DSACNJ Mission

The Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey is a non-profit organization, dedicated to providing support, education, opportunity and enrichment to persons with Down Syndrome and their families. We are a point of contact for information and support for families who have received the diagnosis either during pregnancy or after birth of their child and through the lifespan. In addition, we educate our community at large about Down Syndrome with the hopes of breaking down barriers, eliminating misconceptions, and promoting inclusion for those with Down Syndrome. Our organization has worked to improve communication in the medical community. We advocate for parents to receive their child’s diagnosis in a sensitive manner, without bias, and accompanied by accurate information on what it means to have Down syndrome and the amazing capabilities of people with Down syndrome. DSACNJ also strives to help children and adults reach their full potential through the development of “Club DREAMS” which will offer academic, therapeutic, and extracurricular programs as well as training in life skills, job skills and provision of job opportunity to people with Down syndrome.

DSACNJ Non-Discrimination Statement

The Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring, and firing of staff or subcontractors, selection of board members, selection of volunteers and vendors, acceptance of members, provision of services, and participation in programming.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, vendors, and clients.  All are welcome to participate in our programs.

Board members vary in age, race, gender, ethnicity, and ability, and are from a wide array of backgrounds.  We solicit input from meeting participants to ensure that different voices are heard, and that people feel respected and valued.

We proactively seek out volunteers from local schools in underserved communities by offering service-learning opportunities to connect classroom lessons with meaningful service to the community.

We educate our community about Down syndrome with the hopes of breaking down barriers, eliminating misconceptions and promoting inclusion for people with Down syndrome.


DSACNJ DEI Statement

Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey stands for diversity, equity and inclusion where everyone is welcome, everyone belongs, and everyone is treated equally.  We are a family regardless of who we are, what we look like, where we are from, what we believe or any preferences we may have.