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Our History

Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc. (DSL) is a non-profit organization founded in 1977 by Mary Carter, an early childhood educator who established the first Early Intervention Education program for children with Down syndrome in Kentucky. Our grassroots organization grew with parent support to incorporate in 1991 to offer services for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages.

2011 proved to be a historic year for our organization with the opening of the Down Syndrome Lifelong Learning Center on Hurstbourne Parkway in September. We continue to welcome new members to the facility where they receive developmental services in a center that meets their individual needs.

Later that year a generous 3-year grant from the Ogle Foundation facilitated the merger of Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) and Down Syndrome Support Association of Southern Indiana (DSSASI) in Southern Indiana. Expanded services and programs are now available to individuals in the Southern Indiana region. The Southern Indiana Down Syndrome Lifelong Learning Center is in Trinity United Methodist Church in New Albany, Indiana.

Our mission is to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome, and their families, by providing support, information, education, and advocacy for their rights and concerns; thus enabling each individual to reach his or her full potential. . — Our Mission


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