Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County
DSF serves families, educators and therapists in Orange County and surrounding areas. DSF also provides support and service to Down syndrome associations across the nation and families and professionals around the world.
Our Vision - Effective education and community inclusion for people with Down syndrome.
Our Mission - To serve people with Down syndrome through develpment of educational, social and support programs delivered in partnership with individuals, families, professionals and communities.
We believe in the civil rights of people with Down syndrome. Protecting and promoting the rights of people with Down syndrome expands independence and choice.
We believe in inclusion. Including people with Down syndrome in neighborhood schools, community activities and the business world benefits both the individuals and their respective communities.
We believe that knowledge empowers. By sharing information regarding best practices, current research and effective tools, we serve both people with Down syndrome and those who support them.
We believe in collaboration. Working with Down syndrome groups and community partners on the local, state, national and international levels enhances our ability to serve people with Down syndrome.
Our Work - DSF is most well known for its innovative work in developing and implementing The Learning Program™. Guided by an expert Advisory Board as to evidence-based approaches to teaching children with Down syndrome, The Learning Program™ has become a nationally-recognized model for parent-focused educational intervention. Preschools and elementary schools have also begun to recognize the program’s value and resources.