The Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada (DSOSN) became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1987. (Federal Tax ID # 94-3040560). It is a community of families who care for individuals with Down syndrome, along with people who were impacted by the effects of meeting and getting deeply close to individuals with Down syndrome, and the people with Down syndrome themselves. 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 that provide services to individuals with special needs such as Best Buddies and Opportunity Village.
The DSOSN offers support, direction, services and resources to hundreds of Southern Nevada families caring for individuals with 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 enjoy a fulfilling life with the assistance and support of the DSOSN and their families.
The programs and services we provide include speech, music and developmental therapies, as well as life skills development and educational seminars. We have some valuable resources for families, which includes Hispanic outreach, Medical Outreach, our Lending Resource Library, the New Parent Program, the Learning 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 a part time Office Manager. The organization is governed by a 9-person board of directors. We publish monthly email newsletters highlighting the common issues about Down syndrome. It also features news and announcements about events in Southern Nevada that impact the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families.