Mission, Vision and Values Louise Bowden
Our mission at DSNetwork is to educate, support and advocate for those in our community touched by Down syndrome.
DSNetwork achieves this through an open, supportive and collaborative network that connects individuals and families with needed resources and information.
A community that embraces, supports and inspires individuals with Down syndrome to live healthy, self-determined and fulfilling lives.
To provide information to assist people with Down syndrome and their families to better understand and arrange for services.
To provide networking opportunities for people with Down syndrome and their families.
To promote greater public understanding of people with Down syndrome and the syndrome itself.
To effect change in policies and behavior to improve services, education, employment and overall quality of life for people with Down syndrome and their families.
We are TRUSTWORTHY in our daily responsibilities and commitment to others.
We use EMPATHY in our interactions and RESPECT toward others in all that we do.
We carry out our responsibilities with the utmost INTEGRITY.
We COLLABORATE with and rely on our community partners.
We are INNOVATIVE and seek opportunities to be original and creative.
We are INVESTED, devoting our time, effort and energy to our mission.
In January 2002, a group of parents of children with Down syndrome got together to discuss the sometimes confusing situations that arise while raising a child with Down syndrome. From that discussion, the idea was born for a `one-stop information source’ to consolidate the innumerable resources that one must invariably wade through when searching for specialized information and Down Syndrome Network (DSNetwork) was formed.