DSA|OC :: Down Syndrome Association Of Orange County

Empowering people with Down syndrome to reach their full potential... that's our primary mission here at the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County.

We were founded in 1978 by a small group of dedicated parents sitting around a kitchen table. Now thirty years later, DSAOC continues to build on those strong traditions of the past by serving more than 2,000 families in and around Orange County.

The DSAOC Center, located in Costa Mesa, is the venue for many of our activities, events, seminars, and support groups. In addition, much of our work includes outreach and collaboration with an expanding network of educators, healthcare providers, researchers, therapists, employers, policymakers, and many others in the community. You too are invited to join us in our journey to a world where every person with Down syndrome is a valued member of society.

We hope you will find the information here at www.dsaoc.org to be helpful! To learn more about DSAOC – click here.

    • Have you checked out DSAOC's 2015 "Year in Review"
    • Be sure to download our Year in Review - available at:  http://www.dsaoc.org/pdfs/2015-dsaoc-a-year-in-review.pdf 
    • 17th Annual "Educator of the Year" Award & Recognition Program - Nomination DEADLINE is Thursday, May 5, 2016
    • Nominations for the 2015-2016 Educator of the Year are NOW being accepted!  DOWNLOAD the Nomination Form and more information today: http://dsaoc.org/pdfs/2016-educator-of-the-year-nomination-form-for-years-2015-2016.pdf
    • The 2015 NOMINATIONS were AMAZING!  Huge THANKS to all who took the time to nominate their child's educator or therapist.  As always, the judges had a tough time making a decision, because all nominees made incredible efforts to help children with Down syndrome grow and learn. Congratulations to the Ro family who nominated the winning educator, Mr. Chris Reilly, a 2nd grade general education teacher at St. John the Baptist Catholic School.
    The DSAOC Dad's group is now on FACEBOOK!
    • https://www.facebook.com/dsaocdads 
    • DSAOC’s Support & Networking Groups at the DSAOC Center
    • 1st Thursday of each month from 7-9 p.m. - Circle of Friends: 0 to 3 and 3 to 11, for expectant parents, new parents and those who have loved one’s with Down syndrome up to age 11.

    • 2nd Monday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. - Homeschool Friends Social & Networking Group, for parents and caregivers of children with Down syndrome that are currently home schooling, or are considering this educational option.  Children are welcome to come for social time.
    • Are you a dad or grandfather of a loved one with Down syndrome?  Join our DSAOC Dads Group!                                                                                                  
    • Click here to download the interest form and submit it to the DSAOC Center  For more information, please contact Kellie Perez at kperez@dsaoc.org  
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DSAOC is a non-profit organization exempt from Federal and State income taxes under section 501 (c) (3)
of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 23701 (d) of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.

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