Since our founding nearly 50 years ago, the NDSC has fought for inclusion and promoted easier access to needed services. In that spirit, our Board recently decided that we will no longer charge for membership. It’s important to us that no one feels excluded from our family because they can’t afford the annual membership fee. Supporting that decision is the fact that the NDSC Annual Convention has truly become a gathering place for the world Down syndrome community – an opportunity for our fellow organizations and the families and professionals we all support to come together. The more we can do to remove barriers to participation, the more it helps our community. After all, we’re better all together!
Election Season is Upon Us: Stay Informed – Stay Engaged
As a 501(c)(3) organization, NDSC does not endorse nor recommend any candidates in any political race. Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign or endorsing any candidate for elective public office. Our job is to encourage everyone to stay informed and participate in the political process, particularly as it relates to issues impacting the disability community. Below are a few resources that you can reference to learn about policy issues as they pertain to disabilities and engage with other disability community advocates.
As 2019 comes to a close and we welcome in a new decade, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in policy and recognition of its importance. Laws that are passed or regulations that are modified or repealed, on the national and state level, will have an impact on our loved ones with Down syndrome and their families for many years to come.
This year is rapidly winding down. Are you someone who makes New Year’s resolutions? If so, please put participation in the 2020 Census near the top of your list. Why?
1. Not being counted could hurt your family member with Down syndrome. The census is used to determine funding for supports for people with disabilities, as well as how those funds are distributed to your state and community. Historically, people with disabilities have been under counted, meaning less money for the programs their family member need – or will need – to live and work in the community.
Please Give A Little Something Extra to the
NDSC for the New Year
As we step into the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, and we prepare for the New Year, the National Down Syndrome Congress is hoping for “A little something extra” from you, our generous donors, for 2020!
NDSC Hosts Policy Event in Washington, D.C. in Collaboration with American University Law School
On Monday, November 4, 2019, the NDSC Policy Team; comprised of Heather Sachs, Ricki Sabia, Stephanie Smith Lee, and Lauren Camp Gates in collaboration with American University Washington College of Law, hosted an event entitled “It’s Never Too Early to Prepare: A Discussion of Pathways to Workforce Readiness and Employment.” During this event, attended by nearly 100 people, there were two panel discussions about the laws and policies that successfully prepare students for the transition to competitive integrated employment from early school age through adulthood.
I do love autumn. The changing of the leaves, the crisp sunny days, football games, and the beginning of the holiday season with the choirs and carols, food, lights, and decorations. Those once a year television specials and memories of holidays past with loved ones, some still here and some who have moved on.
Unfortunately, it always seems that we rush through fall to get to December (or at least the retailers’ rush to get us there), and sometimes Thanksgiving gets short shrift. It’s not nearly as flashy as other holidays. It’s quiet and reflective. However, I think that now – perhaps more than ever – it’s wise to stop and think about what we’re thankful for.
Let’s Pass the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act!
October is not only Down Syndrome Awareness Month; it is alsoNational Disability Employment Awareness Month. Let’s cap off the month by calling members of Congress to ask them to support real work for real pay for people for disabilities. NDSC is participating in a National Call-In Day on October 30, and we need your help. We need to build more support for this bill and are asking you to send emails and make phone calls to get more cosponsors for the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act (TCEA)
NDSC has been linked to Down Syndrome Awareness Month literally since the day it was established. In 1984, when President Reagan signed the proclamation creating Down Syndrome Awareness Month, NDSC’s Executive Director and President were in the Oval Office. Both before and since, NDSC has worked to educate the general public, healthcare professionals, educators, and elected officials about what it really means to have Down syndrome in contemporary America.