The mission of the NDSC is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.


The vision of the NDSC is a world with equal rights and opportunities for people with Down syndrome.


It is the purpose of the National Down Syndrome Congress to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.

That purpose is enhanced by the commitment of the NDSC to:

  • Promote the availability of and accessibility to a full range of opportunities and/or resources that meet individual and family needs.
  • Build a sense of community and fellowship for all people concerned with Down syndrome.
  • Provide leadership in the formation of public policy.
  • Encourage ethically responsible research related to all aspects of Down syndrome.
  • Educate professionals, parents, and community in all aspects relating to Down syndrome.
  • Foster self-advocacy and acknowledge the importance of self-actualization for persons with Down syndrome.
  • Recognize and advance the full range of rights of all people with Down syndrome.
  • Promote full participation of people with Down syndrome in all aspects of community life.
  • Recognize the variability of personal needs and respect individual choices.
  • Develop and disseminate position statements on major issues related to Down syndrome.
  • Provide a network for linking of state and local groups and affiliates.
  • Foster and enhance relationships with the NDSC community and the broader disability community.