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The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas is to provide lifelong services and support to children and adults with Down syndrome and their families in South Texas in order to optimize well-being, develop rewarding relationships, find access to resources, and foster inclusion in the community.

We provide support through all stages of the journey.

We offer monthly education sessions for both English and Spanish speakers, support groups for MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) and DADS (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome), as well as programs and activities for different ages groups. There is a Parent Mentor program to provide support to new families. We also have a monthly Family Fun Day when our families can come together to share a meal and enjoy each others company while the children play.

Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Brian Lopez - Executive Director Send email
Michelle Naeder - Program Director Send email
Online and Virtual Assistance

Are you a mom of a child with Down syndrome?

Then Moms Offering Moms Support (M.O.M.S.) is for you!

Meet new friends, participate in fun monthly activities, learn and share information and resources, and become an integral part of a community of mighty moms making a difference!  MOMS offering moms' support link.

Click here for the registration form.

Click here for the latest updates on program dates and times.

Registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent for virtual meetings 30 minutes before the start of the program. Some sessions are now in person. Check dates and times for more information.

Free.

M.O.M.S. Virtual Meetups 2023 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: M.O.M.S. Out to Play Join us for fun gatherings throughout the year! Our next event: Saturday, April 6 10 - 11 a.m. Riverwalk kayaking 220 Newell Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215
Brian Lopez Send email
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last month

A monthly learning opportunity for family members, community members, and educators who are interested in supporting and working with individuals with Down syndrome.

Click here for program dates and times.

Click here for registration.

Registration required

Free.

2nd Tuesday of the Month: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Magaly Diaz Send email
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last month

Adults Believing, Learning & Expressing.

The A.B.L.E. training program is designed to help adults with Down syndrome develop the ability to make their own personal decisions based on their individual talents and interests.

Trainers:

  • Cristina Kazmierczak, A.B.L.E. Self-Determined Adult
  • Faith Levario, DSASTX Program & Outreach Coordinator

Click here for registration.

Click here for program dates and times.

Free

3rd Wednesday of the Month: 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM during Club Night.
Michelle Naeder Send email
(210) 349-4372
Updated within the last month

The Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program offers tutoring services for adults with Down syndrome in reading, math, and writing.

All lessons are individualized to the level of each student. Each student gets his/her own academic binder with lessons chosen specifically for his/her abilities. This is an ideal one-on-one tutoring situation where the student receives individualized attention.

The process is simple. If a student is interested in participating in this program, an application is completed followed by an informal assessment by the director. This information is used to develop the academic lessons.

Students and tutors are matched based on personalities and availability of tutoring times. All lessons are created by the director.

Tutoring is available for those 18 years and older and is offered once a week for 90 minutes.

Volunteers are asked to complete an application and participate in an orientation.

Free.

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Magaly Diaz Send email
Updated within the last month

Club Night is offered weekly in-person and via Zoom.

Club Night activities include bingo, dance fitness, movie nights, comedy nights, karaoke, arts and crafts (in-person only), and more!

If someone is in person at the DSA and does not want to participate in Zoom, there will be alternative activities.

We will be doing temperature checks at the door and wearing masks. A lot of our participants have been socializing outside of the DSASTX and will be allowed to sit (masked) at the same table with others UNLESS parents indicate otherwise.

At this time, please only sign up for in-person participants if you/your child/your sibling will be able to follow our Covid protocols. It is our sincere hope that these restrictions will only be in place for a short time as we err on the side of caution for the safety of all of our members.

Registration is required so 55 minutes before start time we can send you the Zoom link to join.

Click here for registration.

Click here for program dates.

Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Virtual), 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (In-Person)
Brian Lopez Send email
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last month

Our mission is simple, to assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of individuals with Down syndrome.

Click here for the registration form.

Click here for the latest updates on program dates and times.

Free.

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Brian Lopez Send email
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last month

Functional Fitness for Independence Tailored to Individuals with Disabilities.

Let's get fit with Coach Dan, a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Coach.

Class structure:

  • 5-10 min warmup
  • 20-30 min exercise including various body weight exercises and movements to increase heart rate for a stronger cardiovascular system as well as building functional muscles needed to perform day to day tasks. Agility, HIIT, plyometrics, balance, and strength will all be a part of the program.
  • 5-10 min core work, cool down, stretching, and nutritional talks to incorporate healthy choices into our daily routines.

*Note: There will not be FITTID on Saturday, April 13 and June 8th.

Click here to register.

Click here for program dates and times.

$5 participation fee per session.

2nd Saturday of each month 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Updated within the last month

Bring the whole family out to enjoy an afternoon of food and fun while developing friendships and building community!

Lunch will be provided as well as activities for all ages. Come hang out and make new friends!

Registration required: register here.

Free

4th Saturday of most months 12 - 3 p.m.
Updated within the last month

An opportunity for children with Down syndrome ages 6 -12 and their similar-aged siblings to join us for fun, games, and friendship!

Click here for program dates and times.

Click here for registration.

Due to COVID-19, we will be checking temps at the door, wearing masks, and following social distancing guidelines while indoors.

Free.

2nd Saturday of each month 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Brian Lopez Send email
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last month
Notice

Note: There will be no Music & Movement on the following dates
February 18
April 8
July 1 + 22
September 2
October 28
November 25
December 23 + 30

Children ages 0-6 with Down syndrome and age-appropriate siblings are welcome to join us for limited IN-PERSON capacity at the DSASTX Maggie Hartman Community and Education Center and virtually via Facebook Live from the DSASTX Facebook Page!

