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November 2022 Newsletter

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond is now

Virginia Down Syndrome Association!

Since our founding in 1983, our commitment to support, educate and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome and their families has remained the same. As we’ve expanded our programming over time, our reach has also expanded in the level of support we provide beyond the Richmond region. Today’s association serves more families than ever before.

We currently provide program support and direct services to Richmond, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, the Shenandoah Valley, and Southern Virginia. And, we’re still growing. Incorporating ‘Virginia’ in the name allows funders, families, and partners to immediately recognize that we are a statewide network. More importantly, the name change lets the entire Down syndrome community in Virginia know we are here for you, too.

You can continue to expect the same high quality array of services from our organization in Richmond, VA and continued growth and expansion of programs and services for all of our communities outside the Richmond area. 

Check out our new website at www.VirginiaDSA.org 



The 16th Annual Step UP for Down Syndrome

was a Big Success


Step Up Highlights

Wow!  What an amazing day we had at the 16th Annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5k & Family Festival.  The weather was spectacular, and we had so much fun seeing our friends and family come out to support all of our individuals with Down syndrome and our organization.  Thank you to all those that participated in the event, and a HUGE thank you to our phenomenal volunteers that helped make everything go so smoothly.  We couldn't do it without all of you. Don't forget, Step UP fundraising continues until October 31st!

Event Highlights:

1500+ individuals registered for the 5k!

$5,000+ raised through the Silent Auction

100 Teams participated in fundraising!

35 Organizations exhibited in the Community Resource Fair

1 amazing community showed up for individuals with Down syndrome across Virginia!


 Event Highlights

Golf Tournament - November 11

Golf presented by D.A.D.S. - Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome

Fall Hikes led by Beyond Boundaries - Nov. 6 and Nov. 19

Hike at Deep Run Park.  Nov. 6 (6-12 year olds), Nov. 19 (13+)

Recognizing Mental Health Concerns for Adults with DS 

Discussion group with Dr. Ruth Brown, Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor at VCU


Recent News


CBS Virginia This Morning

Jennifer Case, Executive Director and Janai Santiago, Self Advocate interviewed for Step Up for Down Syndrome


If you have any questions, please email us at info@virginiadsa.org or call us at 804-447-4713.

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Virginia Down Syndrome Association
1504 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 124  | Richmond, Virginia 23229
804-447-4713 | info@virginiadsa.org

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