FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2019
Phil West, Orange Cone Agency
JENNIFER EDWARDS NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL TEXAS
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas, providing an array of programs for individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout Central Texas, is proud to announce it has named Jennifer Edwards its new Executive Director.
Edwards, most recently Chief Executive Officer with Literacy Texas, will lead the non-profit organization serving the Down syndrome community in a ten-county area including Austin and surrounding cities. Edwards will be taking over for Cameron LaHaise, who served as DSACT Executive Director for 5 ½ years, and recently relocated to the Boston metro area to take an executive position with the Harvard Business School.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead this vital non-profit organization,” said Edwards. “DSACT has been instrumental in welcoming parents of children with Down syndrome into an engaged and supportive community, and provides resources, programs, and support that enriches people with Down syndrome and their families at all phases of their lives. Through the annual Buddy Walk and Cocktail Bash events, DSACT also connects this vibrant community to people throughout Central Texas.”
DSACT is currently gearing up for its 2019 edition of its annual Cocktail Bash on Wednesday, April 3, at the 800 Congress event venue in downtown Austin. Last year’s event generated funds to support DSACT’s diverse programming, including its popular summer Bike Camp.
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas, founded in 1991, provides education, support, and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and affiliated professionals and community members throughout Central Texas, while building public awareness and acceptance of the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. DSACT envisions a world in which all people, including those with Down syndrome, are accepted, valued for their uniqueness, respected for their abilities and contributions, and assured the opportunity and choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success.