In 2015, Down Syndrome of Louisville was looking for a challenge and they found it. After 12 months of planning, reviewing, organizing and developing the 130 outcomes spanning the DSAIA’s Accreditation Checklist, Down Syndrome of Louisville completed and received is Gold Accreditation.
Lisa Holmes, Director of Programming and Operations at Down Syndrome of Louisville, explained that the organization created its strategic plan in 2015 to challenge itself. “We wanted to achieve DSAIA Accreditation and our other goal was to create world-class programming,” she said. “The Gold Accreditation was a stepping stone to achieve that goal.”
The biggest challenge, Holmes joked, was getting over the shock of the six-page accreditation check list. “It was a little intimidating,” she said. It was worth it, though. Said Holmes: “It’s been one of the best and most defining things I’ve done in my adult professional career.”
For the more than 35-year-old organization that serves upwards of 500 members in northern Kentucky, the process to meet DSAIA’s rigorous accreditation standards was extremely intentional.
Holmes explained that the process wasn’t done just to meet the accreditation goals. “We really looked at all our documentation and asked ourselves is this what we actually do and is it meaningful,” said Holmes. “We wanted to make sure everything was accurate. That took a lot of time.”
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