DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF BRAZOS VALLEY

Rating: 4.91 stars   34 reviews

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Location: 2910 Horseback Ct. College Station TX 77845 USA

Mission: The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley is to enlighten the public by promoting a positive understanding of Down syndrome in the community and be a source of support, information and education for families and individuals affected by Down syndrome.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization continues to be an integral part of the community. Besides providing information about Down Syndrome, it also promotes awareness and proclaims, rightly so, that we are more alike than different. The organization is continuously providing activities for children with Down Syndrome, and the attendance for the annual Buddy Walk grows larger every year.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Down Syndrome Support Group of Bryan-College Station has given the community so much to be thankful for. The annual Buddy Walk is an opportunity to see first hand that indeed "We're More Alike than Different." You can actually feel the love in the air. The Association and its volunteers have done such a wonderful job in promoting public awareness that the Walk had to be moved to a different location in order to have enough room for all the participants!

A look at the calendar on the Group’s website shows the many activities that they are connected with and participate in from dances and camps to Special Olympics and seminars and beyond. In addition, the support that this Group gives to parents of Down Syndrome children is a much needed service. It lets parents know that they are not alone – that the support of other parents whose children have similar disabilities is immediately available and never ending.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been moved to tears seeing the long line of participants in the Buddy Walk.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything that I would change. I know that if I had the means, I would definitely give financial support to this amazing Group.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley was there for us literally from the day our son was born. They helped us to understand Down's Syndrome, and gave us a better understanding of how it would impact our son, his life and the lives of the rest of our family.

Their work in increasing awareness of Down's Syndrome in our community and helping people to overcome their pre-conceived ideas about it has been invaluable to families of the Down's Syndrome children. Their contributions cannot be over-stated.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increased understanding of Down's, being able to better understand our son and his needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

DSABV is a great organization that has really benefited my nephew that was born with down syndrome 7 years ago. Without this organization I feel my nephew will not be as advanced as he is. It really brings the community together and everyone helps each other out.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing my nephew recieve great benenfits throughout the years

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I believe this organization was great and just gets better as the years past

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Rating: 5 stars  

When we found out we were going to have a grandchild with Down Syndrome, the Down Syndrome Support Group was there offering their services immediately to help educate our families about Down Syndrome. They offered us books, videos and their support during the pregnancy and after our beautiful granddaughter was born. We could not have made it thru the difficult time without Christy Knight and her team. They continue to guide us and other families in this community that have special needs and give them resources that we not have otherwise.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Christy and the board members continue to show us the way and help make decisions that are best for the special needs community members.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No Changes needed!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been part of this group since 2005 which was the year my daughter was born. It has been a great source of information for me and my family. Not only does the group help new families when they have a child born with Down Syndrome they also put on educational conferences, social activities, and educational activities, such as handwriting, math, and reading classes. I have been a board member for a little over a year now and it has given my insight on how the group in ran. This is one of the best groups to be apart of. We all love our kids very much and work hard to provide the best for them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating in the various activities including the Buddy Walk for the past 5 years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to help recruit new members.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has Down Syndrome. He has been a part of the Brazos Valley Down Syndrome Association. This organization has built friendships with the kids and the parents. Many of the things that the kids have been able to participate include: Handwriting without Tears, Nutrition Class, exercise class, reading and math and family dances all geared towards kids with Down Syndrome. The organization just put on a Sexuality class for Kids with mental disabilities. It was great! The parents receive information during the year that is very helpful as they try to raise a child with special needs. I would highly recommend joining the Brazos Valley Association of Down Syndrome it is a true blessing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have benefited from this organization in that I have gotten information about health related issues. My son has just gotten new eye glasses that are made especially for Down Syndrome kids. Wow what a difference. The information at workshops has been great.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of a thing that I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has Down Syndrome. We contacted the support group when he was a baby. The group has been an amazing and comforting resource for our family, from supporting us emotionally to providing educational and developmental opportunities for our son, us (as parents), and for educators. I also greatly appreciate the efforts to increase awareness of Down syndrome in the community. I feel that these efforts are making the community a more welcoming and understanding place for my son.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the friendships & support group. I've also learned many specific skills to help my son develop to his potential.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase outreach to pregnant women who are receiving test results indicating that their child has Down syndrome. I would love to see more people involved.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

a friend

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

to reach out to people and accept support from others in the community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with our association for the past five years. I first sought out information when my grandaughter was born with down syndrome. As I got to know Christy and the other members I could see what an awesome service organization it is. I have over the years been involves in many of the events and have seen the benefit it is to our kids and their families.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the growth and progress that our kids have made, from participating in the opportunuties that are provided.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would clone Christy.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization (dsabv) has been such a help to us with a grandson with Down Syn. We have attended and been a sponsor of Buddy Walk which provides a community support system that makes us all feel part of one family. Christy has worked tirelessly to promote education for the public while building support for the pt. and family of Down Syndrome.
We are very appreciative of this organization!
Sincerely, John Young of Caldwell

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes Our grandson has Downs. We have gained much from associating with this org.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed from our perspective.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I used to be an aide for special needs kids in Marshall, Texas. I grew to love those kids with all my heart. Those kids were mainly autistic so I didnt know that people with Down Syndrome can also be extremely productive and happy in life. Then I learned one of my Mom's best friends is the president of the College Station Down Syndrome chapter. I have been to Buddy Walks she organizes and I have seen how people with Down Syndrome are more good natured than so called normal people can be and love to dance. I have seen a married couple with Downs and I have seen others with the courage to learn to talk and socialize. This is what I have learned from this organization and much more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I used to be an aide for special needs kids in Marshall, Texas. I grew to love those kids with all my heart. Those kids were mainly autistic so I didnt know that people with Down Syndrome can also be extremely productive and happy in life.I have seen a married couple with Downs and I have seen others with the courage to learn to talk and socialize. This is what I have learned from this organization and much more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try and see how I could volunteer more for this organization but I only have to ask.

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