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Sarah Carlson

Sarah Carlson


"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
–Walt Disney

Sarah holds an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies. She is a Year 27 Graduate of Partners in Policymaking and is Chair of the Family Support Council of South Dakota. Previously, she was the Buddy Walk Director for the New Directions Down Syndrome Association.

Sarah joined DRSD as a Board Member in 2019. She likes being a part of DRSD because it allows her to be on the front lines of advocacy. Sarah mentioned that as her son ages, she finds herself struggling to find the supports he needs in life. She says, “There are many programs and people willing to help babies and toddlers, but not the same for teens through adulthood. To be my son's best ally and advocate, I need to be well-informed and on the front lines of advocacy.” 

Sarah is married and has two kids. Her family also has a 6-year-old Husky/Black Lab mix named Cubs, a 13-year-old cat named Willa, and a 2-year-old cat named Connor. In her free time, Sarah loves to read and watch documentaries. Her family enjoys going hiking, camping, and traveling. They are also avid Disney fans and travel to Walt Disney World about every three years.

Something interesting about Sarah is that she is the youngest daughter of the youngest daughter of a youngest daughter!

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