Down Syndrome South Australia (DSSA) is a membership based, not-for-proft organisation that advocates for and offers a range of services to people with Down syndrome and their families throughout South Australia. These services are also available to people with other chromosomal disorders that are similar to Down syndrome and their families.
Established in 1974 by a group of concerned parents as Down's Children Inc., and later becoming the Down Syndrome Society of South Australia Inc., DSSA is now one of the eight state and territory of Down Syndrome Australia, the national peak body for Down syndrome in Australia.
It is DSSA's vision to create:
An inclusive South Australia where every individual with Down syndrome is given an equal chance to learn, grow and thrive.
It is DSSA's mission to provide:
As the pre-emininent provider in South Australia, we provide the skills, education programs, social experiences & support networks to empower individuals with Down syndrome to succeed in a community which values their abilities and potential.
The Dancing Drum Story
Emily often played at school with Brandon. They were friends. And their reception teacher had explained to the whole class that Brandon had Down syndrome. But one evening at home, Emily just had to ask, "Mum, how come Brandon gets to have his own dancing drum?"
We help people with Down syndrome march to the beat of their own drum.