Helping our families recover from Harvey

Students at Down Syndrome Academy are #houstonstrong. Jocelyn is in Stafford, serving evacuees from Harvey. But many of our student’s families have been affected and are unable to get to their homes. If you’d like to join us in supporting Houston’s Down syndrome community, please consider a donation to our FoDS Harvey Family Relief Fund. You may also send e-cards to Lowes, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, Costco, are all appreciated. You may visit our Facebook page to see other ways to help.

Fiesta Luncheon Fundraiser Tickets on Sale


Students are refining their food service skills in preparation for the Fiesta Luncheon fundraiser! Join us on Saturday, September 16th for a delicious meal and a great time with Down Syndrome Academy. The luncheon is open to the public and costs $10 per person, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 306 East 15th Street in Houston. To buy tickets, contact Rosa Rocha at 281-989-0345 (or or mail a check for $10 per ticket to Friends of Down Syndrome, 5200 Mitchelldale, D4, Houston, TX 77092.

Chevron Houston Marathon: Run for Houston’s Down syndrome community on January 14th, 2018

We’d love for you to run for Houston-area teens and adults with Down syndrome. Why? Texas is 50th out of all 50 states in spending on individuals with developmental disabilities. And, in Texas, the wait time to receive benefits is about 14 years (compared with 47 months, nationally).

Why support us? It may be hard to believe, but Friends of Down Syndrome is one of a handful of institutions in the United States that offers a well-rounded curriculum for adults with Down syndrome. When you join our team, you will have a positive impact on our groundbreaking program, focused on the whole student: academics, wellness, fitness, social skills, speech and vocational training. 

To boot, Friends of Down Syndrome deliberately keeps tuition affordable for a broad range of Houstonians. To pay for such a rigorous program, fundraising and advocating for the Down syndrome community have become a big part of our organizational culture. So, we hope you’ll join us as we take to the streets in support of Houston’s teens and adults with Down syndrome. 

To join Team Friends of Down Syndrome, contact Melissa Marteeny at or Rosa Rocha at  or call 281-989-0345. Registration details are here.