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MISSION

Our life-changing support and services enable people with Down syndrome to live to their fullest potential.

VISION

We serve as the expert resource and lead community mobilizer, sharing knowledge and creating solutions for people with Down syndrome.

VALUES

  • Community – we promote meaningful connections in everything we do
  • Innovation – we think broadly and boldly in pursuit of excellence
  • Individuality – we value the unique potential of every person
  • Passion – we are deeply and personally committed to making a difference
  • Trust – we work collaboratively to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes

Our History

Down Syndrome Innovations, formerly Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City (DSG), was founded in 1984 by a group of parents who shared a vision to support families experiencing the birth of a child with Down syndrome. Like all loving parents, they wanted their kids to thrive and wanted support and community. They wanted their children to grow up happy, healthy, encouraged, and empowered.

Our organization was incorporated in 1986 and received its 501(c)(3) not-for-profit exempt status in 1987. We have spent nearly four decades developing a proven portfolio of comprehensive support services and programs that other Down syndrome organizations across the United States replicate. These programs create positive outcomes for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

Today, we are recognized as one of the leading Down syndrome organizations in the world. Powered by our visionary team and generous community, we have dreamed big! Our organizational transformation has resulted in the expansion our services (to all ages!) and our campus—with our state-of-the-art Lifelong Learning Campus. The DSG of yesterday has evolved into the Down Syndrome Innovations of tomorrow…

We have passionately strengthened our expertise as we have redefined what is possible for the people we serve. In 2021, our organization transformed with a rebranded identity to more clearly emphasize our expanding services and campus.

Our new brand mirrors this exciting chapter of our story. Our life-changing support and services will enable people with Down syndrome to live to their fullest potential. We are your trusted partner for every step of the journey. And, this is just the beginning…

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Our Unique Approach

Singular Focus

Our singular focus on Down syndrome gives us expertise and experience unique to our work.

Broad Vision

Our broad vision includes multiple facets across the full lifespan for seamless transitions in support.

Informed Optimism

Our informed optimism sees bright possibilities for people with Down syndrome based on decades of real experience.

Innovative Spirit

Our innovative spirit keeps us at the forefront, imagining possibilities and advancing the field of knowledge.