Phil West

(512) 769-3838

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3710 Cedar Street

Austin, Texas, 78705

United States


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.


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Austin American Statesman

Commentary: Why we observe World Down Syndrome Day

Jennifer A. Edwards – March 21st, 2019

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Down syndrome nonprofit hires new boss

January 29th, 2019

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Spectrum News Austin

Down Syndrome Buddy Walk Held in Georgetown

October 21st, 2018

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Fox 7 Austin

2018 Buddy Walk

Lauren Petrowski – October 10th, 2018

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Austin American Statesman

How to plan your estate when you have a child with special needs

September 17th, 2018

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Spectrum News Austin

Austin Kayak Camp helps kids learn important skills

June 12th, 2018

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Fox 7 Austin

Cocktail Bash to support DSACT

Amanda Salinas – April 9th, 2018

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Austin 360

Two dozen Austin parties you don’t want to miss

Michael Barnes – March 23rd, 2018



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.


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.


Phil West

(512) 769-3838

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2011 Calendar Gala Video

2nd Generation Video – June 30th, 2012

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Suzzanne Shepherd – February 15th, 2010