Down syndrome (DS) also known as Trisomy 21, occurs when an individual has a 3rdcopy of chromosome 21. One in every 700 babies in the U.S. is born with DS, making it the most common chromosomal condition. In 1983, the average life expectancy of a person with Down syndrome was a mere 25 years old. Today, it is 60.
Started by a group of mothers in 2006, DSGO is an organization made up of a committed group of parents, professionals and other interested parties dedicated to creating an extensive network of support for individuals with Down syndrome and those who love and serve them in Southwest Missouri. Our Board of Directors has six committed family members and area business leaders shaping the future. We have one employee, an Executive Director.
It is our goal to become the leading resource of Down syndrome information for new and expectant parents, students, healthcare professionals, educators and all Southwest Missouri citizens. We also are striving to bring awareness to early intervention services, promote inclusive education, highlight appropriate medical services, encourage quality employment opportunities, and advocate for community awareness and acceptance.
Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks exists to bring life and wellness to families who are advocating towards a community of inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome.