The Down Syndrome Association NWI has served the region since 1987. The constant has been the support our families provide to one another.

We believe that our individuals help make NWI a diverse, vital and inclusive place to live, raise a family and work or start a business.

Whatever your interest in our organization, we encourage you to establish a user profile on our website. As the site expands, you will find a place here to interact and learn more about individuals and families who make Northwest Indiana special.

If you are new to the Down syndrome community, prepare for a beautiful journey. For our longtime friends, families, supporters and donors, welcome to the NEW, improved, better-than-ever DSANWI!

Who We Are

We are a longtime community organization that supports individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Our hope is to remain a NWI resource for generations to come.

Board of Directors

Christine Longo
Executive Director

Dr. Brian Thompson

Board President

Mike Coil

Board Member

Mike Kelley

Board Member

Lynda Kujawa

Secretary/Board Member

Charles Lager

Treasurer/Board Member

Debbie Meyers

Board Member

Dr. Michelle Millard

Board Member

Carey Randall

Board Member

Cliff Robinson J.D.

Board Member

Joey Stephan

Board Member


Our mission is to raise awareness, provide support, advocate for inclusion, and change as our population needs us to as a steadfast resource for the Down Syndrome community. We want the region and the world to see us, recognize our value, get to know us, and reap the rewards of our friendship.


Our vision is to change what an individual, group, society and world sees when they have the opportunity to interact with someone born with an extra 21st chromosome. We want the world to be excited to know us and to recognize our value, and for full inclusion to be organic. Through this vision, we hope to provide a variety of opportunities for our growing population of all ages, from delivery diagnosis and new parent support through adult and elder care issues with a variety of social, emotional, support, educational, play, work and housing opportunities.