What is the Starlight Project?

The StarLight Project is a LLC of the DSAJ. “The StarLight Project is a nonprofit organization partnered with the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville that creates dream bedrooms for children in Jacksonville and St. Augustine with special needs. The StarLight Project was founded in 2011 by Craig, Cherie, Eden & Elle Sussman. We are committed to enhancing the lives of children with all types of special needs (Down syndrome, Autism, Cerebral palsy). There is no cost to families chosen for a dream room makeover.

Since the home environment is a crucial piece of childhood development, we aim to create the ultimate learning, playing, and relaxing atmosphere inside the child’s home. Based on the child’s needs, this is accomplished by transforming their bedroom into a custom-made dream haven.

The organization is dedicated to the loving memories of Jeffrey Sussman, Arnold Lederer & Pauline Lederer. The “S” in Star and the “L” in Light represent their last names. These three individuals had a profound impact on the world, and their passion for helping children is the driving force behind The StarLight Project. Their legacy will live in our hearts forever, and in each child’s dream bedroom.

The StarLight Project

Thank you so much for your interest in The StarLight Project. Please complete the application below and submit. You may also print this form and mail it in to the address indicated on page 1. Contact us at thestarlightproject@gmail.com or (561) 670-1102 with any questions.

Apply to the StarLight Project by completing and submitting the form below.

Fields in bold are required.

Child's Name

Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD)

Parent/Guardian Name

Parent/Guardian Occupation

Parent/Guardian Email

Parent/Guardian Phone Number

Is this a work, home or mobile number?

Street Address




Number of Children in Household

Does your child have their own room?

If not who does your child share a room with?

Do you rent or own your home?

If you rent, is your child’s room able to be made over?

Tell Us More About Your Child

What is your child’s primary diagnosis (ex. Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome)

What school does your child attend?

Who should we contact at your child's school?

What is the school contacts phone number?

Does your child have a primary therapist?

If yes, please include the therapists name?

If yes, please include the therapists phone number?

What your child’s special interests? (ex. cars, princesses, trains, specific colors, movies, music) Please list more than one interest as it relates to their dream bedroom.

Please provide examples of your child’s favorite learning tools (bright colors, music, quiet personal space, lights and sounds, art/painting, etc)

Does your child have any specific dislikes>

Please explain why your child would be a good candidate for The StarLight Project.