GCDSS Calendar

The 2019 Calendar is now underway! CLICK HERE TO ORDER Calendars will be available for T-Shirt Distribution on October 13 and Buddy Walk on October 20. Suggested donation of $5 per calendar.

GCDSS Brochure

The  GCDSS Brochure is now available for download. Our brochure details Our Mission, Our Values as well as information about Down Syndrome and the cause to which we are all dedicated.

Buddy Walk 2018

Buddy Walk 2018

This years Buddy Walk will be at the Gulfport Sports Complex on October 20th. Please SAVE-THE-DATE and join us in support of our families, friends and members.

Important Dates

Saturday, 8/25
Initial Buddy Walk Kick Off / Team Captain Meeting
Location: Gulfport Sportsplex
Address: 17200 16th Street, Gulfport, MS - Same location as T-Shirt Distribution Each Year
Time: 3:30 p.m. TO BE CONFIRMED

Wednesday, 8/29
Second Buddy Walk Kick Off / Team Captain Meeting
Location: Sportsplex
Address: 17200 16th Street, Gulfport, MS Time: 6:00 p.m. TO BE CONFIRMED

Friday, 9/28
Sponsorships Due

Sunday, 10/7
Team and Individual Registration ends

Saturday, 10/13
T-shirt Distribution Party

For more information, please visit the Buddy Walk Page!


Support Group Updates

Support Group meetings to be announced. 575 Division St, Biloxi, MS 39530.




Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship Application is up and ready for potential applicants

For more information, visit Ruby's Rainbow website

GCDSS Scholarship Fund

GCDSS is honored to announce the creation of three new scholarship programs that will financially support the educational needs of our Gulf Coast Families. Detailed information on each program is available via the links below.




The purpose of the Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society’s Community Enrichment Scholarship Program is to offer financial assistance to individuals with Down syndrome who want to get involved in a community class or activity - educational, cultural or sports. GCDSS encourages you to apply for the scholarship, if you are thinking about getting involved in a community activity in 2019. The award will not be distributed until you actually register. We cannot accept applications past the deadline, so if you are considering joining an activity, please apply to be prepared.


Eligibility Criteria - Applicants must:

  • Be an individual with Down syndrome,
  • Live in the Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society’s service area, and
  • Show their intentions to enroll in a community activity.


  • A minimum of $1,000 will be awarded annually, and will be divided equally among all eligible applicants.
  • The awarded funds may be used to pay for the registration, tuition, transportation, hotel accommodations and/or other related fees or supplies.
  • In order for the funds to be disbursed, proper documentation (e.g. receipts, bills) will need to be submitted.


Award and Distribution of Funds:

Recipients will be notified in writing if you are found eligible for the scholarship. We will notify you of the amount of the scholarship at that time. With proper documentation, GCDSS can either send the money directly to the organization sponsoring the activity or can reimburse you for costs that you paid. You must submit bills or receipts that you would like to be paid by GCDSS or reimbursed for. GCDSS will not be responsible for any expenses exceeding the scholarship awarded.


How to Apply: ENROLLMENT BEGINS January 1, 2019

All applications for the 2019 Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society Community Enrichment Scholarship Program begins January 1, 2019 and must be postmarked and mailed to GCDSS, P.O. Box 654, Gautier, MS 39553, or emailed to info@gcdss.org, with “Scholarship Application” in the subject line, by March 15, 2019 to be considered.


If you have any questions about completing the application, please e-mail us at info@gcdss.org .


Download the Application

How to Reach Us

P.O. Box 654
Gautier, MS 39553

e-mail: info@gcdss.org
phone: (228) 447-0270

GCDSS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization recognized by the State of Mississippi and the Internal Revenue Service. Should you require a copy of our award letter or tax identification number, please contact us.