we are a community
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) would like for you to know that you are not alone. As parents, we understand how difficult it is to hear the unexpected news that your baby might have Down syndrome. We offer a safe place to turn to where you can share your feelings and fears with people who have been there. We will reach out to you with compassion and care and will not judge.
There is no right or wrong way to react to a diagnosis. You may experience intense emotions at first: shock, dismay, fear, or anger. These emotions are perfectly normal - as are many more!
Some expectant parents consider adoption as an option. Many are quite encouraged to learn that there is actually a national waiting list of families wishing to adopt a baby with Down syndrome. Other expectant parents are sad at first, but they make plans to welcome the baby into their lives by gathering information and making adjustments during the pregnancy so that the birth will be a joyous occasion.
Wherever you find yourself this moment, please know that we care and we will try to meet your needs for information and support.
Our experienced parent liaisons can answer your questions and provide a realistic picture of raising a child with Down syndrome. We are also available to visit on the phone, in person, or by email.
We provide excellent information packets. The DSACT new parent information packet is available at the right side of this page.
Our Baby Talk program is a social group for families with a prenatal diagnosis or children up to age 2 years old. This group gathers about once per month for a fun, family-friendly activity.
If you are interested in talking to another parent, please call us at (512) 323-0808. You can also access our New Parent Program brochure below!
As a parent, your child's health is always at top of mind. See our Health Care page for more on this topic, but here are two important resources specifically for new parents:
American Academy of Pediatrics: “Health Care Information for Families of Children with Down Syndrome”
Texas Department of State Health Services: Information About Down Syndrome for New and Expectant Parents
Learn more about Down syndrome using this free iTunes app from the University of Kentucky