The Hawaii Down Syndrome Congress was
established in April of 1985 and if affiliated with the National Down
Syndrome Congress and the National Down Syndrome Society. We are a
Non-profit organization of families and professionals. We have members in the Hawaiian Islands, and the Pacific
Basin, and are presently serving over 190 families.
Our mission is to foster self
advocacy and self confidence in persons with Down syndrome and their
families. We are building a sense of community and fellowship for all
persons concerned with Down Syndrome. We provide the latest updates and
research to parents and professionals throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Currently we provide:
- Outreach to parents of newborns with Down Syndrome.
- Provide newborn information packets.
- Social functions to foster fellowship and social interaction.
- Educational opportunities and resources.
- Public relation activities to inform the general public about Down Syndrome.
- Meetings that provide emotional and psychological support.
- Serve as activists and advocated on behalf of children with special needs.
- Lending a library of books, video and audio tapes.
It was only a few decades ago that babies born with Down syndrome were routinely institutionalized or kept behind closed doors at home. Today, people with Down syndrome attend college, work in productive jobs, and take an active part in their communities. People's attitudes towards individuals with disabilities have changed, Our organization is dedicated to insure all opportunities are available for people with Down syndrome.