Ages: 0-6

Click here for registration.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Free.

1st and 3rd Saturdays 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Zumbini with our instructor, Tiffany 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. - Enjoy playtime with the other children and parents.
Brian Lopez Send email
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last month

The Down Syndrome Association of South Texas welcomes all new and expectant parents and their families! The whole family is welcome to enjoy breakfast with us while learning more about the Down syndrome community.  This meeting will be held quarterly as an opportunity for expectant parents and parents with children ages 0-3 to meet, socialize, and learn from each other!

Have you attended a New and Expectant Parent Breakfast in the past?  We invite you back to share your experiences and support other families.

Click here to register for program.

Click here for program dates and times.

Masks are optional for this event at this time. If this policy changes, we will inform all registrants. We encourage you to check the CDC guidelines or talk to your healthcare provider to discuss what is appropriate for you. We will be taking temps at the door and ask that anyone not feeling well (exhibiting symptoms of Covid or any other illness) please refrain from attending.

Free.

Quarterly, Saturday every three months 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Brian Lopez Send email
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last month

Calling all kiddos aged 0-6 years old and siblings! Join us to make new friends, learn, grow, and play with us!

Registration required: register here.

Click here for program information.

Free

Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last month

Parent 2 Parent mentors guide and support new parents as they journey through life having a child with Down syndrome.

We need couples and single parents (dads are requested, too!) 

The requirements are:

  • Parent to a child 3 years or older
  • Pass a background check
  • Be knowledgeable in DSASTX programs
  • 1-year commitment

The Education Director will be doing the presentation, sharing resources, reviewing the DSASTX programs, and providing you with all the tools you need to be a parent mentor.

Click here for upcoming training dates.

Registration required. Register here.

Free

Updated within the last month

Siblings of individuals with Down syndrome ages 7-16 are welcome to join Sibshops to meet other sibs, socialize, and engage in great conversation!

Snacks will be served!

Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal events where they will:

  • Meet other sibs (usually for the first time)
  • Have fun and laugh!
  • Talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs with others who “get it”
  • Play some great games
  • Learn how other brothers and sisters handle sticky situations sometimes faced by brothers and sisters
  • Learn about the services their brothers and sisters receive

Registration required: register here.

Click here for more information.

$5 per session

3rd Saturday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Updated within the last month

Our Spanish Support Group is for any Spanish-speaking or bilingual family member who wants to spend time and build friendships with other parents of Down syndrome children.

Click here for the registration form.

Click here for program dates and times.

Free.

Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last month

Offering Party Nights, San Antonio Adventure Program, and Summer Program. Summer Enrichment Program is for children with developmental delays, ages 6-18, and their siblings, ages 5 and older.

Session 1: 6/24-6/28, 9am-3pm. Location: Crossroads Church, 8102 Midcrown Drive, San Antonio, TX 78239. Session 2: 7/29-8/2, 9am-3pm. Location: Morgan's Wonderland Camp, 23400 Cibolo Vista San Antonio, TX 78261 Summer Social Club: select Tuesdays & Thursdays from June-August, 6-8pm. Location: Down Syndrome Association of South Texas, 1122 Patricia Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213. First come, first serve basis based on complete applications. Spots are limited.
Updated within the last month

Join us for TamboRhythms Virtual Drum Circle courtesy of Jorge Ochoa, an occupational therapist dedicated to promoting FUNctional living through rhythmic expression regardless of age or previous musical experience.

Be ready to have some serious fun! You just need a drum and drumstick or something to make noise with such as a pot, pan, shaker, etc.

*Program is hybrid, meets on zoom and in-person.

All ages are welcome!

Click here for program dates and times.

Click here for registration.

Registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

Free.

1st Wednesday of the Month: 6:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Jorge Ochoa
(210) 349-4372
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last month

Teens with Down syndrome ages 13-17 and like-aged siblings are welcome to join our teen social group to make friends and enjoy fun activities.

We will incorporate a physical activity (Zumba, tag, etc.), and a craft activity into every session, fun indoor/outdoor games.

A light snack and sugar-free drinks will be offered.

Registration required: register here.

Click here for more information.

Free

1st Saturday of the month 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Updated within the last month

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it to themselves" - James Matthew Barrie

Our current volunteer opportunities are listed here.

We are currently working on COVID safety protocols for in-person programming.

Call or email us for more information.

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Brian Lopez Send email
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last 2 months.

Join Tiffany as she leads us in Zumba during our Club Night at the DSASTX. You can join us either in person or virtually from home.

Bring your enthusiasm, a water bottle, and a towel with you because might need those!

Registration is required. For those joining us from home, a Zoom link will be emailed 45 minutes before the start of class to ensure everyone who has registered will get the link.

Registration required: register here

Click here for more information.

Free

2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Updated within the last month

Certified tennis instructors from the National Tennis Association provide lessons for individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs ages 4+.

Classes are held at Morgan's Wonderland Event Center.

Ages: 4+.

Click here for program dates and times.

Please register for each date you plan to attend so our volunteers can properly prepare. Registration closes on Friday at 3:00 PM for the Sunday session.

Come in comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Equipment will be provided.

Sunday: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Brian Lopez Send email
Michelle Naeder Send email
Updated within the last 2 months.