Founded by five families from the Central Valley, the foundation for the association that we know today began with a meeting around a kitchen table in June of 1999.
Known originally as Fresno Area Down Syndrome Society, our first official organization meeting was held in August of 1999. In September of 2009 the name was changed to better represent the large area the organization had grown to serve: Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties.
Ryan & Shannon Coats
Leslie & Dennis Bergquist
The mission of Down Syndrome Association of Central California (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 and events that promote greater awareness of the developmental, educational, and social potential of people with Down syndrome. These programs benefit people with Down syndrome, their family members, and the social science, education, and medical professionals who support them.
Officially established in January of 2000, DSACC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Board of Directors
We're managed by a Board of Directors consisting of an Executive Board and Members at Large.
We're financed through private donations, grants, fundraising and many in-kind service donations.