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Congratulations to Anna on her new job!

Anna started work at Forest Springs Health Campus on February 21st! She has already made an amazing impression on coworkers and management. Anna’s nurturing and caregiving nature will be an asset like no other, and her ability to socialize and make others comfortable is going to offer endless benefits. Want to learn more about DSL’s […]

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Welcome Lisa!

Please welcome the latest member of the DSL team, Lisa Hammersmith! Lisa is the new “first face” at DSL so make sure you stop by the front desk and say hello next time you’re in the building! Lisa has a strong background in customer service from years of working in the medical and retail field. […]

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DSL Setting the Standard!

DSL leadership spent this past week/weekend at the annual Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Leadership Conference in Dallas! The conference is an opportunity to learn and grow by sharing best practices with other Down Syndrome Associations across the country. DSAIA’s Accreditation program helps organizations achieve excellence in nonprofit management and honors best practices. The DSAIA […]

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Welcome Suzanne!

Please welcome the latest member of the Down Syndrome of Louisville team, Suzanne Johnson! Suzanne joins DSL as a new Academy Teacher. Suzanne was born and raised in Louisville.  She is a former elementary school teacher who found DSL at the perfect time in her career.  “I couldn’t be happier to be working in such […]

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Enjoy A Bats Game with your DSL Family

Join Down Syndrome of Louisville for a fun day of Louisville Bats baseball at Slugger Field on April 28th. Your Bats will take on the Nashville Sounds with first pitch happening at 1:05pm. It’s Kids Day at Slugger so all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a FREE meal (Hot Dog, Chips, and drink) Kids can also enjoy our inflatables inside our air-conditioned Hall of Fame Pavilion […]

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Celebrate WDSD at the Big Four Blue & Yellow Bridge!

Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st with your DSL family!   Thanks to the Smothers Family, the Big Four Bridge will be lit blue and yellow on Thursday, March 21st to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Join your DSL family for dinner that night at Pig Beach BBQ from 5-8. Pig Beach BBQ […]

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Welcome Bayley!

A new face at DSL! Bayley Thompson is a counselor-in-training with the clinical mental health counseling graduate program at the University of the Cumberlands. She is doing her clinical experience here at DSL as an intern under the supervision of Jenny Kimes, helping provide mental health support to our teen and adult members and families. […]

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Welcome Selma!

Meet Selma Suljic, our new Academy Teacher at Down Syndrome of Louisville! Originally from Bosnia, Selma landed in the US as a kid and found her passion for special education at Marion C Moore. #GoMustangs When she’s not in the classroom, she’s at home with her dog, Ash. Selma is a die-hard Diet Coke fan; […]

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The Japan Society of Kentucky visits DSL!

Discover the joy of cultural exchange! @dsoflou Thank you to The Japan Society of Kentucky for atopping by the Academy today! ♬ original sound – Down Syndrome of Louisville On January 10, 2024, the Japan Society of Kentucky brought culture and some new dance moves to Down Syndrome of Louisville. Bringing the enchantment of Japanese […]

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Starlight’s Special Blend: Crafting Bourbon and Connections for DSL

In a heartwarming display of generosity and community spirit, the Cochran Family in collaboration with Starlight Distillery, recently made a significant contribution to Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL). Funds were raised through the sale of specially crafted bourbon bottles. With unique endeavor not only raised funds for a noble cause but also brought people together […]

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Local Gymnastics Facility Partners with DSL Academy

  We are so excited to be partnering with Power and Grace Gymnastics in Prospect! Our Adult Academy members are visiting this trampoline and gymnastics facility once a week and having a wonderful time! P&G are generously offering their space and staff to our Academy members each Wednesday morning for free. Thank you so so […]

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DSL Family Adopts Those in Need

A huge thank you to the Robinson crew that provided three bags of groceries for our families in need. With the help of the Robinsons, 20 families were provided groceries for those in need as part of our adopt-a-family program this holiday season! Thank you again to all of those who helped take care of […]

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Academy Classroom Getting in the Holiday Spirit

Our Academy teachers and students are having fun getting ready for Christmas next week! Here is Cathy, DSL Academy Coordinator, with her class enjoying a little holiday art, cookies & hot cocoa! Merry Christmas to all! ❤

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In loving memory of Brian Smith

It is with the deepest sadness we share with you one of our beloved members, Brian Smith has passed. Brian loved Elvis and particularly loved to dance to Jail House Rock. He loved hanging out with friends at DSL. He especially loved ice cream and doing math! We liked to call him “math wiz”. We […]

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DSL’s Katie Croom wins Sunshine Award at Mission BBQ

  On Dec 4th,  Katie was presented with the Sunshine Award during the Mission BBQ Christmas party. The award is reserved for someone who radiates positivity and comes to work excited, happy, and grateful to be there. Katie has been a tremendous asset to her team and is well cared for and respected. Her coworkers […]

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DSL’s 2022 Youth Volunteer of the Year Continues to Shine Bright

  Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) proudly highlights the extraordinary contributions of one of our dedicated youth volunteers, Trisha Paily. Her impact extends far beyond the dance floor as she shares her love for dance by teaching “Bollywood” to DSL members, fostering an inclusive space for self-expression. Trisha’s recent solo recital not only showcased her […]

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Welcome the New DSL Staff Members!

