Resources for Families

Georgia Resources

Down Syndrome Association of Atlantahttp://www.dsaatl.org
The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta (DSAA) is a 501 (c)(3) Georgia non-profit organization dedicated to providing individuals with Down syndrome and their families life-long community connections.
 
Babies Can’t Waithttp://www.dph.georgia.gov/Babies-Cant-Wait  
Early intervention program mandated by Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (IDEA) provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance children's learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.
 
Georgia Head Start Associationhttp://www.georgiaheadstart.org  
Georgia Head Start programs provide comprehensive early childhood and family development services to children from birth to five-years-old, pregnant women and families. Our programs have a long tradition of delivering comprehensive and high quality services designed to foster healthy development in low-income children and their families.  Head Start agencies provide a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; parent involvement and family support.
 
GA Department of Early Care and Learning Bright from the Starthttp://www.decal.ga.gov
Bright from the Start administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement programs.
 
Georgia Parent Mentor Partnershiphttp://www.parentmentors.org
The Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership is an alliance of parents and professionals working together to improve outcomes for students with disabilities by enhancing communication and collaboration between families, educators and the community.
 
Parent to Parent of Georgiahttp://www.p2pga.org
Parent to Parent of Georgia offers a variety of services to Georgia families of children with disabilities or special healthcare needs.
 
Champions For Childrenhttp://www.championsforchildrenga.org  
Champions for Children provides direct financial assistance and support services for Georgia's medically fragile and special needs children and their families, who are not eligible for the the TEFRA/Katie Beckett Medicaid program.
 
GiGi's Playhouse Atlantahttp://www.gigisplayhouse.org/atlanta
Down syndrome awareness center, supporting the Atlanta community by providing activities, therapy, and educational programs free of charge.

National Down Syndrome Organizations

National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)http://www.ndsccenter.org
NDSC is located in Atlanta but is a national organization with board members from all across the country.  They have a great website, a fantastic national public awareness campaign (“We’re More Alike Than Different”), publish a newsletter and other informational materials, and hold a national convention for families and self-advocates every summer.
 
National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)http://www.ndss.org
NDSS is located in New York, NY and has a National Policy Center in Washington, DC.  NDSS has a variety of education, research, and advocacy programs and oversees Buddy Walks across the country.
 
Global Down Syndrome Foundationhttp://www.globaldownsyndrome.org
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical care, Education and Advocacy.
 
Down Syndrome Research Foundation - http://www.dsrf.org
DSRF initiates research studies to better understand the learning styles of those with Down syndrome.
 
National Association for Down Syndrome - http://www.nads.org
The National Association for Down Syndrome supports all persons with Down syndrome in achieving their full potential. They seek to help families, educate the public, address social issues and challenges, and facilitate active participation.
 
Online Resources
Brighter Tomorrowshttp://www.brightertomorrows.org
This program, provided by the Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky, is designed to help answer your questions, educate you about Down syndrome and share the stories of other parents in similar situations.
 
DS: For New Parentshttp://www.downsyn.com 
This website is a resource for those who love someone with Down syndrome.
 
UNO MAS!  Down Syndrome Onlinehttp://www.unomas21.com
Message board for Spanish speaking families effected by Down syndrome.
 
Know Me Firsthttp://www.knowmefirst.com 
Educational resource for families with a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
 
Centers for Disease Control - http://www.cdc.gov/features/down-syndrome
The CDC works to track, monitor, research, and improve the health of individuals with Down syndrome.