DSSW provides 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

2019 Board of Directors

Jennifer Allen, treasurer

Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, chtd.

Richard Dodd, vice president

Healthcare Service Group

Julie Etzler

Intrust Bank

Kara Farney

St. Francis Ministries

Alicia Grissom


Beth Hollenbeck, secretary


Tamara Petrin

Youth Entrepreneurs, president

Briann Schrader

The Phoenix • caregiver

Alicia Simon

Allen, Gibbs, & Houlik

Ivory Reed

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Denise Sawyer


A safe space highlighting capabilities
rather than emphasizing disabilities