October is nationally recognized as Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Upcoming Events

Please join UP WITH DOWNS to make these events an even BIGGER success!



Please join Up with Downs for our annual World Down Syndrome Day Celebration on March at the Bossier Civic Center.

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Please join Up with Downs for our annual Buddy Walk on every month of October. We hope to see you at this year's Buddy Walk!

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness. During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments.

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Our Mission

The Down Syndrome Support Group of Shreveport / Bossier City ( UP WITH DOWNS ) enhances the quality of life for people with Down Syndrome by
providing resources and support to those individuals, families, professionals and the community. We host these events with 3 main goals:


Promote Acceptance

To promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.


Raise Funds

To raise funds for education, research and advocacy programs.


Create a Positive Impact

To positively influence local and national practice.

Down Syndrome Facts

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. 

Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.

There are three types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21 (accounts for 95% of cases), translocation and mosaicism.

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. 

People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions.

All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate.

Positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

People with Down syndrome attend school, work, have meaningful relationships, vote, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.

Source: Down Syndrome Society - http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/Down-Syndrome-Facts/

Ways to Help

Up with Downs would like to ask your company or organization to help.

Raise Awareness
Promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down Syndrome.

Join our Cause
Be a part of our fundraising efforts. We host an annual Buddy Walk®, Golf Tournament and other events.

Dress Down Day
Hold a "Dress Down Day" event at work or school. Participants may donate $1 or $2 to dress however they want on that day.

Donate Goods
Donate products or goods to use as door prizes for events.

Donate online or mail us a tax free check made up to UP WITH DOWNS.

Assist us on events and in services we provide to the Down Syndrome Community.

Collect Dimes for Downs
Have a "Dimes for Downs" collection jar on your store or shop.

Donate Books and Materials
Donate books, publications and training materials that focuses on helping individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.