Down Syndrome Association of Houston

aka DSAH   |   Houston, TX   |  www.dsah.org

Mission

The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Houston is to provide lifelong education, support, and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the communities they live within.

Ruling year info

1974

Executive Director

Glenn Urbach

Main address

7115 W. Tidwell Rd Bldg K, Suite 106

Houston, TX 77092 USA

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Formerly known as

Parents of Children with Down Syndrome

EIN

23-7203655

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Down Syndrome Association of Houston aims to increase the value placed on individuals with Down syndrome within the Greater Houston Area, increase the rates in which these same individuals are included, and empower them to realize their personal goals and aspirations. This vision comes from the fact that individuals with Down syndrome are underrepresented in the workforce and have fewer chances to be included with their non-disabled peers in educational and recreational activities. Additionally, a history of low expectations for individuals with Down syndrome has led many to believe that they are incapable of achieving personal goals even though research says differently.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education for Life

The Education for Life Day Program nurtures lifelong learning in adults with Down syndrome through a flexible, person-centered curriculum-based program. Our curriculum, Meaningful Day, creates engaging activities and opportunities for program participants by: providing opportunities to actively participate in and integrate into the community, providing continued learning opportunities, encouraging self-advocacy, and fostering self-sufficiency through participant-centered activities. Additionally the Education for Life program offers after hours activities including Bloom Fitness cycle, dance, and weightlifting classes, a pantomime troupe that performs at events across Houston, and a theater arts program designed specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities. Participants also have the opportunity to apply and train for DSAH internships. Contact us for more information.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The purpose of the “Congratulations!” Program is to congratulate parents of newborn babies with Down syndrome. In a world where others often express sorrow for the birth of a child with Down syndrome, we want to say, with pride, reassurance, and passion, “Congratulations!” Additionally, the "Congratulations!" Program provides ongoing support, information, and referrals to parents throughout the first year of their child's life. The program culminates each each with a new member party. This event brings all of the parents of new babies with Ds together to celebrate the value of their little one's lives.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Come for the (Starbucks) coffee and leave with confidence. This community group program provides support to families who have a child under the age of three with Ds (this includes families with a prenatal diagnosis). Each session is hosted by a seasoned parent who has navigated the road to raising a child with Ds. Join us at our next session and leave ready to take on the world!

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

These workshops are meant to provide individuals with Ds, their family members, and the community that serves them access to high-quality, relevant information in the form of short 1-2 hour presentations. Topics vary widely, but focus on empowering our stakeholders to value and include individuals with Ds more. Past sessions have included topics on IEP support, potty training, long-term planning, and technology supports.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Community groups are the heart of our organization. They provide local support, resources, and events for individuals with Ds and their families. In a city as large as Houston, bringing resources to parents is instrumental in meeting our mission and vision.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

DSAH is proud to offer our expertise and services to schools, companies, and other nonprofit organizations. If we could help improve your understanding of intellectual disabilities, increase your inclusion rates, or provide any Down syndrome related support, please call us today!

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

As a mission-driven nonprofit, we pride ourselves on being able to provide information and referrals to any individual with Ds, their family members, and the community members that support them. If you have a question related to Down syndrome, please call our office. Staff and volunteers are available to support you year around.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Skill Builders are activities designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome by building self-confidence and self-determination skills. Currently we offer Adapted Ballet in collaboration with the Houston Ballet and Special Olympics Panther Pack Bowling. New programs will be announced through our newsletter subscription, so join today.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Down Syndrome Association of Houston aims to create a Greater Houston community where individuals with Down syndrome are valued for their unique talents and abilities, are included in education, work, and recreational activities, and are encouraged to realize their personal goals and aspirations.

The Down Syndrome Association of Houston will provide individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community members they live and work with the opportunity to participate in inclusive and reverse-inclusive community events, attend high-quality, needs-based learning sessions, and provide free information and referral support.

The Down Syndrome Association of Houston operates under a Board of Directors selected because of their career skill-sets and passion for serving individuals with special needs. The staff is led by a long-time special needs advocate and master of public administration. As executive director Kim Torres has exponentially increased the organization's network of community supports within her first year of service. With Kim comes a staff built on the ideal that one person can change the world. This highly passionate staff is also highly skilled. Staff members contain undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students focused on work in social services, education, and nonprofit management. Staff regularly attended continuing education courses.

The organization also boasts a 5,000 square foot resource center that houses the administrative offices and Education for Life Day Program for adults with Down syndrome. The facility is equipped with technology and educational resources.

Through a diverse income structure that includes donations, fundraising events, grants, program fees, and medicaid waiver payments, the Down Syndrome Association of Houston is financially capable of realizing it goals as well.

As of January 2020, DSAH is in the first month of a new three year strategic plan. This comes after rewording the mission and vision statements in Fall 2019. While our organization is continuing to do the same life-changing work that it has always done, the data to prove this based on the new plan is not available yet. We hope to have preliminary data to share by mid to late 2020. We will continue to outreach and support or stakeholders.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Down Syndrome Association of Houston

Board of directors
as of 9/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jack Bates

DXP Enterprises, Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2021

Belinda Garza-Gaddis

TUCKER, VAUGHAN, GARDNER, BARNES & GARCIA, P.C.

Jack Bates

DXP Enterprises, INc.

Tommie Garcia

DXP Enterprises, INc.

Martin Meredith

Retired

Brenda Hejnal

Retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/13/2021

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