DSACT’s goal is to provide resources and support for families and individuals with Down syndrome, as well as education for community members.
Austin, Texas –
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and those affected by the disability say it’s important to talk about it throughout the year.
One group that advocates for resources and inclusion is the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT).
DSACT’s goal is to provide resources and support for families and individuals living with Down Syndrome. In addition, they strive to provide education to everyone in the community to encourage more inclusion.
“It’s really important to the community. It’s not just services for the families of someone with Down Syndrome. It’s for everyone. We really need to engage the whole community so they can support their fellow citizens,” said DSACT Director of Operations Jessica Patton.
One community member using the resources and services provided by DSACT is Connolly Lees. Lees’ daughter has Down Syndrome and says that her disability touches almost every aspect of her life, but at the end of the day she’s still an 8-year-old who loves to play with her friends and loves school.
“They have done really great things for the community. And it’s not just about Down syndrome. The more inclusive you make the world for a child with Down Syndrome, the more inclusive it will be for anyone with a disability,” Lees said.
Lees added that raising awareness of her daughter’s disability is important to breaking down barriers and stigma.
“If your child has something that sets them apart, they can put up certain barriers to entering the classroom, accessing friends, accessing all sorts of things. Therefore, being part of and participating in the Down Syndrome Association helps you know what types of support are most effective, how, what type of help to ask for.”
DSCAT also conducts various community activities for families of people with Down syndrome. Anyone interested in learning more about their efforts or donating to the cause can find their information here.
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