Adult Education

Thank You Gheens Foundation!

ThankYou so much to the Gheens Foundation for their generous grant to help build a lounge for our aging members! We are so grateful! Excited to be able to better serve our members at ALL stages of life! #ThankfulThursday #DSLKindnessWarrior

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DS Awareness Month Spotlight – Meet Ellen!

Hey! I’m Ellen! Ellen was born in 1991, so she and DSL are the same age! Ellen loves going to ADA, BDC, tutoring class, and all the parties at DSL like the Luau Party and the Halloween Party. She has made lifelong friends at DSL. She loves all the staff too! #DownSyndromeAwareness #DSLKindnessWarrior #TheLuckyFew #DownSyndromeLove

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National Disability Employment Spotlight – Meet Kristin

This is a special #TeamTuesday post celebrating #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth and one of our most special employees! Kristin has been at DSL for almost 17 years, helping to keep us organized and on the ball! She loves to help other staff members and especially loves working on fundraising tasks. Kristin is loyal, sassy, spunky, and hardworking! We […]

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DS Awareness Month Spotlight – Meet Aiste!

Aiste is 18 years old and is new to Louisville but has been a part of DSL for a while now via the internet. She loves Wonder Woman, Shania Twain, cheerleading, and helping her Papa cook. She is originally from Lithuania and is the first older child ever adopted internationally from that country. What a […]

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DS Awareness Month Spotlight – Meet Chris!

Meet Christopher (Chris) Payne! I’m 38 and new to Louisville and DSL after living in Michigan my whole life. Both my older brother and younger sister live here – so we got the family back together in Louisville. I’ve been active in the Special Olympics for many years as a Powerlifter, Bowler, and Bocce player. […]

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National Disability Employment Awareness Spotlight – Derrick and Aaron

Another #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth proud moment! Career Solutions Specialist, Kristen Falcone, caught this on camera earlier last week: Derrick being a proud papa and taking photos of his independent trainee Aaron! DSL member Aaron is applying for an opening at Big Lots where member Derrick has been an employee for over 15 years. Aaron shadowed Derrick at […]

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Penni Williams Celebrates 10 years with Best Buy – NDEAM Spotlight

Did you know October is not just #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth but also #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth! We want to celebrate Penni Williams for 10 years of service at BestBuy – Way to go Penni! “Penni works with Tiffany Smith and James Baxter in the Parts Department, and she just celebrated her ten-year anniversary with us. Penni came to me and expressed that […]

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DS Awareness Month Spotlight – Meet Amber!

Meet Amber! Amber works hard to promote Down Syndrome and her independence, and she enjoys life to the fullest. She has worked hard to become an independent adult and is spunk, sass, and joy personified! If you would like to share a spotlight for someone you love with Down Syndrome contact ivyf@dsoflou.org #DownSyndromeAwareness #DSLKindnessWarrior #TheLuckyFew #DownSyndromeLove

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DS Awareness Month Spotlight – Meet Treasure!

Hi, I’m Treasure! I turned 23 on July 30th. I am quite passionate about my own Birthdays, all animals, my family, margaritas & Reeses cups! I am a proud Auntie to two nieces and one nephew. I am great at spreading kindness everywhere. I wear my ‘the lucky few’ tattoo proudly. I feel blessed to […]

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DS Awareness Month Spotlight – Meet Brittany!

Hi, my name is Brittany and I am 27 years old. I love bowling, swimming, and track and field with the Special Olympics. I enjoy hanging out with my family and watching movies. My favorite days of the week are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays when I join DSL virtually for Boogie Down Crew with Ms. […]

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DS Awareness Month Spotlight – Meet Marty!

Happy Sunday! Meet Marty! He just turned 23. He is the 4th of 7 siblings. Love’s coloring, listening to music on his tablet and watching movies. He is a big sweetheart and an excellent helper! If you would like to share a spotlight for someone you love with Down Syndrome contact ivyf@dsoflou.org #DownSyndromeAwareness #DSLKindnessWarrior #TheLuckyFew #DownSyndromeLove

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DS Awareness Month Spotlight – Meet Grace!

One week into Down Syndrome Awareness Month! What are you doing throughout this month to celebrate? Meet Grace! She is 22 years old and loves to travel. She attends DSL ADA and loves it. She loves life and has brought us so much joy! If you would like to share a spotlight for someone you […]

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August Tutoring Spotlight – Meet Addie

We LOVE our amazing tutors and want you to meet this month’s tutoring spotlight, Addie Williams! Addie has been tutoring Scotty for 6 years and says, “I actually didn’t set out to be a tutor. I made a last-minute decision to volunteer for the Night to Shine prom, and that’s how Scotty and I met. […]

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Super Supporter – Miss Charnette

Charnette Batey is joy and sunshine and has shared her creativity, energy, and love of movement with our members during her guest teaching segments on Boogie Down Crew. Throughout the pandemic, Miss Charnette brightened the lives of our members with her yoga and dance classes, always ensuring her classes were all ability-friendly, high energy, and […]

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Corey Competes in Triathlon

Congrats to Corey Morgan, who recently completed his first Triathlon race after 5 months of training! Corey was inspired by Chris Nikic, the first individual with Down syndrome to complete an ironman triathlon, and has worked so hard to get to this place. Corey completed the Ironcology Team Triathlon race in Versailles, Kentucky. This race, […]

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ADA Takes on Taekwondo

In July, ADA has had the privilege of hosting a weekly virtual taekwondo (TKD) class with our new friend and instructor Vanesa, who is teaching us all the way from Bilbao, Spain!! Vanesa, who is a black belt in TKD, is completing her Ph.D. in the Physical Activity and Sports program at the University of […]

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College Here She Comes!

