August 19, 2019
August 19, 2019
We wanted to send out more
communication on the incidents that were reported this weekend. On Friday,
August 16, WDRB reported that an arrest had been made after an incident
involving a driver and one of our members on July 3. After investigation, DSL
was assured that the event described in the news story occurred in July of 2018,
The safety of our members
is and always will be a top priority for Down Syndrome of Louisville. We can
assure you that we are taking every step we can to ensure their safety while in
our care and will advocate for those who
serve our members to do the same.
Some measures that we have
already taken include:
- A Crisis Management Team has been created and will be meeting this week to debrief. New policy & procedures will be discussed and this will include a Crisis Communication Plan.
- All public transportation drivers picking up or dropping off a member must sign a log that includes:
- All visitors to DSL will sign in, and be given a name badge and lanyard to wear while in the building. Staff is aware that they should be looking for these badges at all times.
- We are working with our security company to investigate ways to improve our procedures. One possibility will be a camera at the front drop-off area.
- Our staff will be compassionately educating those members here at DSL this week on measures that can help keep them safe. DSL will also send out educational information and safety tips to all of our families this week.
- We have a meeting with TARC3 this week to discuss these events and ask what they plan to do to ensure it does not happen again.
Again, we can assure you
that the safety of our members is always our first priority and we will do
everything in our power to keep them safe.
Board Chairman & Julie Torzewski, Executive Director