GiGi’s Playhouse opens in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- A new educational and therapeutic facility for people with Down syndrome has opened it’s doors. GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind center that offers free programming to individuals of all ages, their families, and the community.

GiGi’s Playhouse may be new to Fort Wayne, but it’s this is actually the 29th facility to open up across the United states. The Fort Wayne chapter was started by Doug and Cindy Atkinson who have a grandchild with Down syndrome.

Official ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of GiGi's Playhouse in Fort Wayne.
Official ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of GiGi’s Playhouse in Fort Wayne.

They offer has at least 30 different programs that focus on areas of education, social skills, speech and language, and motor development.

Hundreds of people in the community attended the grand opening Sunday. It kicked off with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 2:00 p.m. followed by tours of the playhouse.

The mission of GiGi’s Playhouse is to bring positive and accurate information about Down syndrome to Fort Wayne and surrounding communities.

The first playhouse was opened in 2003 by Nancy Gianni who’s daughter has Down syndrome.

“Our program participants continue to change the way people view Down syndrome through their amazing self-confidence and skills,” said Nancy Gianni, Founder of GiGi’s Playhouse. “Helping children and young adults at GiGi’s Playhouse extends beyond the Down syndrome diagnosis. If you believes in a kinder and more accepting world, and believe in helping others, GiGi’s Playhouse is a place for you.”

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