MISSION & VALUES
WHO WE ARE
The Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island (DSSRI) is a parent support organization dedicated to promoting the rights, dignity and potential of all individuals with Down syndrome through advocacy, education, public awareness, and support.
WHAT WE DO
We offer parents support and information and advocate in the service system and in the community. We also offer newsletters, a lending library, public awareness activities, conferences and support on educational and medical issues. Join us at any of our activities and meet other parent, learn about topics and issues, and get to know us!
INFORMATION & SUPPORT FOR PARENTS
DSSRI provides information and support on medical and educational issues associated with raising a child with Down syndrome. We share this information with parents, family members, professionals and other individuals through informational meetings with speakers and panels, newsletters, a comprehensive library, conferences and special events. About 500 individuals and organizations receive our newsletters.
DSSRI also provides support on an individual, parent-to-parent basis. DSSRI provides a free New Parent Package, which includes books about Down syndrome, pamphlets, newsletters, and DSSRI membership information. The New Parent Committee provides in-person and telephone support, and hosts social activities where new parents can network with other parents.
We are constantly updating and expanding our lending library, since research and medical information related to Down syndrome continually changes. Our library is the most current and comprehensive on this subject in the state.
PUBLIC AWARENESS & ADVOCACY IN THE COMMUNITY
DSSRI also serves as a resource for professionals interested in parental concerns. We provide speakers to schools, colleges, professional organizations and civic/fraternal groups.
DSSRI also advocates in the service system and in the community for all individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities and their families. DSSRI is affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).