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About DSA

Our Philosophy
Individuals with Down syndrome are exceptional. We believe that they can and will excel in our communities. Together, we can make their world a brighter place.

Our Members
DSA members are diverse. Everyone is welcome. We share one vision--a world for individuals with Down syndrome where limitless potential is accepted, expected and embraced.

Our History
Over the past twenty years, DSA has become a key player among disability groups, pioneered educational changes, created numerous opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, and most importantly, reached out to countless individuals with Down syndrome and their families to offer emotional, social and educational support.

Our Affiliations
DSA is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Congress and the National Down Syndrome Society. DSA also has strong partnerships with many statewide agencies and advocacy groups. In 2008 DSA became a member of Alabama Association of Nonprofits (AAN)

Our Leadership
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Officers: 
Scott Shunnarah - President 
Bob Schilli - Vice President
Kathy Olive - Treasurer
Allison Maners - Secretary 

Board Members: 
Marla Aldrich - educator, Katherine Barr - special needs lawyer,  Betty Bell - early intervention specialist, Dr.John Cortopassi - pediatrician,  Ed Kerr - grandparent, Leisa Lee - administrator, Christian Maniscalco - businessman, Will McCalley - parent, Beverly Mulvihill - grandparent, Lauren Pearson - sibling, Marcella Roberts - parent, Dr. James Strong, parent, Susan Sturdivant - parent, Deb Sullivan - Special Olympics, Doug Williamson - parent, Lindy Williamson - sibling