About GiGi’s Playhouse Canton
In 2017, a group of impassioned parents and individuals formed a start-up team with the goal of opening a GiGi’s Playhouse in the Canton/Akron area. After demonstrating the commitment and need in the community, the Canton location was approved by the national non-profit organization to open an affiliate to serve our community. Our dream became a reality when GiGi’s Playhouse Canton opened on April 28th, 2019. We were the 44th Playhouse to open nationwide and the second one in Ohio!
GiGi’s Playhouse Canton is fulfilling the dream of the Down syndrome community of having a location where individuals with Down syndrome of all ages have a place to call their own, where they feel safe and can explore their abilities through proven programs with support and celebration. Parents no longer feel the anxiety of finding a place where their loved one will be unconditionally accepted and offered opportunity to become their best of all. Each participant will grow with the programs at their own pace and interact with their peers in an environment of celebration and achievement. No matter the age, individuals with Down syndrome will be offered the opportunity to grow their knowledge and skills. Families will experience support and learn that they are not alone and are part of an amazing community that appreciates the joys and highlights the positive.
All programs are delivered by a team of trained volunteers and offered at no-cost to families so that cost is never a barrier to receive resources, support and services. GiGi’s Playhouse Canton is a non-profit and is sustained through the support of community partners, generous donors and fundraising events.
GiGi’s Playhouse Canton is committed to partnering with local businesses and organizations to further our overall mission: awareness, education, and celebration of individuals with Down syndrome within the community. If you’re interested in learning more about GiGi’s Canton, volunteering in or sponsoring programs (free to families), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our Mission and Purpose:
To change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all.
To see a world where individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced in their families, schools, and communities.
We change lives through the consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based, and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.
A lifetime commitment to families.
With over 57+ brick-and-mortar locations across the United States and Mexico and 200 inquiries to start new locations all over the world, GiGi’s Playhouse is the ONLY network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. Every day, we provide FREE, life-changing therapeutic, educational, and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages.
Down syndrome is the largest chromosomal disability in our country and yet, it is the least funded. From a prenatal diagnosis to career skills, we make a lifetime commitment to remain by their side. Families are empowered with all the tools their child needs to succeed!
Through free programs and through our Generation G Campaign for global acceptance, we EMPOWER families by maximizing opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. To ensure lasting acceptance, we must show the world what individuals with Down syndrome are truly capable of achieving as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities. Our program outcomes help advance this vital social impact goal.