“Chloe amazes us every day, she is so brave and strong. When she came home in December she was unsteady on her feet and now she is climbing things and running all over the house. She’s gone from being our timid, quiet, and unsure little girl to our curious, fearless, sassy girl who will tell you “no, no, no” one moment and then wrap her arms around you for the biggest hug the next”, says Chloe’s mom Jacey Smothers.
3-year-old Chloe is a light and joy to all you get to know her. Fearless and adventurous, Chloe wants to be just like her big brother, even jumping off the side of the boat at the lake. Chloe is so friendly and outgoing and loves to wave “Hiiiii” to everyone she meets. “She loves reading books, riding her bike, and playing in her kitchen. Her favorite thing to do is to ride in the jeep with her daddy singing to Sugarland”, says her mom. Over quarantine, Chloe has spent much of her time at the zoo or lake, and dancing to her favorite children’s songs, Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Skidamarink!
Since adopting Chloe in December, the Smothers Family has gone “all in” for DSL. Earlier this summer Jason Smothers generously donated paint and man-hours to give our entire Louisville Lifelong Learning Center a paint facelift! The Smothers shared how much DSL has meant to them and how they wanted to give back. “DSL has provided so much support to us over the last year. Even before we brought our daughter home, DSL was there to answer our questions and provide us with support. They have sent books to our house, answered our hundreds of questions, and even let Chloe borrow some of their toys when she wasn’t ready to part with them. 😉 DSL has enabled us to connect with other families who have answered our questions and provided helpful information as well. Chloe loved the playgroups at the center and has also enjoyed the virtual circle time with Ms. Hannah and Mrs. Dawn, who we absolutely love. They have provided us with so many resources and ideas to help Chloe and us.” Thank you Jason and Jacey for being a part of the DSL Family, and for sharing your adorable Chloe with us!
We are so excited to launch our new app for our families, friends & supporters! Here are some things to know: ANYONE can download the app to learn more about Down Syndrome of Louisville. There is an array of options at the click of a button! WHO CAN LOGIN? Registered DSL Families. This includes parents/guardians, […]
Down Syndrome of Louisville Presents DSL’s Got Talent 2023 Directed and Produced by Carly Riggs Hosted by David Desanctis and Jesse Rasmussen ASL Interpretation by Shayne and Lindsay Event Schedule Intermission & Minute to Win It Use the QR code below or login to Venmo to Donate & Support More Member Programming like DSL’s […]
GE Appliances Women’s Network (GEAWN) Volunteers: Growing Hearts and Minds at DSL Facility
The GE Appliances Women’s Network (GEAWN) volunteered at the Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) facility, leaving an impact on both the volunteers and the individuals they served. GEAWN expressed gratitude to the facility’s staff, members, and management for the opportunity to contribute. They spent time in the computer room, during healthy snack-time, and planted herbs […]
Embracing Diversity and Empowering Voices: Actors Theatre’s Commitment to Inclusion
In the pursuit of fostering inclusivity and giving voice to underrepresented communities, Actors Theatre of Louisville has taken a significant step by hiring disabled teaching artists to work with a diverse group of students. Among these exceptional individuals are Madeline Franklin and Megan Mudd, who bring their unique perspectives and talents to the forefront, creating […]
Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day with the Lucky Few Tattoo Event
World Down Syndrome Day is a special occasion that brings together communities worldwide to raise awareness, celebrate individuals with Down syndrome, and promote inclusion. At Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL), we wanted to mark this significant day in a unique and meaningful way- and this year marked the first annual Lucky Few Tattoo event. In […]
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 […]
Grant Gupton and Macy Knights Honorary Captains at Racing
🎉 We are thrilled to share that two of our own, Grant Gupton and Macy Knights from Down Syndrome of Louisville, were recently named honorary captains for Racing Louisville women’s football team! 🏆 As honorary captains, they were featured on the jumbotron and given the incredible opportunity to attend the team’s training and experience the […]
DSL will soon begin sending all of our text messages from one local number. This TEXT ONLY number will be 1-866-495-3582. Please save this number in your phone as “DSL TEXTS” or something similar so that you do not miss any important information from DSL. This number will slowly replace texts from Remind. We will […]
DSL Chef Level: Easy (oven or air fryer and skillet or panini press/sandwich press) Ingredients: For the kale chips: 1 bunch kale (about 1 pound), preferably Tuscan 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt For the Wafflewich 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated 1/3 cup honey mustard 8 frozen waffles 1/2 pound deli-sliced ham […]
DSL Chef Level- Medium (Stove, Oven) Makes 12 sliders Ingredients: 1 onion 1 pound of ground beef or turkey 12 slider buns (most come in packs of 6) American cheese (about 6 slices) Pickles 2 tablespoons melted butter Sesame seeds For the Mac Sauce: 2 (large) tablespoons mayo Squeeze of mustard Squeeze of ketchup 2 […]
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