Advocacy Organizations

The DSAGC is a 501C-3 non-profit organization established in 1981 with a history of responding to the changing needs of individuals with Down syndrome, serving southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.

DSAGC Website
(888) 796-5504 / (513) 761-5400

DSAWK promotes public awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome by providing information, resources and support in our community. Generally, meetings are on the 3rd Monday of the month at the Heartland Worship Center in Paducah.

DSAWK Website
(270) 705-8353

Down Syndrome of Louisville is a non-profit organization founded in 1977 whose 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, enabling individuals to reach their full potential.

(502) 495-5088

Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing support, information, education, resources, networking, and activities, while advocating in the community and state. DSSCK is an incorporated 501c3 non-profit organization extending its outreach and mission to seven counties in KY: Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Logan, Simpson, and Warren.

DSSKY Website

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville is a support organization that is very active in the community. Created for families, FEAT of Louisville is dedicated to easing the autism journey through ongoing support, education and programs.

(502) 596-1258

A national grassroots network of families and friends, advocates for health care services that are family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent for all children and youth with special health care needs; promotes the inclusion of all families as decision makers at all levels of health care; and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals.

(888) 835-5669 (National office) or (502) 595-4459, Ext. 279 (KY office)

GRADSAΓÇÖs mission is to enable families enriched with Down syndrome connection to share resources, build friendships, and advocate together for the future of individuals with Down syndrome.

GRADSA Website
(270) 925-0195

The mission of HDI is to promote independence, productivity, and integration of all people through numerous research, training, and outreach activities. HDI is a member of AUCD, serving as KentuckyΓÇÖs University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

(859) 257-1714

KARRN is a network of people with spinal cord injury, stroke and brain injury, healthcare providers, educators, researchers and other community members committed to the health and well-being of people with neurological impairments who live in the Appalachian region. KARRN improves the quality of life and community participation of individuals in rural Kentucky through educational seminars, advocacy efforts, and information about clinical trials and other resources available to clients and their families.

KAD is organized by and for the deaf community and is an affiliated member of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). KADΓÇÖs mission is for mutual assistance and encouragement of deaf people and to secure moral, intellectual and social improvement of their educational and vocational opportunities. The KY Association for the Deaf has been working closely with the KY Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the KY School for the Deaf Alumni Association and the KY Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.