Enhancing the lives of persons with Down syndrome and creating a public awareness of their enlightening ability . . .
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit family support and resource organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of persons with Down syndrome and to create a public awareness of their enlightening ability.
We are primarily a group of parents of children with Down syndrome and self advocates on the Treasure Coast of Florida. We share information on education, health, advocacy, parenting issues, and anything else dealing with Down Syndrome. We meet regularly in Stuart, FL and welcome all from this area to join our special family.
- Sandy Coleman, President
- Edward C. Barnard, Vice President
- Paulette Beurrier, Secretary
- Laurie Frost, Treasurer
What we do
Our goal is to provide information, support, and resources to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We strive to enrich our community by promoting opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome to take a complete and active part.
Each month we host a meeting in Stuart, FL (click here for more information) where we discuss upcoming events, share stories and challenges, and pool information. We often have guest speakers address our organization; such as doctors, therapists, dentists, and educators who provide us with valuable, insightful information.
We attempt to reach all families in our four county areas by providing:
- Monthly informative meetings.
- New parent information.
- Fun family events and play groups.
- Up-to-date information about Down syndrome through our website, email blasts, support groups, and conferences.
- A resource library.
- Sibling programs.
- Next Chapter Book Club.
- Public awareness of Down syndrome.
- A voice for appropriate educational, vocational and social opportunities.
- Advocacy on both the local and national levels.
- Stand Up for Independence (SUFI) – Self advocate program –for all disabilities.
- Fund raising events and activities.
In 2006, Sandy Coleman, the President and Founder of TCDSAG, moved to Hobe Sound and began looking for a local Down syndrome family support group to join up with and make friends. The closest groups she and her family could find were in Boca Raton or Orlando! Seeing there was plenty of need in the community for a local support group, Sandy began talking to other local families.
Our first meeting was at the Sounding’s Club House, with a handful of Moms who got together and found friendship and comfort, calling ourselves the Martin County Down Syndrome Group. As time went on we realized the need to include multiple counties and invite more local families into our group. So we changed our name to Treasure Coast Down Syndrome Awareness Group (TCDSAG) and became incorporated in 2011.
Each year we continue to grow, but with the same purpose of supporting one another and raising awareness throughout the Treasure Coast and the country of the enlightening potential and ability of people with Down syndrome. Our perpetual goal is to foster acceptance and inclusion, and celebrate the dignity and unique talents, of adults and children with Down syndrome.