LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A non-profit organization hosted a preview event in Henderson on Saturday.
GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind success center for people with Down syndrome, their families and the community.
“We have to understand that people with Down syndrome are capable of whatever they think about and whatever their family and loved ones support them,” said Justine Adams.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year approximately 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in the United States. This represents about 1 in 700 babies.
Jett, 5, was born with Down syndrome, his mother Adrienne Gennuso, comes to events organized by GiGi’s Playhouse and finds comfort in knowing that her family is not alone when raising a child with Down syndrome.
“We’re all here for the same reason knowing that our children are included and that there is this sense from birth to adulthood that we can all come together and make sounding boards,” “Hey, that works for me, why don’t you try that, ”she said.
Saturday’s event aimed to positively raise awareness of Down syndrome by offering free literacy, math and life skills programs to children living with Down syndrome.
Although there are over 40 locations across the country, bringing in a brick and mortar location to house programs and remedies is the goal of the group’s volunteers.
GiGi’s Playhouse community in Las Vegas is run by five volunteer moms.
If you want more information or make a donation, visit GiGi’s Playhouse.
The association was first formed in Illinois in 2003.