FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT DAVID TOLLESON
September 7, 2017, Atlanta, GA – The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is pleased to announce that Heather Berner Sachs, J.D. has joined the organization to lead the Policy Team. “We are delighted to have Heather join our team as NDSC’s Policy & Advocacy Director,” said NDSC Executive Director, David Tolleson, adding, “She joins esteemed colleagues that she has collaborated with for nearly a decade”.
A member of the NDSC Public Policy Advisory Council, Ms. Sachs also serves as the Senior ABLE Advisor for the ABLE National Resource Center (www.ABLEnrc.org), a collaborative that brings together some of the most influential disability organizations, state ABLE programs and other stakeholders to provide accurate and reliable information about ABLE accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. Prior to that she served as Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy for the National Down Syndrome Society and on the board of the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County in Maryland.
As a parent to a child with Down syndrome, Ms. Sachs brings a hands-on perspective to a position that involves knocking down barriers, creating new possibilities, and making sure people with Down syndrome have the same access to opportunities as everyone else. “I am honored to join NDSC, an organization that fights for the rights of, and truly supports, people with Down syndrome and their families,” remarked Sachs.
Other members of the NDSC Policy Team include Senior Policy Advisor, Stephanie Smith Lee, whose experience with post-secondary education is unmatched; Senior Education Policy Advisor, Ricki Sabia, who tirelessly works to improve legislation for K-12 students (including ESSA at both the national and state levels); and, Senior Policy Advisor, Susan Goodman, whose efforts have greatly impacted the self-determination movement for individuals with disabilities to live independently. Goodman has led the policy and advocacy efforts of NDSC for over 16 years and will retire at the end of 2017. She will stay involved as a founding member of NDSC’s Public Policy Advisory Council.
“From the grassroots to the upper echelon of policymakers, our Policy Team is focused on helping to influence legislation that affects people with Down syndrome and their families,” noted Tolleson. “We will continue to collaborate with all disability organizations, as we are all better together.”
About the National Down Syndrome Congress
Founded in 1973, the National Down Syndrome Congress is the country’s oldest organization for people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them. A 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization, the NDSC provides support and information about issues related to Down syndrome throughout the lifespan, as well as on matters of public policy relating to disability rights. The National Down Syndrome Congress is committed to creating a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. For more information about the NDSC, please visit our website at www.ndsccenter.org.