Programs and Services
Coffee and Confidence
Come with your coffee (or caffeine of choice) and leave with confidence. This online program is offered weekly and hosted by our executive director and mom of a child with Ds, Kim Torres. Sessions run 10-15 minutes and cover hot topics of raising a child with Ds. Join us each Tuesday at 10am on Facebook @ktorresdsah or watch past events on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGAYSbsM9l0a6PotMWRrWpA?view_as=subscriber.
Community groups are the heart of our organization. They provide local support, resources, and events for individuals with Ds and their families. In a city as large as Houston, bringing resources to parents is instrumental in meeting our mission and vision. To join a community group, contact our office. Contact us for more information.
DSAH is proud to offer our expertise and services to schools, companies, and other nonprofit organizations. If we could help improve your understanding of intellectual disabilities, increase your inclusion rates, or provide any Down syndrome related support, please call us today!
The purpose of the “Congratulations!” Program is to congratulate parents of newborn babies with Down syndrome. In a world where others often express sorrow for the birth of a child with Down syndrome, we want to say, with pride, reassurance, and passion, “Congratulations!” To request a “Congratulations!” gift, contact our office or your hospital’s social worker. Contact us for more information.
Education for Life
The Education for Life Day Program nurtures lifelong learning in adults with Down syndrome through a flexible, person-centered curriculum-based program.
Our curriculum, Meaningful Day, creates engaging activities and opportunities for program participants by:
- providing opportunities to actively participate in and integrate into the community,
- providing continued learning opportunities,
- encouraging self-advocacy,
- and fostering self-sufficiency through participant-centered activities.
Additionally the Education for Life program offers afterhours activities including Bloom Fitness cycle, dance, and weightlifting classes, a pantomime troupe that performs at events across Houston, and a theater arts program designed specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities. Participants also have the opportunity to apply and train for DSAH internships. Contact us for more information.
Empowerment through Education Workshops
These workshops are meant to provide individuals with Ds, their family members, and the community that serves them access to high-quality, relevant information in the form of short 1-2 hour presentations. Topics vary widely, but focus on empowering our stakeholders to value and include individuals with Ds more. Past sessions have included topics on IEP support, potty training, long-term planning, and technology supports. Contact us for more information.
As a mission-driven nonprofit, we pride ourselves on being able to provide information and referrals to any individual with Ds, their family members, and the community members that support them. If you have a question related to Down syndrome, please call our office. Staff and volunteers are available to support you year around. Contact us for more information.
Skill Builders are activities designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome by building self-confidence and self-determination skills. Currently we offer Adapted Ballet in collaboration with the Houston Ballet and Special Olympics Panther Pack Bowling. New programs will be announced through our newsletter subscription, so join today. Contact us for more information.