Office for People With Developmental Disabilities


New York City

Through her nonprofit organization, Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, Brittany Schiavone of South Huntington Long Island is spreading the word that “people with Down syndrome can do anything - really, really, really anything,” to use Brittany’s words. Thanks to her and her team of volunteers, that message is getting out loud and clear to families expecting babies with Down syndrome and to the public at large. Brittany’s Baskets of Hope make and deliver baskets to celebrate the arrival of babies with Down syndrome.

Each basket of hope is lovingly filled with donated hand knitted goods, organic baby items, toys and other little things for the baby and siblings.  It also comes with resources which give new parents information and support on raising a child with Down syndrome.  The very first basket of hope was delivered in October 2016.  Since then, Brittany and her team have sent baskets to 177 families in 45 states across the country.  

Brittany has spoken at schools, colleges, and conferences across Long Island. She was even featured on websites including, The Mighty, Ditch the Label, Elephant Journal, and News 12 Long Island, where she was selected as one of the news channel’s “12 Making a Difference in 2016.”

You can read more about Brittany’s Baskets of Hope by visiting her website at  

Brittany posing with one of her baskets.Brittany with a stack of baskets ready to go out.Brittany showing off the cool stuff going into a basket.