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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 bright red and yellow banner advertising Redline Performing Arts Company's upcoming Sister Act the Musical featuring headshots of cast members in small circles.

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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DSL Dad Wins NASCAR’s Humanitarian Award

Thank you to everyone who stayed the course and voted for Jeff each day during this exciting season! We are so excited to announce that our votes paid off and Jeff won NASCAR’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award! This is a huge win for Jeff and DSL! The $100,000 will allow us to continue to support, […]

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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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Scott Burt – Keeping Best Buy In Line

Meet Scott Burt! Scott works at Best Buy & Geek Squad as a Receiving Utility Agent for the Parts Team. Scott has been with Best Buy GSC for more than a decade!! This is nothing short of amazing! So proud of Scott and his eleven years with the company! “Scott likes to keep everyone on […]

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Ian Mauney Celebrates 12 years with Best Buy

Ian Mauney has been with Best Buy’s Geek Squad (GSC) for twelve years, serving as a Parts Product Agent! Way to go Ian! “There is never a dull moment with Ian. He is always willing to help wherever he is needed. Ian not only unboxes for us in the receiving area but he also makes […]

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National Disability Employment Spotlight – Meet Yug

One more #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwareness post to celebrate another hard worker! Meet Yug Tyagi! He works in Health and Beauty Care 38 hours a week at Walmart, straightening shelves, stocking new products, and processing returns. When it comes to his job, Yug is fast, precise, and focused. He not only keeps up with his typical peers, but […]

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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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Local Driver Drives Dollars for Local Charity

Down Syndrome of Louisville Recognized as a Finalist for $100,000 National Grant Through the NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Online Voting Begins 10/14/2021 at 6 p.m. and Runs through November 12th at Noon (LOUISVILLE, KY) October 14, 2021 – Down Syndrome of Louisville has announced today that it is in the running for […]

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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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Down Syndrome of Louisville Awarded $1800 From Louisville Metro Government

Down Syndrome of Louisville is honored to be a recipient of a grant from the Louisville Metro Government. The partnership with Lou Metro will allow Down Syndrome of Louisville to continue providing vital services to individuals with Down syndrome through our Summer Education Enrichment (SEE) and Career Solutions programs. Thank you, Louisville Metro Government!

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Down Syndrome of Louisville Awarded $3,500 from GPD Employees’ Foundation

Down Syndrome of Louisville is honored to be a recipient of a grant from the GPD Employees’ Foundation. The partnership with GPD will allow Down Syndrome of Louisville to continue providing vital services to individuals with Down syndrome that are just beginning their educational journey. Thank you, GPD!

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Down Syndrome of Louisville Awarded $2,500 by the Snowy Owl Foundation

Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL)  is honored to be a recipient of a grant from the Snowy Owl Foundation. The partnership with the Snowy Owl Foundation will allow Down Syndrome of Louisville to provide Early Childhood Intervention to children between the ages of 0-5. DSL has been providing early childhood education services for more than […]

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Happy to be back to work

PreviousNext Look who is back on the job! We are so thrilled to see Katie, Anna, and Candace back to work after a year-long hiatus from their jobs due to the pandemic. Shout-out to their awesome DSL Career Solutions Specialist Kristen for getting them back into the groove. ????  

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2021 Gallop Gala In The News

The Gallop Gala may have been virtual, but our members still made a splash in the news! Here are all of our media spots for the 2021 Gallop Gala. Wave 3 Listens

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April School Age Spotlight – Osa Cameron

Meet Osa! She is 11 years old and says the three best words to describe her are funny, colorful, and kind! Osa loves drawing, swinging on the swings in Springtime, Barbi Dolls, and getting to answer questions during school! She is working hard at learning to swim and turning her head to breath! Osa says […]

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WDSD Spotlight – Louis McGill

This is Louis!! He just turned a year and a half on the 26th this month. He loves throwing a ball of any kind back and forth, the sound of the vacuum and chasing it around, dancing, and taking walks with my parents! #WDSD2021 #WorldDownSyndromeDay #DSLKindnessWarrior Join us in Supporting our Members

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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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