“It just feels like my typical kids… with bumps in the road.”
The first thing we want to say is: Congratulations!!!!
And the second thing we want to say is: Any way you feel right now is ok.
Because becoming the parent of a child with Down syndrome is a journey of discovery, with many emotions, challenges and rewards along the way.
We’re here to help you navigate the early days—and the full way through. In addition to DSAMn resources and events, we can connect you with parents who have been exactly where you are, and have found their way forward on completely unique paths.
The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota is a statewide nonprofit organization with the mission to empower individuals and families, create community, and celebrate the abilities of people with Down syndrome. We do this by providing support, assistance, and opportunity to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
With approximately 4,500 people in Minnesota and nearly 250,000 in the United States living with Down syndrome, we strive to provide tools and opportunities that promote awareness, acceptance, and inclusion. Our vision is for all people with Down syndrome to achieve their fullest potential in an accepting and inclusive society.
Membership is free and open to anyone with an interest in or passion for empowering, connecting, and celebrating individuals with Down syndrome.
You are now part of a very special community. There are thousands of us around you. Many have been just where you are today. We are here for you. For facts, clarity, support, or a caring ear.
Do an online search for information on Down syndrome, and you’ll find hundreds of websites. We’ve found these resources and articles to be the most helpful for where you’re at right now.
Our Early Years: Birth to 5 Page is full of information and resources for topics from breastfeeding to early childhood support to healthcare questions and concerns - we’ve curated what you might want to know, every step of the way. Check it out.
Connect with parents who have been in your shoes. Talk with a DSAMn team member about our resources. Any way you need, we’re here to make the connection. Start by downloading our Welcome Parents guide.