Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South

       Sunday, October 15, 2017

          12:00pm until 4:00pm

     Christian Brothers University



 Presenting Sponsor

About DSAM

Thank you for supporting the 20th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome walk!


Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South

The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South is to support and empower people with Down syndrome and their families.

Under the direction and leadership of an Executive Director and Board of Directors, DSAM is volunteer driven. At DSAM, we work to:

  • Provide information for families of newborn babies with Down syndrome
  • Provide current, unbiased and up-to-date information to professionals
  • Conduct regular educational meetings for school districts & parents
  • Host social events for children, adults and parents
  • Publish a regular newsletter & e-mail "Happenings"
  • Assist parents in attending national research conferences
  • Partner with other disability groups to sponsor conferences
  • Provide a networking outlet to families
  • Advocate for the rights of individuals with Down syndrome
  • Provide support to families of individuals with Down syndrome
  • NEW -- "Reading is Key" reading coaching program!
  • NEW -- Self-Advocate Job Coaching through TN Voc Rehab!

DSAM began in 1973 as Down's Parents of Memphis. A small group of parents met while attending the first Early Intervention Program in Memphis at the Child Development Center. They began meeting to learn more about Down syndrome and to work to improve public awareness, while providing the most current care for their children. This group of parents went on to begin the early intervention program now known as Special Kids & Families.

Re-organized as a 501 (c)(3) under the name of The Down Syndrome Association of the Memphis & the Mid-South (DSAM), the organization is now serving as a support group for parents, families and friends of persons with Down syndrome.

Important Dates

Sunday, August 27th - Self Advocate Letter Writing Party

Sunday, September 3rd - Free SUDS Yard Sign for Teams Registered by this date!

Sunday, September 10th - Teams that raise $750 by this date will get their Team Name printed on the 2017 Step Up T-shirt!

Sunday, September 18th - Photos Due for Personalized Picture Walk Signs  - DATE CHANGE:Get your pics in EARLY! Send pics/quotes to 

Sunday, September 24th - Special Promo Item for teams with at least 25 people pre-registered!

Monday, September 25th - Partners In Progress Nominations Due

Monday, October 9th - T-Shirt guarantee date  -  Volunteer T-Shirt Pick Up  -  Resource Table Deadline


 Other T-Shirt Pick Up times:  Wednesday, 10/11 or Thursday, 10/12, 11am-5pm

Thursday, October 12th -  Online Registration Closes at Midnight.  

You may then register on 10/15 starting at 11 am at CBU at the Walk!

Saturday, October 14th - Family Tent set up at CBU 3 PM - 6 PM, or after 11 AM on Oct. 15th

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Contact Us
Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South 
2893 S. Mendenhall Road, Suite 3 
Memphis, TN 38115 
(901) 547-7588

Online Registration and Donations For Step Up will close TODAY, Thursday 10/12 at

MIDNIGHT.  Registrations and donations will be accepted at the Gate at CBU on Sunday starting at 11 a.m.

Donations to count toward team prizes need to be made by 1 PM at CBU on 10/15, but will be accepted all day. Online Donations will reopen after the Walk.  T-shirts are going fast but are still available. Get those registrations in today. 


Last Call for T-Shirt Pick-Up

Team Captians may pick up shirts today from 11 am - 5 pm at Christ the King Luthern Church, 5296 Park Ave, Youth Building, Memphis, TN 38119 .  There will NOT be any shirts at the DSAM Office.  


Any T-shirts not picked up by 5 pm Thursday must be picked up after 11 am on Sunday at the Registration tent at CBU


No T-Shirt Pick-Up available Friday or Saturday.  Shirts will be loaded onto moving truck and unavailable until 11 am Sunday morning at CBU.

20th Annual StepUp for Down Syndrome

STEP UP and be a part of one of the largest disability awareness events in the Mid-South! Come join thousands of Mid-Southerners and STEP UP for all individuals with Down syndrome.

  • One-mile fun walk
  • Family Picnic
  • Petting Zoo
  • Children’s activities & inflatables
  • Team and individual prizes

Register now for the Mid-South STEP UP for Down Syndrome by using the tabs above!

Even if you can't be at STEP UP for Down Syndrome, you can still make a charitable donation to help support the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South.

For more Information call 901-547-7588 or email

Click HERE to find the following forms:  Short Form Registration, Partners in Progress, Resource Table Reservation

Click HERE to volunteer online

Click HERE to purchase a pair of our Down Syndrome Awareness Shoes! Pictured Below!

Click HERE for more information on Team Captain Setup/Fundraising Setup

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