Mission & Impact

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.


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.

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.

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 ourselves a family. 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.


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

Our Impact

Down Syndrome of Louisville provides comprehensive, specialized developmental and educational services forlocal service area individuals with Down Syndrome across their entire lifespan. While we primarily serve the over 1,200 individuals with Down Syndrome in 20 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! Learn more about the Kindness Warrior Podcast.


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

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Impact News & Stories

May Super Supporter – Susan Hovekamp

May 27, 2022

A Few Career Solutions Highlights from 2022

Pop-Up Programming Success

May 13, 2022

Down Syndrome of Louisville Announces its 30th Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament

May 4, 2022

DSL’s Own David DeSanctis in Hallmark Movie Out June 12

April 15, 2022

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