FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: TAMARA PURSLEY
NATIONAL DOWN SYNDROME CONGRESS CALLS FOR CIVILITY
Atlanta, Georgia (June 30, 2017) Every day the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), self-advocates, their friends and their families have to challenge misperceptions about the abilities and potential of individuals with Down syndrome. This is why we all have to speak out when anyone, but especially those who are public figures, use terms like “retarded” and “low IQ” as insults.
This language perpetuates the myth that individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental and intellectual disabilities are less valuable members of their communities and our nation. The danger of devaluing individuals in this way is apparent in the health care debate. The health care bill currently being considered would have a devastating impact on the opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome to get needed healthcare, employment, independent living and educational services and reflects a lack of understanding about what they can achieve with the right supports in place. There have been many calls for civility during these challenging times. We add our voice to this chorus and request respect and civility towards individuals with disabilities.
About the National Down Syndrome Congress
Founded in 1972, 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. Well known for its annual convention – the largest of its type in the world – the National Down Syndrome Congress is a grassroots organization recognized for its “family” feel, its “We’re More Alike than Different” public awareness campaign, and, its outreach to individuals from diverse backgrounds. 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.