New Down Syndrome achievement center opens in Raleigh

Rachel Fox Kipphut, a parent of a 4-year-old with Down Syndrome

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Down Syndrome achievement center is now open in Raleigh.  This is the 31st GiGi’s Playhouse location across the nation.

The center, off Jones Franklin Road, offers free educational and therapeutic programing to people of all ages with Down Syndrome and their families.

These free programs focus on all aspects of skill development in the areas of education, social skills, speech and language skills, fine and gross motor development and job training.

“We’re very excited about this,” said Rachel Fox Kipphut, a parent of a 4-year-old with Down Syndrome.  “It’s giving them an opportunity to be the best that they can be and also to have the same opportunities as other children, and even more,”  she added.

“It’s a place for the community to come in and learn about Down Syndrome, learn about differences.  It’s a place for the kids to come and volunteer, and be grateful for the gifts that they were given,” said founder Nancy Gianni.

Gianni was just named a CNN Hero.

There are six more GiGi’s Playhouses opening across the country within the next year.

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