Mission & History

Our Mission

The mission of the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County is to empower and support individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community through education, information, public awareness and advocacy.

Our Vision

The vision of the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County is to be a comprehensive resource on Down syndrome in the Washington, DC metro area. We envision a community where all people with Down syndrome can achieve their full potential, and where individuals with Down syndrome and their families are welcomed with fairness, enthusiasm and encouragement in the community.

We Value

  • The rights of people with Down syndrome to participate in decisions about their lives including choices about where they live, learn, work and play
  • The role of families in unlocking the development and potential of people with Down syndrome
  • The importance of a well-informed and accepting community
  • The diversity in our community, which will be reflected in our membership and board of directors
  • An engaged membership and competent leadership
  • The contributions of our volunteers
  • Grassroots education regarding policy issues
  • Research that is conducted within accepted human rights guidelines and focused on improving quality of life.
  • The role professionals play in supporting the development and potential of people with Down syndrome
  • Creating opportunities for people with Down syndrome to be contributing members of the community

Our History

The Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) was first founded as Parents of Children with Down Syndrome (PODS) in October 27, 1986. The name was changed to Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County in 2007. The DSNMC has grown over the years to a $70,000 charitable 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that develops workshops with national and local speakers to educate parents and professionals, works closely with local organizations to provide support and resources to families with individuals with Down Syndrome (DS), does fundraisers and promotes advocacy throughout local Universities and hospitals to educate students and health care professionals about DS.