Down Syndrome Indiana

Lisa Wells is an Executive Director for Down Syndrome Indiana and wrote about her involvement with DSI and what the organization has to offer. Read below to learn more! 

Down Syndrome Indiana, also known as DSI, is a one-stop-shop for information and resources on Down syndrome. The programs it offers are intended to promote the inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome in their greater community, as well as, to offer support and information to families, caregivers, educators, employers and the professionals who serve individuals with Down syndrome. DSI was founded in 1996.

Down Syndrome Indiana’s goals are as follows:

  1. Raise positive public awareness about Down syndrome
  2. Grow the Down syndrome Community Network
  3. Serve as a valuable information resource
  4. Educate families
  5. Influence Indiana Public Policy
  6. Strengthen Down Syndrome Indiana’s organization
  7. Increase inclusion and diversity considerations in all we do

I began working for Down Syndrome Indiana in May 2006. I have a background in Civic Leadership and have worked in the field of nonprofits since 1998. I love it! In fact, my favorite part of Down Syndrome Indiana is the people. During the last 13 years, I have met the most amazing people. I have met adults with Down syndrome who have become close friends. I have met parents whom I now look to in parenting my own children. I have met wonderful students who are passionate about making a difference in the world; and I have met professionals who have already made a difference and continue strong in their work.

Buddy Walk® is a very important event for Down Syndrome Indiana. It is both our largest fundraising event and awareness program. This year’s Buddy Walk Indianapolis will be held on Saturday, October 5th 2019 at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park. Everyone is welcome to come out and be a part of the event. More information is available at: http://www.dsindiana.org/buddywalk.php. Down Syndrome Indiana also holds a Buddy Walk® in Lafayette and one in Terre Haute. When you support Buddy Walk®, you help to prepare students with Down syndrome for academic success. You help to provide comfort to new parents through New Parent Packets. You reach over 2,400 K-12 students annually with a message of friendship and acceptance. You educate employers that people with Down syndrome make great employees. Your support makes a difference.

If you would like to volunteer to get involved in Down Syndrome Indiana, please visit HERE. It is a wonderful organization in which to be a part.

Emma Benner

Emma Benner

Social Media Intern

Emma is a student-athlete at Purdue University majoring in Kinesiology and on the cross country and track and field teams. She has been involved in the special needs community for many years as a coach with Special Olympics Minnesota, and  as a personal care assistant/respite sitter. She has worked in media, marketing, and journalism with various organizations. When Emma has some free time, she enjoys riding horses (she grew up doing barrel racing), baking doughnuts and cake pops (yum!), pursuing her new art interest (wood burning, painting, or drawing), or going for a long fun in sunny weather (her favorite!).