About Us

We are dedicated to helping people with Down syndrome lead wonderful lives, filled with empowerment, love and hope.

We advocate for people with Down syndrome and support families in their journey to provide the most fulfilling lives for their children. We serve people with Down syndrome across the lifespan – from birth through adulthood.

Our Executive Director, Gina Johnson, founded our organization over thirty years ago with five families.  In 2020, we have touched the lives of thousands through our programs and annual events.  We are a support organization, first and foremost.  Our services are FREE to families and we receive donations from grants and sponsors to fund what we do.

Gina and her beloved son, David – the inspiration for our organization

Serving on our Board of Directors and Advisors are people dedicated to people with Down syndrome.  Many are parents, relatives and friends of individuals with Down syndrome.  They all have a passion for making the world a more inclusive place.

2020-2021 Board of  Directors: Gina Johnson, Pat Hammons, Seth Johnson, Leon Ricks, Carol Tingey and Curt Johnson.

2020-2021 Advisory Board: Chris Claridge, Dave Case, Sheri Reed, Gina Barreras, Sylvia Ricks, Stephanie Spade, Keith Killourie, Stacie Wylie, Josiah Friedman, Andrea Friedman, Adam Dixon, Emma Sewell and Barb Wilkins.