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Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center

DSAHRC Mission Statement 

The mission of the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center is to provide parent-to-parent and professional services and support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families and to educate the broader community on Down syndrome. The services and support are provided to promote individuals with Down syndrome to reach their fullest potential and to become fully included members of their communities.
The specific purposes are as follows:

  • To provide parent-to-parent support to parents/caregivers and other family members.
  • To provide professional support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families, including services that promote medical, developmental, behavioral, and psychiatric welfare.
  • To provide professional support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families, including services that assure individual educational needs are met.
  • To provide professional support and services to individuals with Down syndrome and their families, including services that facilitate full participation and inclusion in their communities.
  • To provide social opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
  • To educate the general public on Down syndrome.
  • To advocate for and with individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Aim High/DSRC/DSAHRC History

Down Syndrome Aim High was established in 1981 as a regional, not-for-profit organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors and a membership of over 200 families. The core purpose of Aim High was to provide support and information to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. Aim High organized such activities as the Conference, Buddy Walk, Proclamation Ceremony, social events and kept members up to date on news and events.

In 2003, the group formed the Down Syndrome Resource Center (DSRC). The DSRC provided coordination and one-on-one support on medical, educational, social and other issues, maintained a website and library, and organized seminars and trainings for individuals with Down syndrome, parents and professionals. 

In 2007 the two entities merged to become DSAHRC, the organization we know today. 

The DSAHRC is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, employs a staff, and has a centrally located spacious office. The staff provides consultation to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals who work with them in the areas of education, medical, social, and community issues.