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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 & New Albany, IN are the first in the nation to offer comprehensive developmental services.

Family Member News

  • After 17 years of dedicated service to individuals with Down syndrome and their families, Diana Merzweiler will be retiring as the Executive Director of Down Syndrome of Louisville in 2018. Click on the link above to read her letter.

  • Notes from Dr. Brian Skotko
    The Power of Fiber
    New research is unlocking the medical benefits of fiber. How does it work? And, how much should your son or daughter with Down syndrome be eating?
    Scientists are now understanding why fiber is good for us.
    Fiber is known to not only help constipation, but also to reduce the risks of diabetes and obesity, conditions that can occur with Down syndrome.
    The fiber is feeding the billions of natural bacteria in our stomach linings, the same bacteria that are needed to keep the immune system in good shape.
    Which foods contain good dietary fiber?
    Grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds are all good sources of fiber.
    Does your son or daughter have celiac disease? We've got you covered.
    How much fiber should your son or daughter be eating?
    This depends on their age and sex. Click the link above to read more.

  • Inclement Weather Policy:
    Our Kentucky Campus follows the Jefferson County Public School Closings.
    (NOT DELAYS)
    Our Indiana Campus follows the
    New Albany/ Floyd County School Closings
    (NOT DELAYS)
    During inclement weather for
    weekend events, please call ahead to check for cancellations 502-495-5088
    or check DSL Facebook Page

  • THANK YOU KOSAIR CHARITIES!

    We have once again been showered with love from Kosair Charities DSL has received a grant for $100,000 to continue serving world class programming to our members and their families in both Kentucky and Indiana. We ❤️ Kosair! #thankyou #compassioncity #KosairKids

  • While every individual is unique and has their own preferences, there are some general guidelines to follow when interacting comfortably and respectfully with people with disabilities.

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