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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

  • 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)

  • The ABLE Act is (Finally) a Law

    "Before leaving for Christmas vacation, President Obama signed a law that allows people with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts to pay for certain life expenses. Until now, people with disabilities couldn’t do what the rest of us can — set aside money, safe from the IRS, for certain purposes. Before this law, money saved outside a trust account disqualified those with disabilities from Medicaid-based benefits and Social Security.
    The Achieving a Better Life Experience, or “ABLE” Act, dramatically changes that, said Representive Ander Crenshaw, the Florida Republican who fought for it. Its overwhelming passage in the House and Senate shows some causes ultimately defy partisan warfare. The vote was 404-17 in the House; and 76-16 in the Senate, where it was part of a larger tax credit extension bill." Click the link above to read the rest of the article by Joan Vennochi

  • 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.

  • DSL Members and Staff Featured in End the R Word Video

    The cast and crew of 'Where Hope Grows' signed the "R-word" pledge. See our members and staff discuss why we shouldn't use the word anymore.

Community Events

  • 2014 Cabo Wabo Coat Party THANK YOU

    An enormous THANK YOU to all involved with Saturday's Cabo Wabo bash. The 2015 coat party was a fantastic RECORD BREAKING event, with 1700+ in attendance and a whopping $50,000 gross for our organization! We want to thank the Cabo Wabo board, the hard working volunteers who braved the extreme temperatures to make the event a success, the VIP patrons, the Louisville Crashers, and all of the attendees.