Our Story

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 Down syndrome. It has grown from a few families to over 1,200 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 individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We offer hope, encouragement, and acceptance through advocacy, education, and awareness so that everyone may realize their potential as members of our community.


Amy Van Bergen

Executive Director

Edward DeAguilera

Director of Development

Susan Forster


Katie DeHart

Program Coordinator

Board of Directors

Ryan Hayes, President/Yonfa & Hayes

Stacy Taylor, Vice President/Advance Learning Academy

Pablo Abreu, Treasurer/Moore Stephens Lovelace

Joe Gavigan, Secretary/Walt Disney World Resorts

Rev. Chris Chandler, Christ Presbyterian Church

Mary Beth Eliason, Community Volunteer

Kieran Hill, City of Orlando

Kristi Koester, Walt Disney World Resorts

Martha Santoni, Nemours Children’s Hospital

James Walson, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed PA


Affilations & Sponsors

- National Down Syndrome Congress 

- National Down Syndrome Society 

- Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action

- Global Down Syndrome Foundation


Our general monthly meetings are held every fourth Friday from 7 to 9 PM at

Calvary Assembly of God Church, Education Building

1199 Clay St., Winter Park.

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!

Event Calendar

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Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida

204 N. Wymore Rd.

Winter Park, FL 32789

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Phone: 407-478-5621

Fax: 407-478-5698

DADS Voicemail: 407-504-1747

Email: info@dsacf.org