About NDSC

Mission and History

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to an improved world for individuals with Down syndrome. Founded in 1973, we are the leading national resource of support and information for anyone touched by or seeking to learn about Down syndrome, from the moment of diagnosis, whether prenatal or at birth, through adulthood.

Our Mission, Purpose, and Vision

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

NDSC exists with the purpose to promote the interests of people with Down syndrome, to educate through awareness, to advocate and ensure their rights are recognized and protected, to empower,  and to inspire and reshape the way people understand and experience Down syndrome.

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


NDSC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

National Down Syndrome Congress is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion where everyone is respected and valued.  We embrace and encourage differences in age, race, ethnicity, national origin, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, physical and cognitive ability, education level, political affiliation, religion, socio-economic status, and veteran status among our members, board members, volunteers, and staff.

As an organization that supports the inclusion of everyone, we are committed to modeling diversity, equity, inclusion, and fair and equal treatment for all. We are committed to being nondiscriminatory, providing equal volunteer, leadership, and employment opportunities. We respect the value that diverse life experiences bring to our organization and welcome open communication to ensure that all views are represented, understanding that each has value.