Our mission is to provide programs and services that educate, connect, develop and advocate to improve the lives of the Down syndrome community.

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    Three main serving areas including:

    •Wichita and surrounding communities
    •Garden City and surrounding communities
    •Hutchinson and surrounding communities


    We are proud to welcome over 20 new families annually

    •DSSW provides support and programs for infants, through adulthood
    •Families with new babies are given a special basket full of resources,
    gifts and books to assist them on their journey
    Families with older individuals are welcomed with a special book and resource cards for connections


    We provide support and resources to ALL

    •We provide support to Spanish-speaking families regularly
    •We gladly serve individuals with Down syndrome of all ages
    •We maintain healthy relationships with area agencies who provide services outside of our scope

    We serve 300+ families in the
    lower 1/3 and western communities of Kansas

    275+ volunteers yearly

    2020 Board of Directors

    Jennifer Allen, treasurer

    Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, chtd.

    Richard Dodd

    Healthcare Service Group

    Julie Etzler, vice president

    First National Bank of Hutchinson

    Alicia Grissom


    Beth Hollenbeck, secretary


    Briann Schrader

    The Phoenix • caregiver

    Alicia Simon

    Allen, Gibbs, & Houlik

    Ivory Reed

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    Denise Sawyer, president


    A safe space highlighting capabilities
    rather than emphasizing disabilities