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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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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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Sacred Heart Academy & Trinity High School Supporting DSL!

Sacred Heart Academy and Trinity High School held their 13th Annual Rock the Heart charity lacrosse game in the fall. This year, both teams chose to raise money for Down Syndrome of Louisville due to personal connections they have with our organization. Morgan Keesaer, who plays for Sacred Heart, has a younger sister who has […]

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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 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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Night to Shine at Beechland Baptist Church

Read more about Night to Shine Here The Tim Tebow Foundation presents “Night to Shine 2024” Feb. 9th from 6 pm to 9 pm at Beechland Baptist Church 4613 Greenwood Road Louisville Kentucky 40258 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM Or Download Guest Registration PDF Guest registration is first come first serve. As of 1/12, […]

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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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Boogie Down Ballet at The Nutcracker

Click HERE to see their performance on our Facebook page.

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DSL Indiana Volunteer Shops for Members

Thank you so much to all of the friends of DSL that make for a happy holiday season for our members! Indiana volunteer Kirk did some holiday shopping for some of the Down Syndrome of Louisville Indiana members. Kirk owns Kleaners, LLC and each month a portion of their profits are donated to DSL- 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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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 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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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 Brianna Heitzman: A Champion of Inclusion and Advocate for All

In a world that constantly strives for progress and equality, it is important to recognize individuals who dedicate themselves to advocating for the rights and inclusion of marginalized communities. Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) is proud to have an extraordinary employee, Brianna Heitzman, who has recently been honored with the prestigious Jim Chesser Award for […]

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World Down Syndrome Day 2023- Choose Your Own Adventure

Down Syndrome of Louisville Encourages Community to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day  The nonprofit is teaming up with local businesses for a weekend-long celebration. To see the complete calendar of events for DSL’s World Down Syndrome Day celebration, see below. Louisville, Ky. (March 15, 2023) ­– Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) is celebrating World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) […]

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#GiveforGoodLou 2022 was GROOVY!

We had a GROOVY #GiveforGoodLou this week and raised $20,320 in less than 24 hours. THANK YOU TO OUR 94 DONORS and OUR GENEROUS $10,000 MATCH! And thank you to the Community Foundation of Louisville for hosting such a wonderful day of giving! We are so grateful to our Kindness Warrior Community!  

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DSL Day at Churchill Downs!

Spend a day at the track celebrating Down Syndrome of Louisville! SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th! Gates open at 11:30 and the first race is at 12:45. Our races are 4,5,6, & 7! You can purchase general admission tickets HERE!

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DSL Member, Jill Wright, cast in Sister Act the Musical

Congrats to DSL Member, Jill Wright, on being cast in Redline Performing Arts Company’s upcoming production of Sister Act the Musical! “Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty […]

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A Few Career Solutions Highlights from 2022

We are so proud of our Career Solutions Team who work tirelessly to find new employment opportunities for our members and provide support and encouragement to those already out working in our community! Check out a few of their success highlights below: Jonathan Boiney, who has worked for the La Grange Police Department since 2017, was […]

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Pop-Up Programming Success

With the generous support of the NASCAR Foundation, Down Syndrome of Louisville began providing Pop-Up Programming in areas around Louisville in February and it has been a positive experience for all involved.  Many of our members cannot make it to our campus for classes due to distance- but they have welcomed having opportunities that they […]

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

Nonprofit to host unFOREgettable event on June 12-13 to benefit its mission Presented by Zoeller Pump Company Louisville, Ky. (May 9, 2022) – Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) will host its 30th annual Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament, presented by Zoeller Pump Company, on June 12-13 at Audubon Country Club. All funds raised from the event will […]

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

Hallmark to Debut Romance Centered on Lead Character With Down Syndrome (Exclusive)   By Philiana Ng‍ 10:56 AM PDT, April 13, 2022 Link to original article  Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will premiere a new romance centered on a lead character with Down syndrome, ET can exclusively reveal. Color My World With Love, which recently wrapped production, follows […]

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DSL Members Selected to Participate in Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show

Down Syndrome of Louisville Members Selected to Participate in Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show Bridget Matsen and Madeline Franklin will be walking the runway on Thursday, March 31 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 30, 2022) – Two Down Syndrome of Louisville members will participate in the 2022 Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) Spring Fashion Show Presented by Macy’s […]

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Penn Station Hosts National Fundraiser for Local Down Syndrome Associations

Funds raised at Louisville Penn Station locations will be donated to Down Syndrome of Louisville For the third year in a row, Penn Station is hosting its Round-Up for Down Syndrome campaign from March 1-21, which will benefit Down Syndrome organizations across the country, including Down Syndrome of Louisville. During the campaign, participants can grab […]

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Down Syndrome of Louisville Fundraiser Returns to Live Format

Down Syndrome of Louisville Fundraiser Returns to Live Format The 11th Annual Gallop Gala presented by MHS Louisville, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2022) – Down Syndrome of Louisville is celebrating the 11th year of it’s popular fundraising event, the Gallop Gala, by returning to an in-person format. The event will be held at Churchill Downs on […]

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DSL Career Solutions Trainees Start New Jobs

BIG congrats to Bailee – today is her first day of work at her first PAID position, at Burkes Outlet!! We are so proud of you, Bailee! A big thanks and congrats to Kristen Falcone and the DSL Career Solutions Team for training Bailee and prepping her for success!! Another proud Career Solutions moment today […]

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