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Message from New Directions 2014 President
Stacey Rolling

Question asked to our daughter Kate (6 Ds) “What is it like to be Kate?” and her reply: “AWESOME!”
That pretty much sums up my families feelings about Down syndrome. My name is Stacey Rolling and I am New Directions’2014 President. My husband Kenny, our children and I have lived in Luverne, MN for 6 years and have been active members of New Directions for just as long.  I work part-time for the Luverne school district as a paraprofessional and also volunteer my time not only for New Directions but also for three other local Luverne organizations. Kenny works for the city of Luverne as a manager and we have two children Henry 11 (6th grade) and Kate 6 (Kindergarten).  From being on the New Directions board as the 2013 Vice President, I have come to appreciate even more, all the work, the decision making, and of course the fun that is involved with these volunteer board positions. Advocating for all children/adults with Down syndrome, networking with other families, directing families to available resources, financial assistance and enjoying all the planned activities is what New Directions is about.  There are a lot of family activities planned for this year and I hope that 2014 finds you being an even more active member, enjoying our planned activities and utilizing our member benefits!  I also hope this new year finds your family blessed with many wonderful adventures!

~Stacey Rolling, President NDDSA

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Welcome to New Directions


Our mission is to provide information about Down syndrome, direction to resources, and networking opportunities.

New Directions strives to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome throughout their lifespan by providing support, information and education to those individuals, their families, and professionals.

New Directions also seeks to provide the entire community with information and education to broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding individuals with Down syndrome.

Our membership includes more than 100 families from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska, and is quickly growing!

Our mailing list of over 800 names consists of medical professionals, Family Support Coordinators, teachers, therapists, family and friends. All of these people have been touched by individuals with Down syndrome and wish to stay updated on New Directions' events.


New Directions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded by private support from individuals, foundations, community organizations and fundraising efforts.

In 2010, New Directions was thrilled to be one of eleven non-profit organizations from across the state to receive the KELOLAND Tradition of Caring Grant. This grant allowed New Directions to create a Public Service Announcement, which aired on KELOLAND TV and My UTV.