There is no such thing as “Down Syndrome Owned Businesses” of course; this was for internet search and easy-recognition purposes. This list focuses on businesses which have items available for sale online. There are no affiliate links in this post, which means it’s a complete labor of love.
Supporting Businesses with a Connection to Down Syndrome; “Down Syndrome Owned Businesses”
Our Down syndrome community is close-knit. Oh, we squabble on social media and have tiffs here and there, but we also have each other’s backs something fierce. When we have questions about IEP’s or band together to seek out solutions or justice, there is no stopping us.
We also like to support each other.
Here’s a guide with links and information that will help us in supporting businesses with a connection to Down syndrome.
The sections have been categorized: businesses that are owned by individuals with Down syndrome, businesses that are owned by family members of an individual with Down syndrome, and companies that do great work in hiring individuals with Down syndrome.
1. Businesses that are run by individuals with Down syndrome
This means that the product is made by the individual with Down syndrome and the store is run largely through their own efforts.
Moira’s Ventures: Activist Moira Rossi set up a business in which she sells programs training other adults with Down syndrome in self-advocacy. I’m blown away.
Allie Art: Holy Mother of WOW! Allie’s art is gorgeous! Vibrant, color-rich and reasonably-priced. She has jewelry, too.
Dynamic, popping stuff: really lovely. Lupita has prints and more for sale on her site.
Gorgeous photos. Lots of nature-shots.
“Da Bomb,” Bath Bombs by Morgan Tibbens: Outstanding variety of “bath bombs” (these things you put into the bath to make your experience there something fragrantly divine.
Gorgeous, gorgeous pottery. Those leaves?! The designs? Brilliant! I think his slogan should be, “Stoneware with Impeccable Charm.”
Tazia Fawley: She makes cut-outs and paintings that are simply vibrant and bursting with energy. She is also the famous artist who gave Prince George one of her paintings, which was displayed in his nursery.
Geoffrey Mikol has an outstanding online shop, Riverbend Galleries, with images that he takes. Photos, calendars and more.
Artlifting: Dreamy, often abstract art from the brilliant Andrew Weatherly. He has a wide collection of everything from rainbow swirls to sunrises.
Megalogy: Megan Bomgaars is one of my favorites from the hit series, “Born This Way,” because she reminds me a lot of my daughter, Moxie. She is also a total rockstar of creative awesomeness, selling everything from her hand-dyed silk scarves to yoga pants.
Poppin’ Joes: Gourmet kettle corn by Joe! Yum.
Sweet Heat Jams: Pineapple and Jalepano jam?! Don’t mind if I do. This stuff sounds divine. If that’s not your cuppa tea, there’s a lot more for ya on the site shop.
- Dusty’s Puppets: Dusty makes, sells (and if you are local, performs with) puppets. Very, very cool.
- Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates: chocolate, coffee, tea, even granola and nuts!
- DK Arts: greeting cards and prints
- Florida Keys Art by Cinnamon – photographs and watercolors
- Bernadette Resha: prints, mugs, t-shirts, you name it, she has it covered with her art
- Gracie’s Doggie Delights: stuff your best friend will love
- Seanese – Sean, from “Born This Way” has his own line of bad-ass shirts (I want them all!)
- Teddy’s T’s: I’m really happy I found this site because I bought my kids Teddy’s “Label Jars, Not People” t-shirts at the SDS Conference a few years ago and I need to re-stock. Super-great guy; solid t-shirts with some fantastic slogans.
- “I Love My Life” by The Love Chromosome (Derrik & Julie)
- Group Hug Apparel – very popular t-shirt company run by Andrew, who has Down syndrome
Paying It Forward:
Brittany (an individual with Down syndrome) pulls together gift baskets for new and expecting parents of children with Down syndrome. What a powerful thing to do! Although this is not a business that you receive something in exchange for an item, it’s definitely worth contributing your dollars towards.
2. Small businesses that are run by family and allies of the of individuals with Down syndrome
- 4Peace Art: Two little girls – sisters of a young boy with Down syndrome – sell cards on Etsy and a portion of profit is donated to NDSC.
- Cristina’s Tortina Shop: cupcakes, cakes & speciality treats made by a mom of an individual with Down syndrome, and who hires people with Down syndrome.
- Reason to Bake: gluten free morsels of cookie deliciousness
- Dreamer’s Coffee: Coffee distribution company run mostly by parents of individuals with Down syndrome, selling coffee & coffee-accompanying products.
- Loving Memories Floral and Repurposed Designs: Lovely shadow boxes, wind chimes, repurposed art.
- Beccability Bakery: Handmade marshmallows, shipped anywhere. Yum.
- Jude & Fi: Hair stuff. I ordered a bunch of hair clips from them before for Moxie (- think, handmade little rainbows! horses!) and was extremely pleased with the quality.
- Mom & Me Designer Wreaths: Beautiful wreaths for every occasion and season.
Gracie’s Doggie Delights: healthy dog treats. No additives ever.
- Jack’s Bar and Grill & Steamer’s Coffeehouse: jam, jelly, pie filling and gift baskets. This stuff looks delicious.
- Sassy Fras Design: vinyl, embroidery and handcrafted design (including things like unicorn embroidered shirts!!!).
- Handmade Weighted Blankets: all kinds of handmade weighted blankets, with all kinds of fabrics.
- Design by MRS: hand-stamped jewelry and wood signs – quirky, fun and lovely: many of the designs have a Down syndrome Awareness focus
- Simply Adorable Blankets : handmade blankets made by people with Intellectual Disabilities
- Creekside Cookies: fruit and cookies!
- Waggies by Maggie & Friends – dog treats made by people with Intellectual Disabilities
- Imperfect Creations: quilts and embroidery
- 21 Reasons Why: Model Madeline Stuart’s fashion-wear!
3. Businesses with great track records for hiring individuals with Down syndrome
Ever want to know what businesses have a good track record with disability?
That is, that recruit, hire and retain employees with disabilities, that support accommodation and more?
Check out Return on Disability’s 2016 Annual Report.
They have deeply analyzed almost every aspect of employment and disability within major firms, and make it easy for you to decide where you want your money to go.
Added to that, they cover both the United States and Canada.
- Trader Joes
- Amazon (maybe Down syndrome; definitely for intellectual disability)
One Final Note
Please share this post and support businesses with a positive connection to Down syndrome in particular and disability in general.
Remember that our dollars speak the language of business by highlighting the need and desire for inclusion and acceptance, and they speak clearly and loudly.
Feel free to leave links in the comments section to businesses that have not been included.