The Down Syndrome Association of Houston (DSAH) was incorporated in 1974. At the time, there was very little information about Down syndrome (Ds) and a few mothers decided that a group needed to be formed to provide support to families. The group’s mission then was to help educate parents and others about Ds. Soon after, the group was renamed Parents of Children with Down syndrome (PCDS) and began meeting at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Over the years, programs have included parent support groups, music therapy, craft classes, summer camps, and social outings. Currently, DSAH focuses on new parent support through its “Congratulations!” program, parent and community education through its Empowerment through Education workshop series, and community-based events.
With over 1,200 members, 700 volunteers, and numerous community partners, DSAH is committed to building a society where individuals with Down syndrome are valued, included, and empowered to fulfill their personal goals and aspirations.