Members of DSMIG-USA are professionals from a variety of disciplines who provide care to individuals with Down syndrome and/or their families. This may include physicians, scientists, psychologists, nurses, genetic counselors, educators, therapists, clinic coordinators and related health professionals. Members may also include individuals who engage in research or health policy relevant to Down syndrome. Most members work in specialized Down syndrome clinics, at academic institutions, university- and community-based medical centers, or private practice. Students, residents, fellows and other trainees are welcome to join. 

Participation in DSMIG-USA fosters professional growth through the dissemination of information about evidence-based practice, and shared common experiences that inform the best practices in the care of individuals with Down syndrome. 

General Member Category

Professionals from a variety of disciplines such as physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, scientists, physician assistants, psychologists, genetic counselors, clinic coordinators, clinical educators, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, dieticians and social workers. Members in this category have the option of participation on the clinical listserv. 

Annual Dues

$100 - Level 1 (doctoral level; includes physicians, dentists, and all others with doctoral degrees)
$75 - Level 2 (non-doctoral level; includes all other professionals)
$25 - Level 3 (clinic support staff, students, trainees, and retired professionals)

Affiliate Member Category

Affiliate members are individuals who have a role in an organization directed toward people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They may work as policy makers, educators, or health advocates. Typical organizations include nonprofit healthcare or advocacy organizations and university training programs. Affiliate members do not provide clinical care and generally do not work in Down syndrome clinics or conduct research. Members in this category are not eligible for the clinical listserv. 

Annual Dues



Waiver or Reduction of Dues: Situations of Financial Hardship

Any current member who receives an invoice for dues renewal or any new member applicant may request a waiver or reduction of dues for a one-year period if there is a situation of financial hardship. To make this request, contact Emilie Perkins at [email protected].  Please indicate in your email request what amount you are able to pay. 

At the end of a one-year period of waiver or reduction of dues, the member may apply again for another on-year period of waiver or reduction. DSMIG-USA will seek grants to fund this initiative.