Value. Teach.
Celebrate. Serve.

Creating opportunities for learners with Down syndrome to shine!

Value. Teach.
Celebrate. Serve.

Creating opportunities for learners with Down syndrome to shine!


We partner with families, educators, and organizations around the world to enhance education for learners with Down syndrome.


  • 23+ years of service
  • Developer of face-to-face and online platforms to share educational strategies, resources and activities
  • Member of NDSC's Center for Outreach & Education
Students Served Yearly
Organizational Partners
Online Members


By Dana Halle | November 22, 2023 |

Reflecting on a year of milestones and growth! Thanks to your support, we’ve empowered hundreds through our Learning Programs and Social Boundaries Series, and we’re just getting started. Help us reach more milestones in 2024. Any amount appreciated. Donate today #GivingTuesday #Downsyndromefoundation #CommunityImpact“


By Dana Halle | September 6, 2023 |

Classes starting soon. Join us as we explore social boundaries and empower learners to navigate their world in safe and appropriate ways. Questions? Reach out to us at More information and registration at:

DSF Closes Learning Center in Irvine

By Dana Halle | July 12, 2023 |

We are sad to announce the closure of our Learning Center in Irvine, California. We hosted our last class on June 22, 2023 and the move was completed on July 7, 2023. Our new mailing address is: 1048 Irvine Av., #575, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Our phone number remains (949)298-2020. You can reach out through…

The Learning Program equips participants with the knowledge and tools to work effectively with students in home and school settings.

  • Evidence-based teaching strategies and customized educational materials
  • Focus on building literacy and math skills, with occupational and speech therapy components
  • Developed in collaboration with educators, researchers, therapists and administrators
  • Adapted for in-person, online and classroom applications

What our members say...

“I'm LOVING the program. I get SO MUCH out of the webinars - advice, suggestions, ideas, hope, and encouragement. Thanks for what you are doing for us!!”

-- Sandy L.
LP Online, Level 2 Member

"I think the online program is amazing! Our sessions are short but I have found them to be very effective. Z shows so much pride in himself when we finish each book and we give high fives! It makes this mommy very happy to watch her son love learning! Thank you for all you do to make this available to so many families."

-- Stephanie L.
LP Online, Level 1 Member

“The Learning Program has helped with my confidence as a parent to teach my child with Down syndrome. I feel like part of a large community of families who have children with Down syndrome. I love that I have materials to use with my child.”

-- Heather S.
LP Orange County Member

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Online Classes

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VisuaLearn iPad App

Improve vocabulary development, sight word acquisition and sentence building.


Learning Program Store

Educational resources to support students at home and in school.

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LP Resources

We've developed an extensive list of educational resources.

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Local Resources

Find classes, after-school programs, and more in your area.

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DSF Learning Center

Classes, programs, and resources available in Irvine, CA.

Overview of Services


Empowered Educator Program

A program for educators developed through collaboration with the National Down Syndrome Congress as part of its Center for Outreach and Education.

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Not sure where to begin?

Tell our staff about your learner's strengths and needs, and we will guide you to resources and courses to help them shine!

What our partners say...

"The students who participated in the Learning Program classes hosted by the Down Syndrome Guild were eager to learn and work with the highly visual materials based on the errorless learning strategies shared. Our graduates exhibited greater desire to read and work with their books as the program progressed. DSG is grateful to DSF for creating stimulating and highly engaging materials to help learners with Down syndrome increase their literacy and numeracy skills."

-- Amy Allison
Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City 


"Teaching TLP has been an amazing experience! As a teacher, when you present a session, you learn not only from the topic introduced, but the research behind that topic and TLP's history with that topic session. That knowledge explains and informs each topic, and gives teachers the expertise and understanding to work through that topic with parents and teachers."

-- Teresa Kibelstis
Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group


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Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County
Mailing Address: 1048 Irvine Ave, #575
Newport Beach, CA 92600

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