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Founded

1991

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3710 Cedar Street

Austin, Texas, 78705

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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 serves more than 5,000 members residing in 15 Central Texas counties. Our recreation programs serve hundreds of individuals in all age ranges. In addition, we engage the medical and educational communities in Central Texas by providing timely guidance and research from the Down syndrome community in presentations, consultations, and individual support.

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

Commentary: Why we observe World Down Syndrome Day

Jennifer A. Edwards – March 21st, 2019

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The Business Journals

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

Camp teaches kids with Down syndrome, autism to ride a bike

Nicole Villalpando – September 25th, 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

OUR TEAM

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Jennifer A. Edwards

Executive Director

Jennifer comes to DSACT with many years of leadership experience in nonprofits, from grassroots to national organizations. These organizations all had something in common: wonderful missions. It was the DSACT mission that attracted Jennifer to join the DSACT team. Most recently Jennifer was Chief Executive Officer of Literacy Texas, the statewide adult literacy coalition. Jennifer has specific expertise in governance, strategic planning, and fundraising. A long time (south) Austinite, she enjoys painting, reading, and traveling.

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Allie McCann

Co-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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Kyle Henry

Co-President of the Board

Kyle Henry was introduced to DSACT through the new parent outreach program when his daughter was born with Down syndrome in 2006. At the time he remembers the kind and understanding voice of the outreach coordinator. He now appreciates the opportunities that call created for his daughter and family to participate in DSACT programs and to develop friendships with other members. Kyle joined the DSACT board in 2016 to help continue creating new opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Kyle’s professional experience is in corporate strategy and operations at Accenture and AMD.  He currently leads corporate development for a technology startup company.

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Liz Jones-Dilworth

Secretary and Public Relations Chair

(512) 406-1443

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Liz Jones-Dilworth is a Vice President at JDI, a boutique marketing agency that focuses on science and technology. At JDI, she oversees company finances, team development, recruitment, and culture. In addition to serving on the board of directors for DSACT, Liz is on the programming committee for Culturati Summit, a conference where leaders study culture building.