Self Advocates

About the National Down Syndrome Congress

If you have Down syndrome, you are a self advocate and this section of our site is for and about you!

Information here includes:

  • Details about our annual Youth & Adults Conference held by and for self advocates 15 years old and older as a part of the National Down Syndrome Congress convention.
  • How you can participate in our activities and become a leader in our organization.
  • If you do become involved, how you can use to make your life better, get a good job, be healthier and best, be happier.
This summer at our convention in Denver, we adopted a very important resolution that we want you to read and share.

Self Advocate Resolution

Self Advocate Resolution Video

Resolution Bookmarks

We take our role as advocates seriously and speak out when we find something which needs to be corrected. That is the case with the Emmy Awards a few years ago. A song entitled “Down Syndrome Girl” has been nominated for an award. Some people think it is funny. We find it insulting and offensive and have written to the president of the awards program to say so.

Read what we have said here.

Here you may even access a design for a National Down Syndrome Congress banner here. The banner, which you can have printed by sign shops in virtually all major cities, is two feet by three feet and features the NDSC logo and the symbol of the We’re More Alike Than Different awareness campaign.

Down load a high-resolution PDF of the banner here to have it printed.

Finally, when you get involved, you will make friends from all around the world and have the chance to see them every year at our Youth & Adult Conference.

There is a lot here , but we would love to have your ideas on things that could make it better. Please send your ideas by letter to

National Down Syndrome Congress
30 Mansell Court, Suite 108
Roswell, Georgia 30076

or by email to


Youth and Adult Conference

Be a Presenter

Run for the NDSC Board

Self Advocate Council

Self Advocate Opportunities