Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome, and their families, by providing support, information, education, and advocacy for their rights and concerns; thus enabling each individual to reach his or her full potential. 

Our Statement of Philosophy

Down Syndrome of Louisville adheres to a number of inherent values, principles, and beliefs as follows:

  • We believe in providing high quality educational services and support that strive to maximize 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 be provided opportunities to express personal choices and values in which they believe. 
  • We believe in the support and eduaction of all families, guardians, and professionals to empower and maximize the achievements of all persons with Down syndrome. 
  • We believe in the value to socialize and connect in an inclusive environment.
  • We believe in providing services to all regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, or age or degree of disability. 

The DSL History

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.

2011 proved to be a historic year for our organization with the opening of the Down Syndrome Lifelong Learning Center on Hurstbourne Parkway in September. We continue to welcome new members to the facility where they receive developmental services in a center that meets their individual needs. 

Later that year 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. The Southern Indiana Down Syndrome Lifelong Learning Center is in Trinity Untited Methodist Church in New Albany, Indiana. 


2011 Louisville Ribbon Cutting

Mission & History

2013 Southern Indiana Ribbon Cutting

Our home at Trinity United Methodist Church in New Albany