NDSC has developed these principles reflecting our legislative agenda and consistent with the values held by the organization.
Expand Opportunities for Individuals with Down Syndrome to Live and Work in Their Community with the Necessary Support Services
- Promote policies that offer all individuals with Down syndrome opportunities for community living, recreational and employment with the appropriate support services.
- Promote laws that provide for adequate public funding of community services.
- Support legislation that improves the working conditions for support workers.
- Promote person-centered planning through partnerships among the individual, family members, friends, professionals and other involved in the individual’s life.
- Promote living arrangements that empower individuals with Down syndrome and their families to have maximum choice and control in planning their lives.
- Encourage policies that provide incentives to work and remove disincentives (potential loss of benefits) that enable individuals to work and save without losing benefits from publicly financed programs.
- Promote policies that give parents opportunities to do long term planning for their children.
Improve Educational Opportunities for Children with Down Syndrome
- Promote inclusive, state of the art educational programs for children with disabilities from birth through exit from I.D.E.A. services
- Promote further placement of students with Down syndrome in inclusive educational settings consistent with the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the general population.
- Promote access and opportunities to ensure that parents have high quality information about state of the art educational practices
- Promote laws and regulations that make access to due process procedures meaningful.
- Ensure that students participate in the same curriculum as students without disabilities and measure progress with appropriate and objective measures.
- Promote strategies that improve the school environment for all children through school-wide positive behavior approaches.
- Promote policies that ban use of restraint, seclusion and aversive practices in schools.
Obtain a copy of the “No Restraint Letter” to include in your child’s IEP.