The Gold Coast Down syndrome Organization impacts the lives of persons with Down syndrome by raising awareness and advocating for high expectations and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome. For nearly 40 years, we have been helping people with Down syndrome to maximize their considerable potential and live full and meaningful lives. Our education, advocacy and support programs help families to knock down barriers that stand in the way of their children’s success. Whether you have a baby, a child in school, or an adult looking for activities, we are there for you with the most current information, constructive support, cutting-edge ideas, and all the hugs you may need. We are committed to helping every person with Down syndrome be included in their community. We are committed to helping you. Please contact us with your questions and concerns.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Erin Allen, President
Janessa Gross, Vice President
Doreen Garetano, Secretary
Dave Faerman, Treasurer
Marie Birchansky OTR/L
Gail Marino, Founder and Ex Officio Member
When Gail Marino found herself in a hospital room, surrounded by healthcare professionals telling her there was no need to keep her newborn baby Kim because she had Down syndrome, the young mother was appalled. She decided then and there that she would make sure that families in her position received all the support they needed to raise their children with Down syndrome. In 1980, Gail founded tthe Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization and began building programs that improved education and advocated for persons with Down syndrome. Gold Coast has grown into one of the leading Down syndrome affiliates in the country, recognized nationally with the National Down Syndrome Congress Parent Group Award and by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation for educational programs. In 2012, mainly through money raised through walks for Down syndrome, Gold Coast opened a Resource Center in Boynton Beach, which serves people with Down syndrome in Palm Beach County and their families.
Today Kim Marino has a job, is learning to play the piano and has traveled the world. She has never been left behind.