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Our mission is to improve the lives of persons with Down syndrome, and their families, by providing support, information, education, and advocating for their rights and concerns; TO ENABLE THE INDIVIDUAL TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.
Down Syndrome of Louisville's Life Long Learning Center The Life Long Learning Programs offer comprehensive and continuous educational services to maximize the potential of people with Down syndrome. EARLY INTERVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM serving children birth through 5 years old provides a child-centered, activity-based, interactive model of service delivery (Home-based or group) that facilitates sessions that are reflective of a child's natural environment. We provide developmentally enhancing activities that utilize current best practices in early childhood education/intervention and address sensory integration issues. These individually designed sessions provide developmental intervention (DI) services to address all five areas of development, child's developmental goals and the family's concerns .This program provides support and parent education regarding community resources, child development and issues associated with the unique learning styles of children with Down syndrome. ADULT LITERACYPROGRAM serves as a post-high school education program for adults with Down syndrome to increase and maintain literacy skills. Academic skills targeted are reading, writing, spelling, math, counting/managing money, and computer literacy. Additional skills addressed in the program include time management, planning, record keeping, etc. Individual and group sessions are available. Monthly goals are developed based on the student's needs and assessment. Mastery of these skills leads to accelerated job placement, increased independence, and better quality of life. TEEN/ADULT SKILL BUILDING PROGRAM offers Bi-Monthly group activities and an annual summer camp to develop skills to prepare them for independence as an adult in the community. Activities include literacy, cooking, health and fitness, community mobility, arts/leisure and social/personal relationship development. The activities utilize age appropriate community resources and peer mentor volunteers to promote relationships. EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE/ADVOCACY SERVICES provides regularly scheduled workshops for parents and professionals to provide current and best practices in the development of people with Down syndrome. These sessions address transition through the person's educational career, IEP trainings, life and estate planning and medical and health issues. Resource materials and advocacy consultation are available to families and professionals. FAMILY NETWORKING OPPORTUNIITES A diverse selection of support and networking opportunities are offered monthly to persons with Down syndrome and their families. Mom's, Dad's and Grandparent's support groups meet on a monthly basis at various locations and times. Family outings for the entire membership offer a way for families to meet each other and establish friendships. Annual events include: The Bats Baseball Game at Slugger Field, the Buddy Walk, the DSL Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Halloween Party at the Zoo, and Pot Luck Suppers. `