The mission of Down Syndrome Association of Central California, aka DSACC, is to enhance the quality of life for all people whose lives are touched by Down syndrome. The goal of the organization is to provide programs that promote greater awareness of the developmental, educational, and social potential of people with Down syndrome. In particular, these programs benefit people with Down syndrome, their family members, and the social science, education, and medical professionals who support them. We serve people with Down syndrome and their families, healthcare providers, and educators. Our catchment area includes six counties: Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Madera, Mariposa and Merced.
The organization was founded by five families from the Central Valley who began meeting in June of 1999 to lay the foundation for the association that we know today. We were originally known as Fresno Area Down Syndrome Society and changed our name in September of 2009. Our first organization meeting was held in August of 1999. We are a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation officially established in January of 2000. A constitution and set of bylaws were formulated at that time using examples from similar successful organizations around the country as their basis. In addition, the governing documents were drafted in conformance with Roberts Rules of Order, latest revision. DSACC is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of an Executive Board and Members at Large. The fiscal year begins January 1st.