Human Services

Down Syndrome Association of Houston

aka DSAH

Houston, TX

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

1974

Executive Director

Kim Torres

Main Address

7115 W. Tidwell Bldg K, Suite 106

Houston, TX 77092 USA

Formerly Known As

Parents of Children with Down Syndrome

Keywords

Down syndrome, dsah, special needs, houston, special education

EIN

23-7203655

 Number

1009044409

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2018, 2017 and 2016.
Register now

Social Media

Blog

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Education for Life

"Congratulations!" Program

Coffee and Confidence

Empowerment through Education Workshop Series

Community Groups

Community Support

Resource Center

Skill Builders

Where we work

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

The Down Syndrome Association of Houston has a three year strategic plan. This plan contains SMART goals based on increasing value, inclusion, and empowerment. Data is collected after each event DSAH hosts by surveying attendees on the event's ability to increase one of these three components.

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.

External Reviews

Photos

Financials

Down Syndrome Association of Houston

Need more info on this nonprofit?

Need more info on this nonprofit?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • A Pro report is also available for this organization.

See what's included

Operations

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

Need more info?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • A Pro report is also available for this organization.

See what's included

Board Leadership Practices

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/11/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data