The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is an accredited and award-winning not-for-profit association founded in 1991 by parents of children with Downsyndrome. It has grown from a few families to over 1,500 individuals with DS and their families. We serve families in an area of over 10 counties with help from more than 17,000 friends, professionals, volunteers and other supporters. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors. More than 50% of our board members have family members with Down syndrome.
DSACF is the leading voice for all individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We offer hope, encouragement and acceptance through advocacy, education and awareness as we guide individuals with Down syndrome through life’s transitions. Together, we create a Central Florida community composed of and dedicated to individuals with Down syndrome – and those who love them – so that each may realize their potential.
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is well known to our donors and constituents as a trustworthy nonprofit doing important work. If you need it, our federaltax identification number is 59-3124673. In addition to being the first accredited Down Syndrome Support Group in the nation through Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, we are proud to be recognized by the Community Foundation of Central Florida as one of the most transparent organizations in the region. We have received Reviewed Status in the Foundation's knowledge base.
Amy Van Bergen Executive Director
Susan Forster Administration
Katie DeHart Program Coordinator
Board of Directors
Mary Beth Eliason, President/Community Volunteer
Adam Pickett, Vice President/My One Resource
Pablo Abreu, Treasurer/Moore Stephens Lovelace
Bradford Gornto, Secretary/Gornto Law PLLC
Joe Gavigan, Walt Disney World Resorts
Rev. Chris Chandler, Christ Presbyterian Church
Kieran Hill, Tyler Techologies
Kristi Koester, Walt Disney World Resorts
James Walson, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed PA
Medical Advisory Board
Sam Smith, DO, Chair, pediatrician, Interlachen Pediatrics
Julie Denham, MD, gastroenterologist, Nemours Children's Hospital
Sheryl Logan, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, Women's Care Florida
Lynda Pollack, MD, geneticist/pediatrician, Orlando Health
Jennifer Tucker, DPT, University of Central Florida
Julie Wei, MD, otolaryngologist, Nemours Children's Hospital
Affilations & Sponsors
Dates, locations, and agendas are subject to change, so please see our calendar or call 407-478-5621 for the most up-to-date information.
We also offer monthly DADS (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome) meetings, Sibshops, playgroups, and more!
Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida
204 N. Wymore Rd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
DADS Voicemail: 407-504-1747