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Down Syndrome Center

Our Mission: To improve the quality of life for children with Down syndrome and their families by offering coordinated assessments, connections to resources, education and advocacy.


The Down Syndrome Center improves the consistency of care for children with Down syndrome, serves as a resource for other medical professionals, and strengthens the social network for families.

Down syndrome is the most common of all chromosomal abnormalities, occurring in approximately one in every 800 births. Children with Down syndrome usually have delays in physical, intellectual and language development, and they require specialized services to help them reach their full potential. Learn more about Down syndrome.

Our services include:

  • Assessment by a multidisciplinary team
  • Genetic counseling
  • Comprehensive case management
  • Patient advocacy
  • Social services
  • Dietary and nutrition services

We also help connect families to community agencies for educational and therapeutic interventions.

Meeting Community Needs

Our Center, which opened in January 2008, was established through a partnership between Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and DS Action (a local non-profit group) to address the unmet needs of children with Down syndrome. Watch the video below to learn more.

In the News

Those with Down Syndrome Living Longer, Defying Limits, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features Sheila Gahagan, M.D., M.P.H.

Support Our Program

One hundred percent of your tax-deductible gift benefits Rady Children’s. To make a donation, click here and type “Down Syndrome Center” in the Comments section of the form.