About Us

The Bismarck-Mandan “Designer Genes” name and support group was originally created by a group of local families who had young children with Down syndrome, about 20 years ago. Over the years, this network of families has offered support and information to each other in many ways.

Our mission is to strengthen opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and those who support them to earn, learn and belong. We see a community that embraces, respects, and supports people of all abilities, especially those with Down syndrome.

Circles of Support
Three circles of support shape the work of the organization: Learning, Earning and Belonging. These circles represent the triplicate copy of the 21st chromosome, as well as wholeness, completeness and protection. Designer Genes embraces people as they are, aiming to create supportive and protective communities.

Designer Genes believes learning is a powerful tool and works to empower and educate professionals, parents and the community.


Designer Genes strives to find earning opportunities for members and the organization through education, employment, independence and support.


Designer Genes believes everyone has the right to belong and works to create connections, opportunities and outcomes.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email info@designergenesnd.com.

Learn more about us through the below publications and video!

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