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Phil West

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Founded

1991

Location

3710 Cedar Street

Austin, Texas, 78705

United States

OUR STORY

DSACT is the only organization in the Central Texas area that provides programs and services exclusively for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, educators and the medical community.

Established in 1991, DSACT provides services to more than 5,000 members residing in 13 Central Texas counties. Our recreation programs serve hundreds of individuals in all age ranges. In addition, approximately 200 physicians receive DSACT materials or participate in our seminars, and twelve community education events are conducted annually.

DSACT’s vision is a world in which all members, including those with Down syndrome, are accepted, valued for their uniqueness, respected for their abilities and contributions, and assured the opportunity and choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success.

FEATURED NEWS

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Austin American Statesman

Kids with Down syndrome learn to speak clearly at parent-child program

Nicole Villalpando – May 20th, 2016

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Austin American Statesman

State launches Down syndrome website

Mary Ann Roser – February 26th, 2016

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Austin American Statesman

Growing number of Austin groups participate in Giving Tuesday

James Barragan – December 2nd, 2015

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Fox 7 Austin

DSACT Buddy Walk

Lauren Petrowski – October 8th, 2015

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KEYE TV

Buda Toddler Gets Big Honor

September 18th, 2015

OUR TEAM

Cameron

Cameron LaHaise

Executive Director

Cameron is the Executive Director at DSACT and is passionate about the DSACT Mission as well as increasing community awareness for the organization. She is honored to be on staff and feels very fortunate to love her job and the work she is doing for DSACT. She is the mother to Audrey and happily married to Kevin LaHaise. Born and raised in Massachusetts and a graduate of Umass Amherst – she has been in Austin since 2007 and is now a proud Austinite. Cameron is looking forward to all of the new DSACT programming and events.

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Allie McCann

President of the Board

Allie McCann is formerly a cardiac nurse at Breckinridge Hospital and Austin Heart, who also spent time as a legal nurse consultant for Clark, Thomas and Winters (CTW). She is now a full-time mother of three, and an avid athlete competing in numerous running and cycling events across Central Texas. She is a member of Dell Children’s Medical Trust and has published a children’s book, Stella and the Little Tree, to fund Down syndrome medical research.

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Liz Jones-Dilworth

Public Relations Chair of the Board

(512) 406-1443

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Liz Jones-Dilworth is the VP of Operations at Jones-Dilworth Inc., a marketing and public relations firm that focuses on early-stage technologies. JDI also works with the nonprofit Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas.  Previously, she taught communications at the University of Texas. She loves to explore the restaurants, parks, and swimming holes around Austin.

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Guillermo Carrillo

Vice-President and Comite Latino Chair

Guillermo Carrillo has a wonderful wife and 3 children. The Carrillo’s have been involved with DSACT since 2007. Guillermo is self employed and his family loves the community here in Austin. Guillermo enjoys trail running and competing in endurance runs. The Carrillo’s stay busy around their home but make the time to help DSACT as much as possible. “I consider helping others a responsibility and privilege.”

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Phil West

(512) 769-3838

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