Mission & Impact


The mission of Down Syndrome of Louisville is to support, educate, and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome; thus enabling them to reach their full potential.

DSL is a resource to local families touched by Down syndrome from prenatal diagnosis to legacy. As the only Gold Accredited Down Syndrome Association in the country, we celebrate life by supporting, educating, and advocating to ensure each member is empowered to reach their full potential.


We envision a world where every individual with Down syndrome reaches their full potential.

Individuals with Down syndrome are becoming increasingly integrated into society and community organizations, such as schools, health care systems, work forces, and social and recreational activities.

Our Values

At DSL our team is committed to the following values:

  1. We Care
  2. We have Fun.
  3. We Stay Open.
  4. We Don’t Settle

Our Reach

While we primarily serve the over 1,200 individuals with Down Syndrome in 24 surrounding counties in KY and Southern Indiana, we are passionate that we are not only Serving Locally but Sharing Globally. We recently started the Kindness Warrior Podcast in an effort to share our members, our knowledge, and our successes with the world!

If you are located in our regional area, you can find your home Down Syndrome Association here.


Our Impact

Donations to Down syndrome of Louisville make an immediate impact in our community that you can see and feel when you meet our members and their families.

Down Syndrome of Louisville provides comprehensive, specialized developmental and educational services for individuals with Down Syndrome across their entire lifespan. We believe lifelong learning is the key to reaching one’s full potential, therefore we are committed to providing our over 50 educational programs and services to maximize the unique abilities of each person with Down syndrome. DSL also advocates for full rights in education and in daily life for all of our members; regardless of race, color, nationality, religion, or age.

We choose to refer to our individuals with Down syndrome as “members” because we consider them members of the DSL family and of our community. We are committed to not only the member with Down Syndrome, but to supporting families, guardians, and professionals by providing them the resources to empower their child.

Our Lifelong Learning Model shows all of the programs and services that we offer throughout the lifespan.


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Meet Our Members

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DSL 101 Podcast

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Annual Report

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BBB Report

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Link to 990s

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Current Strategic Plan

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Impact News & Stories

18 Stories for 18 Stories: River

August 10, 2022

18 Stories for 18 Stories: Ankur Chandan

August 9, 2022

18 Stories for 18 Stories: Emily Bush

18 Stories for 18 Stories: Phil Mason

Kindness Warrior Walk 2022

July 25, 2022

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