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Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action serves its affiliates through collaboration, resource sharing, and networking. That is why we created the DSAIA Affiliates in Excellence Program, which recognizes our members’ innovation, individuality and creative collaboration. 

See below for some general guidelines - but a full list of categories and criteria can be found here. View last year's winners here.

Submissions will open again in December 2019.

2018 Affiliate of the Year

Congratulations to Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut on their Affiliate of the Year award! From a state of crisis in 2012 to a strategic plan in 2015 to a complete turnaround and banner year in 2018, their organization's leadership came together to work on this success story.

Read more about DSACT's amazing story here.

(Left:  Down Syndrome Association Board of  Directors and Executive Director show off their Affiliate of the Year award.)


Affiliates of all sizes are encouraged to submit entries. To recognize the possible differences between entries submitted by affiliates with large vs. small budgets, each entry will be categorized by budget size of the organization.  You will be competing with organizations with similar budgets.

Budget categories are:

  • SMALL - Under $200,000
  • LARGE - $200,000 and over

Budgets should include the entire budget for the organization for the fiscal year in which the event/program/initiative was instituted.

Award Categories

(Please note these have been revised for the 2016 awards.)
  • Affiliate of the Year
  • Best Use of Social Media
  • Best Marketing/Promotional Campaign
  • Best Partnership/Collaboration
  • Best Website
  • Best Use of Photography
  • Best T-Shirt Design
  • Best Educational Program
  • Best Outreach Program
  • Best Teen/Adult Program
  • Best Recreational Program


  1. Only DSAIA members are eligible to submit entries.
  2. You may submit multiple entries in each award category.
  3. Entries must be submitted digitally using the electronic form.
  4. Entries must have been produced and/or utilized between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 and/or has never been submitted for an Affiliates in Excellence Award. 
  5. An entry form must be completed for each entry submitted.
  6. Please pay close attention to the submission requirements. If submission requirements are not met, your entry may not be judged. 
  7. Please make sure all entries include the correct Name of Organization, Category and Budget Level.
  8. All entries become the property of DSAIA and may be used for the DSAIA Resource Library. 
  9. All entries MUST be uploaded by January 25, 2019.
  10. Entry fees must be paid upon submission in order to be eligible for the program. Member organizations' dues must be up-to-date to be considered for any award.

Five Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I see all the entries that were submitted?  
    All winners will be placed on the DSAIA website. All entries will be submitted to the DSAIA Resource Library under the Member Resources section of the website.
  2. When will winners be announced?  
    Winners will be announced at the DSAIA Conference. Winners will be presented with ready-to-hang plaque or standing award.
  3. Do I have to be present to win?  
    Although we encourage you to attend the conference, you do not have to be present to win an Affiliates in Excellence Award.
  4. How can I view the winning entries?  
    A listing of all winning entries will be placed on the DSAIA website.
  5. Will press releases, on winning entries, be distributed?  
    We encourage you to send out press releases to your media contacts. We will work to provide a press release that you can edit.

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