About Us  

Who We Are

Down Syndrome Association of the Valley is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which serves individuals with Down syndrome throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Established in 2007, DSAV is committed to providing support, resources, advocacy, education and opportunity to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and our communities throughout the region.


To us, there is no greater joy than seeing all individuals accepted and included in the same activities as their peers. At DSAV, we provide enriching experiences, programs and grants to our members, which foster that personal growth and pride in accomplishment. Membership is free and open to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, educators, healthcare professionals and anyone interested in making a difference in the lives of those with Down syndrome.


DSAV is an affiliate member of the National Down Syndrome Society, the National Down Syndrome Congress and Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action


In 2009, DSAV Center for Success was opened in Boardman, Ohio. This location is the first center of its kind in the region. From hosting meetings and lectures to support groups and activities, the Center for Success serves as a hub of all activity for DSAV.       


What We Do

DSAV offers year-round programs and events for our members and the community, including:

  • New parents and pre-natal support

  • Medical, legal and educational lectures

  • Community and social events

  • Age responsive programming and materials

  • Resource and referral services

  • Public awareness, outreach and advocacy

  • The Annual Buddy Walk of the Valley, the region’s largest Down syndrome advocacy and awareness event


Our goal is to create opportunities where individuals with Down syndrome can actively participate in society and reach their full potential. Such programs include:

  • Buddy Up Tennis fitness program to promote physical fitness and inclusion

  • iCan Shine Bike Camp for individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a two-wheeled bicycle


In addition to our programs, DSAV awards family grants each year. These grants provide families with the latest technology and tools to encourage development and include:

  • Speech, physical and occupational therapy

  • Vision screening and vision therapy

  • Inclusive sports activities

  • Summer tutor

  • YMCA membership

  • Therapeutic horse riding program

  • Special formula/supplemental nutrition    


DSAV also awards academic scholarships to individuals pursuing post-secondary fields of study that directly benefit individuals with Down syndrome.


Through DSAV Literacy, Arts and Math Program, iPads are distributed yearly to members, via a grant application process, to use in school and at home to increase vocabulary, sight words, math facts, reading comprehension and drawing skills.