Down Syndrome Outreach

Down syndrome Outreach (DsO) is a volunteer committee and a program of The Arc of Whatcom County. The mission of Down syndrome Outreach is to advocate for the rights, promote the potential and abilities, and create a supportive and inclusive community for people with Down syndrome.

What’s Happening in the Down syndrome Community? We have lots of exciting things happening through Down syndrome Outreach! Join us for any or all of them!

Down syndrome Outreach Design Contest!

All community members are welcome to submit their ideas for a new Down syndrome Outreach logo! Make sure to download both documents.

Down syndrome Outreach Design Contest Information & Release

Down syndrome Outreach Design Rules and Guidelines


SAVE THE DATE! Join us Saturday, September 28th, 2024 at the NORTHWEST WASHINGTON FAIRGROUNDS from Noon – 3pm for a celebration of our loved ones with Down syndrome! We will have lunch, an awareness walk, and loads of fun! activities for all ages.

Have questions about DsO? Email or call (360) 715-0170, ext. 304.

Providers can make referrals to our programs using The Arc Referral Form

Additional local, state and national resources:
Health Care Information for Families of Children with Down Syndrome; American Academy of Pediatrics:

A person with Down syndrome needs regular doctor visits and a few special tests. The medical issues for someone with Down syndrome change with age. For this reason, this document is divided into several age groups. Each age group includes a list of issues that may be important at that age.

Your doctor can check the full AAP guideline for more details (the web address is given below).

The information within each age group is sorted by the parts of the body that are affected (heart, ears, etc). Many tests only need to be done once. Some areas might need to be looked at again, or even many times, as the child grows to an adult. This document focuses on medical topics that affect physical health. Other issues can affect social and school success, which may not need doctors or other medical resources but are still important issues for those with Down syndrome. Respect for and attention to their abilities are often important missing pieces and may be enough to make a big difference in performance and behavior.

This information is based on the “Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome” clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, available here:

Aging and Down Syndrome: A Health & Well-Being Guidebook

NDSS created this resource for families, professionals, direct caregivers or anyone concerned with the general welfare of an adult with Down syndrome.

This guidebook includes a general overview of aging with Down syndrome, common medical conditions, emotional and psychiatric well-being, planning for old age, and discusses the connection between Alzheimer’s Disease and Down syndrome.

Aging and Down Syndrome