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You are not alone in this journey.

We are here, together! 

About DAPS

How it started

The Dallas Area Parkinson Society (DAPS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1978 by Clarice Dougherty to help her husband and others confront the daily challenges presented by Parkinson's disease (PD). Thousands of lives have been changed for the better because of Clarice's mission and the dedication of many others who have followed her. 

DAPS is dedicated to improving and impacting the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s disease.


Dallas Area Parkinson Society is pleased to be a member of Independent Parkinson’s Network, a consortium formed with the shared goals of finding a cure for Parkinson’s and supporting those who live with the disease. 


IPN provides access to shared resources and perspectives from prominent and innovative Parkinson’s organizations across the country. By expanding communication on a national scale, we are devoted to adopting new ideas and treatments generated through IPN and will continue to provide the latest services and programs to help people affected by Parkinson’s disease. To learn more about IPN and the other participating organizations, visit

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