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Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc. (DSL) is a non-profit organization founded in 1977 by Mary Carter, an early childhood educator who established the first Early Intervention Education program for children with Down syndrome in Kentucky. Our grassroots organization grew with parent support to incorporate in 1991 to offer services for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages in Southern Indiana and Kentucky. The Down Syndrome of Louisville Lifelong Learning Centers in Louisville, KY & Clarksville, IN are the first in the nation to offer comprehensive developmental services.

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Family Member News

  • Thank you to the Community Foundation of Louisville

    DSL has received a $20,000 Fund for Louisville Capacity Building grant from The Community Foundation of Louisville. This exciting opportunity will allow DSL to implement new data management software which will help us serve our members more efficiently and effectively. DSL’s Lifelong Learning Centers have become centers of excellence in which we employ all our resources as a national model for education, support, and advocacy for the success of children and adults with Down syndrome. The Community Foundation of Louisville’s support will allow DSL to increase capacity and make further progress toward fulfilling our vision for all individuals with Down syndrome to receive the services and resources necessary to reach their full potential.

  • WDRB ABLE Act Story Features DSL

    Watch this feature to learn more about the ABLE Act. DSL member Katie Croom is interviewed, as well as executive director Diana Merzweiler and current Board President Jim McDonnell.

  • The ABLE Act Approved in the House Of Representatives

    On December 3rd, 2014 the US House of Representatives approved the ABLE act for individuals with disabilities. The ABLE act will create tremendous opportunities for millions of Americans. Click the link above to hear Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' congressional speech. Watch for updates on the ABLE act to be voted upon in the US Senate. Link to the bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/647

  • Holiday Schedule

    Happy Holidays!
    Please make note:
    ♦ Teen/Adult Programming (‘Steps’ and Tutoring) is on break from December 22nd-January 5th
    ♦ Early-Ed/Preschool & Infant Programming is on break from December 22nd-January 5th
    ♦ ADA will be on break: Dec. 24rd, 25th, 26th & Dec. 31th, Jan. 1st and Jan. 2nd.

    December 24th, 25th, 26th.
    December 31st, January 1st, and 2nd.

  • Inclement Weather Policy

    Down Syndrome of Louisville KENTUCKY follows the JCPS closings. (Not delays)
    The DSL INDIANA campus follows Greater Clark County closings. (Not delays)

Community Events

  • 2014 Cabo Wabo Coat Party Will Benefit DSL

    The CABO WABO Coat Party will be January 10th, at the Mellwood Art Center.
    Cabo Wabo 22nd Coat Party is sure to impress and raise the bar on every Cabo Wabo event to date. Not to be missed!
    Benefitting: Down Syndrome of Louisville
    Admission: $15 (new and gently used coats will be collected at the door for St. Vincent’s)
    Musical guests: The Crashers!
    Beer ~ Wine ~ Liquor
    Cabo Wabo picture frames and Step-n-Repeat for your photo ops!
    Special thanks to Wild Turkey & SKYY Voda

  • December Fund-Days at BoomBozz In Clarksville

    Visit BoomBozz Pizza in Clarksville, Indiana on any Monday in December and 20% will be donated to Down Syndrome of Louisville. Click the link above to print the attached document to present to your server. Come enjoy dinner while raising money!

  • Photo Fundraiser • Book Today!

    Photo Fundraiser • Book Today!

    Craig Paul Studios, the official photographer for DSL, will donate 50% of his session fee to DSL when you book your appointment with him during the month of December. Call or text 502/608-4777 to schedule an appointment today! Share with your friends and family.