The Mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee is:
To enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome throughout their lifespan by providing support, information and education to those individuals, their families, professionals and the communities that make up the Middle Tennessee area.
With proper support and services, people with Down syndrome can be productive members of their communities.
DSAMT was formed in 1995 by a group of volunteer parents of children with Down syndrome to provide accurate information about Down syndrome and peer support to families in the Middle Tennessee region. In 1998, DSAMT opened an office and hired a full-time Executive Director.
Today, DSAMT is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, governed by an eleven member Board of Directors. Our membership includes more than 700 families and has become the definitive resource in Middle Tennessee for issues related to Down syndrome. DSAMT provides social and recreational opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, family centered support groups, educational advocacy, workshops on disability issues for professionals and caregivers, and a bi-annual conference on Down syndrome.
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What We Do
DSAMT provides support, information and education to families and professionals throughout Middle Tennessee through educational programs, support groups, and community advocacy.
DSAMT is affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society and the National Down Syndrome Congress, which provide up-to-date information on research and national policy issues. We work closely with state and local disability organizations including the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Tennessee Post-Secondary Education Task Force and the National Down Syndrome Policy Center to advocate for individuals with Down syndrome. Our staff members have participated in Special Education Advocacy training to provide guidance for parents navigating the special education system.
We take time to speak with parents and caregivers about concerns and needs for their families. We provide resources on school meetings, behavior issues, financial planning and future planning. We collaborate to bring in speakers with an expertise in Down syndrome and hold workshops for the community. We also provide many social and recreational opportunities for the children, adolescents and adults we serve.
In short, DSAMT is a friend and valuable resource for families in Middle Tennessee who have a member with Down syndrome.
DSAMT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded by private support from individuals, foundations, community organizations and fundraising efforts.
Complete financial details and form 990s are available on our profile at GivingMatters.com.