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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 hopeful.

Our Members
DSA members are diverse. Everyone is welcome. We share one vision - an inclusive world that appreciates individuals with Down syndrome, where potential is limitless - and inclusion is expected, embraced and practiced.

Our History
Over the past thirty 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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Bob Schilli - President (parent)
Marcella Roberts - Vice President (parent)
Kathy Olive - Treasurer (parent) 
Allison Maners - Secretary (parent) 

Board Members: 
Katherine Barr - special needs lawyer & Executive Board Member,  Betty Bell - early intervention specialist, Dr.John Cortopassi - pediatrician,  Ed Kerr - grandparent, Leisa Lee - administrator, Will McCalley - parent, Beverly Mulvihill - grandparent & Chair of Education Committee, Lauren Pearson - sibling, Scott Shunnarah, parent & Past President Emeritus, Dr. James Strong, parent & Chair of Medical Committee, Susan Sturdivant - parent & Chair of Membership Committee, Deb Sullivan - Special Olympics, Doug Williamson - parent & Executive Board Member

Most Recent Board Meeting Agenda & Report to Members