Welcome to the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley
Welcome to our website. We hope you find it as a resource for anyone seeking to learn about Down syndrome, as well as a way to celebrate the extraordinary lives of people touched by Down syndrome.
Founded in 2002, our original name was the Down Syndrome Support Group of the Brazos Valley. Our has changed over the decade, but our purpose remains true. We are a community of individuals and couples with Down syndrome, self-advocates, families, friends and professionals.
Our community-based support allows us to host and sponsor regular social activities, year-round educational programs, conferences, workshops and community events. We are fortunate to live an a loving and inclusive community that is aware of the inherent worth, value and contributions of people with Down syndrome, as well as those with other disabilities.
We strive to foster friendships and offer mutual support. Relationships matter, and we work to build partnerships with parents, educators, medical professionals, community leaders, agencies and disability support groups nationwide.
We work to provide the opportunity, education and resources to empower our members so they may realize their lives’ aspirations and ambitions.
What is Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome is the most common survivable genetic difference affecting one in every 733 live births according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Trisomy 21,” the most common type of Down syndrome, is caused by an extra (third) copy of the 21st chromosome. The genes on the extra chromosome interact with other genes causing varying degrees of learning difficulties as well as physical disabilities.
The learning difficulties or degree of intellectual disability can be mild to severe, but most commonly falls somewhere in the moderate area.