Internship Program (returning Summer 2021)

What better way to get work experience than an internship! The DSAGSL offers 1-year internships to adults with Down syndrome through our formal internship program. Interns will be paired with a staff person to work on various projects and events that take place throughout the busy DSAGSL year. We will set goals and have regular evaluations to ensure our interns are getting the most out of the program. At the end of the year, we hope to have found our interns paid, meaningful work in the community. 

To apply, please fill out the DSAGSL Office Internship Application and send to  Or, mail to: 1300 Strassner Dr.  Brentwood, MO 63144.

Social Events & Community Involvement

Socializing and networking with peers is important and fun! DSAGSL organizes group volunteer and social events for adults from time to time, including events through the 21 Club, a group created by the DSAGSL Young Friends Board.  Check our calendar to find out what’s coming up soon.

Steps to Independence Classes & Living Your Best Life

Classes focused on what it means to be a self-advocate, what it means to be a responsible adult, and what it means to have healthy relationships. Visit our Virtual Programs page to view a full schedule of classes and login information.  


There are easy ways for you as parents and support persons to advocate for our loved one’s with Down syndrome regarding employment:

1. Share the following facts about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities with a business you know.

2. Join our Corporate Advisory Board which meets quarterly by phone for networking and strategic brainstorming. Email

3. Invite your company or a business you frequent to attend our Employer Summits held throughout the year to meet our newest Employment Academy grads and learn about hiring.

4. Ask if your spouse’s office, neighbor’s office, or your own office building will host our Pop-Up Snack Shop.  E-mail for more information.

5. Share your son/daughter’s success story with us! The more we can help our members shine, the more businesses will believe that this mission is possible.

More Resources on Employment

Hiring People with Disabilities – It Just Makes Good Business Sense!

  1. It is a return on investment: By hiring people with disabilities, a business can access new markets, improve productivity through innovation, reduce hiring and training costs, and increase retention.

  2. New and exciting marketing opportunities: Customers with disabilities and their families, friends, and associates represent a trillion dollar market segment. A large number of Americans also say they prefer to patronize businesses that hire people with disabilities.

  3. Think innovation: Employees with disabilities bring unique experiences and understanding that transform a workplace and enhance products and services. People with disabilities can help create more efficient and effective business processes, use technology in new ways to increase productivity, and stimulate new product and services development.