We want to give a BIG shoutout to Ellie Fizer who will soon be heading off to Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC (Myrtle Beach area) to study the Arts, Independent Living, and Job Skills! Camilla, Ellie’s mom, shares, “Coastal Carolina University offers a wonderful program for individuals with special needs called the LIFE program. […]

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WDSD Spotlight – Bailey Fontes

Hi! My name is Bailey. I am 18 years old. I will be graduating from Eastern High School this year and moving on to the UofL PACT program. I am so excited to be a UofL Cardinal! L’s Up! I love playing basketball and have missed it this past year due to Covid restrictions. I […]

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WDSD Spotlight – TJ Carroll

Hello! I’m Tj Carroll. I’m 20 yrs old and a senior at Corydon High School. I have Down syndrome and autism. I love my iPad, Sesame Street, Barney, Bear in Big Blue House, The Wiggles, music, dancing, parades, fireworks, holidays especially Halloween, watching live bands, but I also live in my own bubble. I’m non-verbal […]

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WDSD Spotlight – Amber Taylor

I’m Amber and I’m 36 years old! I’m independent and have my own apartment. I love dancing, music, sports and cooking. I work for @Ocean Soul and love my job. I like participating in DSL activities such as Boogie Down Crew and Living & Learning. I love being a part of DSL fundraisers like modeling at Down […]

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March Tutoring Spotlight – John Hammon

How many years have you been tutoring with Byron?  I have been tutoring with Byron for two and a half years. Why were you interested in becoming a tutor? I started thinking in 2018 about ways that I could make a positive impact in the world on a local level. I found myself feeling frustrated with […]

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WDSD Spotlight – Mark Hublar

Hi, I’m Mark and my talent and gift was revealed to me at a young age – I love life, I like to work, and I like to talk. So, it wasn’t a surprise to my parents and family when I announced that my dream job was to be a motivational speaker. Not just any […]

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WDSD Spotlight – Rebekah Toles

Rebekah Toles is a senior at North Harrison High School. She loves singing, dancing, bowling, baseball, and art. She’s a kind, compassionate you woman who adores her family and friends. She is modeling in Down with Derby this year, and truly enjoys participating in the Living and Learning Class! #WDSDCountdown #WDSD2021 #321 #DSLKindnessWarrior Join us […]

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WDSD Spotlight – Jill Wright

Hi! I am Jill. I am 20 years old. I love acting, sports and my friends. I am planning on going to Las Vegas for my 21st birthday. What happens in Vegas…! I work at Mercy Academy and love it! DSL has been a huge part of my life since I was 19 days old. […]

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WDSD Spotlight – Emily Bush

Hi my name is Emily Bush! I’m almost 20 years old. I’m in Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and a dancer. I love singing the National Anthem. The most important thing is that I’m a “Kindness Warrior “ Thanks DSL for supporting me! Oh, and I love Miss Carly! #WDSD2021 #WDSDCountdown #321 #DSLKindnessWarrior Join us in Supporting […]

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WDSD Spotlight – McKenna Hayden

Hi! My name is McKenna Hayden. I am 18 and a senior in high school. I have been a cheerleader, FCA and Best Buddies member, on homecoming court and in many other activities! I love Boogie Down Crew because it is time I spend with my friends, doing two of my favorite things: singing and […]

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WDSD Spotlight – Grace Loeffler

Hi! My name is Grace and I am 21 years old. I love dancing, listening to music and can’t wait to hang out with my friends again – DSL is a big part of my life! #WorldDownSyndromeDay #WDSDCountdown #321 #DSLKindnessWarrior Join us in Supporting our Members Would you like to spotlight your member for World […]

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WDSD Spotlight – Megan Goodman

Hi, my name is Megan. I am 26 years old. I love dancing and listening to music, and I am so ready to hang out with my friends again! I really enjoy DSL zoom online everyday – DSL is a big part of my life!  Megan and all of our Virtual ADA attendees are especially […]

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DSL Awarded Grant for Virtual ADA by LG&E and KU Foundation

Down Syndrome of Louisville is honored to be a recipient of a grant from the LG&E and KU Foundation. The partnership with LG&E and KU Foundation  will allow Down Syndrome of Louisville to continue providing Virtual Adult Education through our Adult Development Academy.  Our Virtual Adult Development Academy (ADA) Program offers a full educational curriculum, […]

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