Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South

Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South

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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.

2018 IMPORTANT DATES - Finalized Dates!

Sunday, August 26th - Self Advocate Letter Writing Party  NEW DATE!

Sunday, September 2nd - Free SUDS Yard Sign for Teams Registered by this date!

Sunday, September 9th - Teams that raise $750 by this date will get their Team Name printed on the 2018 Step Up T-shirt!

Monday, September 10th - Sponsor Logo Deadline

Saturday, September 15th - North MS Picnic - STEP UP KICKOFF PARTY

Sunday, September 23rd - Photos Due for Personalized Picture Walk Signs  - OR SOONER FOR A CHANCE TO BE FEATURED IN BILLBOARD ADVERTISING!  Get your pics in EARLY! Send pics/quotes to 

Thursday, September 27th - Mom's Night Out T-Shirt Rolling Party

Sunday, September 30th - Special Team Captain Prize for teams with at least 25 people pre-registered by midnight!

Monday, October 1st - Partners In Progress Nominations Due

Monday, October 8th - T-Shirt guarantee date

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12th - TEAM CAPTAIN PICK UP 4-7 PM & LARGEST TEAM DEADLINE AT MIDNIGHT  - Volunteer T-Shirt Pick Up - Pick Up Location at DSAM NEW OFFICES:  154 Timber Creek Drive, Suite 5, Cordova TN 38018

Monday, October 15th - Resource Table Deadline

 Other T-Shirt Pick Up times:  Wednesday & Thursday Oct. 17 & 18  10 AM to 4 PM

Thursday, October 18th -  Online Registration Closes at Midnight.  

You may then register on 10/21 starting at 11 am at CBU at the Walk!

Saturday, October 20th - Family Tent set up at CBU 3 PM - 6 PM, or after 11 AM on Oct. 21st.  NO TENT STAKES ON SOCCER FIELD


21st Annual Step Up 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 purchase a pair of our Down Syndrome Awareness Shoes! Pictured Below!

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


Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South

154 Timber Creek Drive, Suite 5

Cordova, TN 38018

(901) 547-7588

28 days 1 hour 7 minutes 28 seconds
Days Until StepUp


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