Our mission is to unite and support families, provide advocacy and information concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.
DSO is dedicated to supporting families who have children with Down syndrome of all ages. By creating community awareness, inclusion and acceptance, all individuals with Down syndrome have the ability to reach their fullest potential.
· Family gatherings
· Social events
· New & expectant family visits
· Parenting workshops
· Information & referrals
· Lifelong friendships
We hope to provide a safe and nurturing environment and to foster socialization among peers and with adults. Our events and workshops are intentionally planned to help develop self esteem, self worth, and acceptance. We also offer new or expectant parent visits, hospital visits, a variety of resources, family workshops, professional workshops and up to date information within the community.
So some might wonder, what does Keiki O Ka ‘Aina have to do with DSO or vice a versa. Well for all of us here on the board, Keiki O Ka ‘Aina is home for us…without this place, DSO might not exist.
At one point in time we were all mothers & families, bringing our children to a Parent Participation Inclusion Program called Poli’s Place. A few years back, we had about 6-7 families attending Poli’s Place who had a child born with Down syndrome under the age of 3 years old. We would sit and say over and over how we wished there were more resources out there for our families so we could connect with other families. After about a year of saying that, we decided to just do it!
With the gracious help of Momi Akana, Executive Director of Keiki O Ka ‘Aina and fellow mother, Maureen, Shani, Ann & Connie started Down Syndrome ‘Ohana of Hawai’i. Momi allowed DSO to use Keiki O Ka ‘Aina as an umbrella non-profit organization until we decided our course of action. They have helped and supported us in many ways including past Buddy Walks, providing a beautiful place to hold workshops and events, and much more. We are honored to have the support of Momi and KOKA and feel blessed to have this special relationship.
This is why we call Keiki O Ka ‘Aina home!
We want to Mahalo and recognize the major organizations that have made monetary donations toward our efforts. Without your generous help, services to the DS community here on Oahu would not be possible! Thank you for believing in us!
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and your generous donation will fund our mission.