Please welcome our new team members, John Davies and Azariah Frazier! John is the new Engagement and Communications Manager at Down Syndrome of Louisville. With a background in media and 9 years of experience in radio broadcasting, get ready to ‘Boogie Down’ in 2024! When John’s not planning new and exciting events for DSL members, […]

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Sensory-Friendly Santa at Down Syndrome of Louisville

Down Syndrome of Louisville recently organized a Sensory-Friendly Santa Event, offering families a uniquely inclusive holiday experience. Central to the event was the opportunity for families to enjoy personalized time with Santa. The one-on-one interactions allowed children to engage with Santa at their own pace, resulting in genuine smiles and unforgettable moments. The families also […]

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Sharing the Gift of Kindness on Giving Tuesday

On #GivingTuesday, we joined together to support, educate, and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome and raised over $6,200! Thank you to our amazing community for your generous gift of kindness this holiday season – we are so grateful for you! Throughout the day on Giving Tuesday, we were able to share some of our […]

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DSL Virtual Classes Codes

Be sure to check the DSL Calendar to view class schedules and other fun programming! When Academy in-person classes are canceled, please use the link below for all 3, one- hour virtual classes at 9am, 1pm and 3pm. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91005853724?pwd=UHQvV0xhNnIxUE45czFDNHFCMnpNZz09  Meeting ID: 910 0585 3724  Passcode: DSL  _____________________________________________________________ Tuesdays: Virtual Academy Tuesdays at […]

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DSL on Seeing Ability Podcast

  DSL Parents, Tonya Shown and Danny Slaton, joined our Executive Director, Julie Torzewski, on the Seeing Ability Podcast this week to share about our amazing members and all that DSL does for our community. Check it out here!

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DSL on Talk About Town Podcast

  Our very own Sam Roach, Julie Torzewski, and Tim Curtis were just on the Talk About Town podcast sharing about DSL and our amazing members! Check it out: https://fb.watch/o0KPiTy1AJ/

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Ds Awareness Month – Meet Danny, Sammy, & Cammy

Meet our trio: Danny (9), Sammy (7), and Cammy (6)! Danny loves all kinds of music, fancy table settings, every cheese and chocolate known to man, hiking and exploring, building with legos, playing in sand or water, and swinging! He didn’t start to walk on his own until age 6, and now he is making […]

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Ds Awareness Month – Meet Emily

  This is Emily she’s 7 yrs old.. she goes to 2nd grade Emily loves music, swimming she’s a little mermaid, loves to watch Disney channel, Loves spending time with her sister and cousins… Emily still working really hard with her teachers and therapists.. working on communication skills.. working on recognizing the letters of her […]

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Ds Awareness Month – Meet Brystol

  Meet Brystol! This is Brystol Rae she is our little Ray of sunshine who just so happens to love the color yellow! She likes to calm down by watching Hey Bear! She enjoys laying on the ground playing with her toys and making people laugh with all her facial expressions. She’s always happy to […]

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DSL launches App to make getting information easy!

We are so excited to launch our new app for our families, friends & supporters! Why an App? Currently, we rely on many different types of communication including emails, social media posts, etc. which can create a scattered and disjointed experience for our families. A Mobile app allows us to consistently reach all families- despite […]

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Meet our 2023 Annual Award Winners…

Joseph O. Thomas Volunteer Award goes to Pam Taylor – For extraordinary volunteer service to Down Syndrome of Louisville. “Pam has been dedicating her time and talents to DSL for many years She unselfishly gives of her time. Her hours devoted behind the scenes would be impossible to add up!” “Pam is always willing to help […]

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DSL Executive Director Named 2023 “Most Admired Woman”

We are thrilled to announce that Julie Torzewski, Executive Director at Down Syndrome of Louisville, has been honored as Today’s Woman Magazine’s “Most Admired Woman” in the category of “Community and Sisterhood”! Julie’s  dedication and passion for advocating for individuals with Down syndrome and their families have made her an inspiring leader. She has transformed […]

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Celebrating Love and Generosity: Tommy and Jennifer Lankswert’s Wedding Donation to Down Syndrome of Louisville

Love has the power to bring people together and inspire acts of kindness. In a heartwarming gesture, Tommy and Jennifer Lankswert recently celebrated their marriage by making a remarkable decision. Instead of asking for traditional wedding gifts, they chose to support a cause close to their hearts: Down Syndrome of Louisville. This selfless act not […]

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Kindness Warriors Training at Amazon Fosters Inclusivity

Recently, Down Syndrome of Louisville visited Amazon to conduct Kindness Warrior Training for some of their SDF9 leaders. The Kindness Warrior training is a unique and inclusive etiquette program aimed at fostering empathy, respect, and kindness. Kindness Warrior Training: Cultivating Empathy and Inclusion Kindness Warrior Training is an innovative program designed to equip individuals from […]

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