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Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Down Syndrome, Health

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.

Programs: Providing information and support for those interested in down syndrome.

providing information and support for those interested in downs syndrome.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Ampy C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Kathy B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jessica M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Tammy H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Jerrie R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a nephew born with Down Syndrome. At first I didn't know what to expect, since I had never really had any experience with this diagnosis. As luck would have it, my nephew was born to an amazing woman, Christy Knight. As soon as she learned of the diagnosis, she immersed herself in learning about Down Syndrome, and started the organization. I have seen it grow from a Buddy Walk of about a 100 people, to one of almost a thousand, and growing every year.
This organization has made a difference in not only the person with Downs, but the families also. It is an organization that looks to include everyone, so that even the siblings (or in my case, an Aunt) can be invloved in as much as they want. The organization is always having clinics, field trips, and parties so that the people with Downs, can have experiences, and learn, just like any one else.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley is the most oriented and focused organization that I have had the pleasure of being a part of. This group of people are very dedicated and committed to the awareness and inclusion of people with Down's Syndrome. Always there to help in any way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Down Syndrome Assoc. of the Brazos Valley is one of the most informative, organized organizations I have ever had the priviledge to be associated with. The web site is comprehensive with links that are beneficial.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley is an wonderful
organization. My nephew was born with Down Syndrome and my Brother and Sister in Law strive to make his life just like anybody elses. I admire my sister in law more than anybody I know because she works tirelessly to make sure Colton and all his friends have a normal life by making the public aware of how special and giving these children can be. Also they can grow up and lead very productive lives. I have got to go to a couple of their Buddy Walks and my heart was filled with all the love I saw that day. In the world we live in this is a very special thing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley was a recommended reference to my family when our child was born with a different set of special needs. The resources and information they had collected and had on their website was a tremendous help in finding what was available to us outside the Early Intervention program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BEN ERDMAN AND WENDY ERDMAN HAD VOLUNTEERED THE FITNESS WALK WE ALLSO VOLUNTEERED TO HLEP SELL THE CALENDARS,
ALL SO WE VOLUNTEERED AT THE BUDDY WALK EVERY YEAR,

BEN WAS ONCE A BOARD MEMBER HIT HIT FOR NEXT ELECTION
WE ALSO HOST BOARD MEETINGS AT OUR HOUSE WHEN BEN WAS ON THE BOARD. WE ALLSO WHENT TO CONFERENCE MEETINGS

WE ALSO HELPED IN A GARAGE SALE AT MANDY HOUSE

LeAnn B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My nephew is Colton Kniht & he was born with Downs Syndrome. The role of the Down Syndrome group of Bryan-College Station has provided Colton as well as all of the members with wonderful opportunites such as camp, social interaction functions, education for parents, kids, families and the general public. This orgainization is teaching not only the ones with downs but the families as well, about healthy eating, how important exercise is, social interaction, how to deal with "stares" and questions and most of all, frienships that will last a lifetime. The group has worked hard to involve and educate everyone in the community. It has provided a wonderful teaching tool to the volunteer groups in & around the Bryan-College Station area. The group also is very active with teaching wrtiting, everyday life skills, and how to be productive citizens. This group is awsome.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Down Syndrome Associate of Brazos Valley is a valuable resource for families as well as the public. Thank you for being here providing information for everyone!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful expierence with DSABV in so many ways. There has been Buddy walk for the past 7 years whitch I have been a part of from start to finish. there is FADS (fun for adults with down syndrome) or any other dissability, bingo night whitch I have been the caller. Partys and dances galore that the kids and adults REALLY enjoy, the list goes on and on.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This organization plays a very vital part in our community . My grandaughtr has been involved more than she would be without their
efforts . I continue to support her and others to become more involved and aware of how we as parents , grandparents ,and friends can support our children to become the most they can be .