About us

About us

  • Working For A Brighter Tomorrow

Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO) is a not-for-profit organization.  CIDSO was established in 1974 to act as a support service for the families in McLean County and in Central Illinois who had been touched by Down syndrome. CIDSO was founded by Bill and Diane Crutcher, along with Steve and Penny Schimpler. Penny and Diane were members of the National Down Syndrome Organization during the 1970's and Mrs. Crutcher lobbied in Washington on behalf of Down syndrome for eighteen years, consulting numerous organizations.  Membership is available to anyone over age 18 who is a member of a family who has/had a child with Down syndrome and meets other eligibility requirements as adopted by the general membership.  To be a voting member, individuals must complete a membership form.

Membership Form

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life of those born with Down syndrome through the establishment of life-long opportunities by continuing to educate, inform and support families, professionals and communities.


To support families as they adjust to the birth of a child with Down syndrome.

To provide informational and educational opportunities to families and interested persons.

To provide support for new and expanded educational, recreational, social, vocational, and residential opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome.

To provide legislative, informational, and advocacy support on issues impacting the lives of people with Down syndrome.

To provide social support to families.

To provide public awareness activities.

Officers & Chairs

  • President - Steve Newbold
  • Vice President - Deb Presley
  • Secretary - Shelley Marquis
  • Treasurer - Kim Weber
  • Fund Application Administrator - Diane Crutcher
  • Advocacy & Resources - Sandy Ginther
  • Membership Chair- Wendy Boswell
  • Communication Administrator - Diane Walker
  • Community Outreach - Shelley Marquis
  • Family Outreach - Kim Weber, Angela Hedican
  • Golf Gala & Open - Deb Cochran
  • Buddy Walk - Angela Hedican, Kim Weber
  • Social Chair - Dawn Mattia
  • Self Advocates - Abbey Heines & Kathy Peden     

CIDSO Membership Meeting Agendas and Minutes