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 2011, a generous 3-year grant from the Ogle Foundation facilitated the merger of Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) and Down Syndrome Support Association of Southern Indiana (DSSASI) in Southern Indiana. Expanded services and programs are now available to individuals in the Southern Indiana region.
We believe in providing high quality educational services and support, maximizing the unique abilities and self-esteem of each person with Down syndrome. We believe in the intrinsic worth of all persons with Down syndrome and commit to advocate for their full rights in education and daily life. We believe that individuals with Down syndrome should have as much control over their lives as possible, and that they should be provided opportunities to express personal choices and values in which they believe. We believe in the value to socialize and connect in an inclusive environment.
We hope that you find this website helpful and informative. Be sure to check out our links to other Down Syndrome-related organizations. And please visit us often.