South Dakota, Iowa, minnesota

New Directions Down Syndrome Association

Who we are

New Directions is here to help families learn about Down syndrome, provide direction to resources, and offer networking opportunities with other families. For many, connecting with other parents who “know what it is like,” can help.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

New Directions strives to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome throughout their lifespan by providing support, information and education to those individuals, their families, and professionals.

The 2023 Buddy Walk is on Sept. 30th at Pasley Park!

Make Your Team!

Join the New Directions Down Syndrome Association as we unite for a common cause and raise funds at the 2023 New Directions Buddy Walk®. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, take the first step and donate or register today! Help us spread the word; all are welcome for our day of celebration!

Get Involved

We have many opportunities for volunteering.  It can be as simple as being a helpful smile at an event or joining our board of volunteers.  Get in touch with us today to see if you can help us tomorrow.

Upcoming Events

september, 2023


Poll for Informational Evening with Stephanie Busjahn

Are you interested in learning more about state and federal assistance programs available in the area? Do you have a child or a young adult looking to transition into adult life? Would you like to know more about therapies, services, school, and adult services...

Alert Me Band Offer & 2020 Recap

Alert Me Band Offer & 2020 Recap

Dear New Directions Families & Supporters, We’ve missed seeing everyone at the BuddyWalk, Family Picnic, parades, and parties that could not happen this past year. With 2020 behind us, we’re filled with hope that this year will give us a chance to partake in the...