Southeast Missouri Programs & Services

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis’ service area includes the Southern Missouri region.  Families that live in Ste. Genevieve, Perryville, Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Jackson, and surrounding areas can count on the support of the DSAGSL.  Our Southeast Missouri Program Coordinator joined the DSAGSL team in July 2023 and is excited to provide more access to programs and services in Southeast Missouri than ever before.

Small Steps Therapeutic Play Program

2nd Thursday of each month January-May from 5:30-7:00 at the Cape Girardeau Public Library

The Spring Session is Free to Families!!!!

A new program in Southeast MO for children with Down syndrome ages 3-10. Participants will spend time doing gross motor activities, as well as enjoy music time together led by a certified music therapist! 

Parents are asked to stay with their child during the program. 

Contact with questions.


Family Input on Programs & Services

With Maria on staff and working out of Southeast Missouri, DSAGSL is able to provide more programs and services in the Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois area than ever before!   It’s very important to us that we develop these programs and services based on what families in the area want and need! Please take a moment to fill out this survey about what your family would like to see DSAGSL do in your area.

World Down Syndrome Day Celebration

Saturday, March 23, 2024 | 1-4pm

Dogwood Social – 80 S Plaza Way, Cape Girardeau, MO 63073

Join the DSAGSL and the Heartland Community Group for bowling, arcade games, and more!  All ages welcome, so bring the whole family! We hope to see you soon at the FREE family event!

Heartland Community Group

The Heartland Community Group and the amazing volunteers that run it, have been working together for several years to bring programs and services to families in the Southeast Missouri region.  The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10am-12pm at the Cape Girardeau Library and all parents and caregivers are invited to join at any time! During meetings, the group shares strategies and resources with one another, as well as plan events, meetups, educational opportunities, and so much more. 

The group has a Facebook page dedicated to sharing information about upcoming events and programs in the area, as well as region-specific resources.  You can also reach out to our Heartland Community Group leader, Claire Watson, at 

1st Annual Southeast Missouri Trivia Night

Saturday, April 6, 2024 | Doors at 6pm, Trivia starts at 7pm

A C Brase Arena | 410 Kiwanis Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Just $25 per person / $200 for an 8-top table gets you into the very first SEMO Trivia Night!  Water, soda, beer all included and players can BYO food and snacks.  We’ll have great prizes, fun raffles, and 10 rounds of exciting trivia!

Southeast Missouri DSAGSL Programs & Events Calendar

February 2024

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Community Event: Night to Shine 2024
  • Heartland Community Group Meeting
  • Community Event: Challenger Basketball
  • Community Event: Challenger Basketball

Southeast Missouri Program Coordinator


I can’t even explain how excited I am to join the DSAGSL team! My name is Maria and I recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Family Studies with an Art Minor from Southeast Missouri State University. I am also a certified Registered Behavior Technician and I have taken courses to be trauma informed.

My love for individuals with Down syndrome came at birth, as my twin brother was born with this special gift. My love for all people with Down syndrome and other unique abilities has been a part of who I am my entire life. This job means so much to me and is one way I celebrate my brother and honor his legacy.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, camping, being outdoors, painting, and sewing. 

Please reach out to me anytime at!  I’d love to meet up for a chat, help out at an event, give a presentation at your child’s school, or provide support however I can.  I look forward to meeting you all!