The National Down Syndrome Society
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The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.
NDSS is dedicated to helping people with Down syndrome and their families—from healthcare to education; from acceptance on the playground to acceptance in the workplace. It is to this end that NDSS is focused on four areas of programming.
NDSS Community Support Programs:
NDSS leads a national network of more than 300 affiliate groups across the country, consisting of local parent support groups and other organizations that provide services to the Down syndrome community. Through its Goodwin Family Information and Referral Center , NDSS operates a toll-free helpline and email service, which responds to constituent inquiries in over 150 languages. NDSS publishes new and expectant parent guides and informational brochures, and boasts the web’s most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for families, professionals and affiliates in both English and Spanish.
NDSS National Policy Center:
The NDSS National Policy Center in Washington , D.C. strives to protect the rights of and help remove barriers for all individuals with Down syndrome by working with Congress and federal agencies, in addition to educating parents and self-advocates to advocate on the local, state, and national levels. The work of the Policy Center is guided by its dynamic legislative agenda which includes a wide range of issues and touches every stage of life. These issues include education, healthcare, research, employment and independent living.
Public Awareness Initiatives:
The purpose of public awareness at NDSS is to ignite a new way of thinking about people with Down syndrome by turning the mission of “value, acceptance and inclusion” into a positive national message. This past September, NDSS proudly unveiled the My Great Story public awareness campaign in an effort to honor and celebrate the 400,000 Americans with Down syndrome by showcasing inspirational stories in an online story book. Print ads supporting the campaign have been featured in Allure, American Way Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Newsweek, The New Yorker, USA Today, Vogue and many more national and local publications. Throughout the year, NDSS proactively reaches out to national media outlets including television, print, online media, and radio to secure editorial content on issues within the Down syndrome community.
National Buddy Walk® Program:
The Buddy Walk® was established by NDSS in 1995 and has grown to be the world’s largest and most recognizable Down syndrome awareness program, with 275 Walks taking place in 49 states and 7 countries this year. Every year 250,000 walkers collectively raise approximately $10 million which is used to support local programs and services as well as national initiatives. What most people do not know is that the majority of Buddy Walk organizers are volunteers who recognize the need for more inclusion in their communities, and they work all year planning a meaningful and educational event for individuals with Down syndrome and their supporters.
Visit the National Down Syndrome Society at www.ndss.org