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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


    Important Update on Michelle P Waiver waiting list

    The Kentucky State Cabinet for Health and Family Services is currently reviewing all names on the waiting list for the Michelle P. waiver for further review for eligibility. This process will take many months to complete.
    It is imperative that the state has your current address and phone numbers so they can contact you to conduct the review.
    If the state cannot reach you within 14 days of their attempt to schedule a review your family member will be removed from the waiting list.
    Please email the state at Sabrina.nichols@ky.gov to update your records.
    To verify your family member is on the Michelle P waiver waiting list call 502-564-1647 option#4 then option#1

    The Executive Director is charged with providing vision and dynamic leadership to carry out the mission of DSL. Responsibilities include overall strategic planning, revenue generation, financial management, program operations, volunteer management, member relations, public relations, and advocacy. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board President and supports the Board of Directors.

    Click the link above to view the job description and to submit your resume.

  • 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.
    Our Indiana Campus follows the
    New Albany/ Floyd County School Closings
    During inclement weather for
    weekend events, please call ahead to check for cancellations 502-495-5088
    or check DSL Facebook Page


    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

Community Events

  • Join us for the 2018 Down Syndrome of Louisville "Steps to Independence" Walk/Fun Run September 29th at the Big Four Lawn. Form your team or make a donation today!

  • Form your Walk Team by August 6th and get a Spirit Sign free! Click above to get started.