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

SUMMER DATES:  June 13, July 18 and August 8  •  5:30 – 7:00pm

Location: The Osage Center –1625 N Kingshighway St. in Cape Girardeau, MO

A program in Southeast Missouri 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! 

The Summer Session is Free to Families!! Parents are asked to stay with their child during the program. 

Question? Please contact

SEMO Photography Event

Our photo event in April was big success! And, although we are awaiting photos from the photographers, there is still time for you to share your photos with us! 

Please email us a photo of your child, or loved one with Down syndrome. The sooner we receive their beautiful snapshot, the more likely we will be able to feature them in next year’s calendar and communications!

For more information, and to share your photo(s), please email:

Mom's Day Out on August 3rd

Join us on August 3rd for Mom’s Day Out!

Yoga from 10:00-11:00am, at Divine Light Yoga, 1335 Old Cape Rd. Unit D, Jackson, MO 63755.

Next is brunch from 11:00am – 12:00pm at the Ground A-bout, 107 E. Adams St. Jackson, MO.

Only $5 per person for this fun morning of relaxation!  Space is limited. Register today!

Question? Please contact

DSAGSL Southeast Missouri 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

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. 

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!  Please reach out to me anytime at:

Southeast Missouri DSAGSL Programs & Events Calendar

July 2024

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Heartland Community Group Meeting
  • Small Steps Therapudic Play Program

Volunteer Opportunities in Southeast Missouri​

We simply could not offer the programs and services to people with Down syndrome and their families in the Southeast Missouri region without amazing volunteers like you!  Check out the programs and events we have coming up and sign up below.

Step Up for Down Syndrome | Saturday, October 5th | 10am-1pm | Capaha Park Shelter 2

We are looking for volunteers to help with our Southeast Missouri Step Up Walk.  Volunteers will help with games, activites, crafts, food, and registration. Sign up below to volunteer at this one of a kind event!

If you have questions, please contact Maria at: