Our History

The Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada (DSOSN) became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1987 and is comprised of families with a child who has Down syndrome, and others who are interested in the effects of Down syndrome on those families. (FD TAX ID # 94-3040560) We are affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Congress, The National Down Syndrome Society, the National Association for Down Syndrome and the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action.  We are a member of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and collaborate with other agencies the service individuals with special needs such as Best Buddies, Positively Kids and I AM PERFECT.

The DSOSN offers support, direction, services and resources to hundreds of Southern Nevada families affected by Down syndrome.

Early intervention and support play a direct role in the successful integration of these valuable citizens into the family and the community. Individuals with Down syndrome can become active, participating members of the community, and can enjoy an active and fulfilling life with the assistance of the DSOSN.

The programs and services we provide include speech, music and developmental therapies as well as life skill and educational seminars, support groups such as the DADS and M.O.M.S. Groups, Hispanic outreach, Medical Outreach, our Lending Resource Library, the New Parent Program, member socials and the Teen and Young Adult Club (The Cool 21’s). The DSOSN serves those in the greater Las Vegas, Nevada area, including the cities of Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, and other areas of Clark County as well as Pahrump.

The DSOSN is funded primarily through the generosity of our supporters, which include members of the medical community, the business community, corporations, foundation grants, individual supporters, and the families of the special, vulnerable people we love so much. We do not receive any state or federal funding.

The DSOSN employs a fulltime Director of Fund Development and two part time Office Staff. The organization is governed by a 9-person board of directors. We publish a periodic newsletter that deals with many of the issues surrounding Down syndrome, and features news and announcements about events in Southern Nevada that impact the lives of individuals and families in Southern Nevada affected by Down syndrome.