NDSC News

NDSC E-News ~ April 2019

NDSC’s Mission Moment

with Executive Director David Tolleson 

Spring has sprung, which means we’re entering the homestretch leading to this year’s NDSC Annual Convention in family-friendly Pittsburgh!  For those of you who have attended before, you know that there’s nothing quite like the NDSC Convention. Nowhere else in the world can you access as many world-class speakers and as much information in person as you can at the NDSC Convention.  Included in your registration are additional free learning opportunities that you can only access this one weekend of the year: the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Research and Medical Roundtable; the LuMInd IDSC Foundation Research Rally; the NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp; the Film Festival; Exhibit Hall; and, this year’s inaugural College Fair.

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NDSC E-News ~ March 2019

NDSC’s Mission Moment

with Executive Director David Tolleson 

At the NDSC, serving you and your family is our mission and our privilege.  Since my last “Mission Moment”, we have delivered a Spanish-language workshop for adult siblings in McAllen, Texas; an Educators Conference in Nashville, Tennessee; two free webinars – one on transition by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Alyssa Siegel, MD, and another hosted by NDSC staff designed to help prepare attendees for the upcoming registration; and, we attended the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Conference in St. Louis, where NDSC Policy Director Heather Sachs provided a policy crash course and where we shared free information and materials with affiliate leaders. This weekend, we’re bringing our latest Down Syndrome Summit to Fort Wayne, Indiana, covering topics including inclusion, advocacy, behavior, health & medical, adult sibling issues, and special needs law.

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NDSC E-News ~ February 2019

NDSC’s Mission Moment

with Executive Director David Tolleson 

Happy February!

Your NDSC Board and Staff recently returned from a very productive few days of meetings in this year’s Convention host city of Pittsburgh. Although it was a bit snowy during our visit, it’s easy to see why your family will fall in love with this beautiful destination come June.  Pittsburgh has a spectacular natural setting its compact and easily walkable downtown district lies between the city’s famous three rivers, all ringed by mountains. There are wonderful museums (I even got to see Mr. Rogers’ famous cardigan sweater), attractions, and more restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Of course, within a short drive, there’s even more to see, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater.

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NDSC E-News ~ January 2019

NDSC’s Mission Moment – Reflecting on 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

with Executive Director David Tolleson 

Happy New Year!

This year is off to a great start, as NDSC recently received a grant of $500,000 over three years to expand our ongoing work in rural, tribal, and urban outreach, and to take our renowned Educators Conference on the road.  We are so grateful for this wonderful gift and appreciate that the private benefactor recognizes the transformative nature of NDSC’s educational programs for parents and professionals. For nearly five decades, NDSC has been the Down syndrome community’s leading information and advocacy resource–one particularly recognized for its caring, family-oriented approach.

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NDSC E-News ~ December 2018

NDSC’s Mission Moment –Reflecting on 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

with Executive Director David Tolleson 

I love December!  The food, the festivities, the family, and the friends – it’s such a great time of year!  It’s also a good time to look back on the year that’s drawing to a close and to think ahead to the new one just around the corner.In 2018, your NDSC team focused on expanding service delivery on multiple fronts.  This year’s NDSC Convention – already the largest of its type in the world – hit a new attendance record.  It is both our joy and privilege to host the Down syndrome community’s largest annual family reunion, and we take that responsibility seriously. Knowing that not everyone can attend the Convention, we’ve begun taking our programs on the road, hosting successful Rural Outreach conferences in California and Michigan.  We also made our resource-rich website mobile-ready, so everyone can access its wealth of information easily.
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NDSC E-News ~ November 2018

NDSC’s Mission Moment – November is the Time to Give Thanks

with Executive Director David Tolleson

As Thanksgiving 2018 approaches, I find myself reflecting on the past year and the people that I am thankful for in my role as the NDSC’s Executive Director.I am thankful for those who have committed themselves to advancing our mission to provide information, advocacy, and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.  We are truly blessed to have such a large network of people focused on executing our vision of a world with equal rights and opportunities for people with Down syndrome.
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Fall Into October With NDSC!

Be a #SocialButterfly On Facebook & More

Support NDSC in October, and Win Fabulous Prizes, Including a Chance to Receive a Scholarship for the 2019 NDSC Convention in Pittsburgh, PA (with 3 Nights Free Hotel!)

Getting involved and helping us raise awareness and funds has never been easier!  With October being Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we are simply asking all of you to give us one week out of the year to be a steward for the NDSC.

Here’s how you can make a difference and win prizes!

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NDSC Development Newsletter ~ March 2018

NDSC E-News ~ February 2018