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NDSS DS-Ambassadors Head to DC for the ABLE Act Vote

It has taken eight years and we have finally reached the goal line with the ABLE Act. Each one of our NDSS DS-Ambassadors have played an integral role in the success of the ABLE Act and NDSS is beyond grateful for your support and advocacy efforts.

Seven NDSS DS-Ambassadors will be joining the NDSS staff on Capitol Hill for the ABLE vote in the House of Representatives this week. The ambassadors are:

NDSS DS-Ambassador Jawanda Mast (Olathe, KS) has been a tireless advocate for over fifteen years for her daughter Rachel and the Down syndrome community. She consistently engages her Members of Congress with calls, tweets and posts on Facebook with the importance of legislation, such as the ABLE Act, inclusion and acceptance for all people with Down syndrome. Jawanda’s efforts have made her one of the most known and valued advocates on Capitol Hill.

NDSS DS-Ambassador Kelly Kulzer-Reyes (Bakersfield, CA) is an incredible advocate in California. Over last month, without thinking twice, Kelly stepped up to the plate by giving bilingual interviews in her community that resulted in a personal phone call from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and helped bring the ABLE Act one step closer to a vote.  

NDSS DS-Ambassador Brad Pitzele (Thousand Oaks, CA), Dad to five-year-old Brianna, is an effective advocate for people with Down syndrome.  Through the creation of an ABLE Act petition, social media campaigns, and Member outreach, Brad has helped secure both Senator co-sponsorships and 34 Representatives as co-sponsors from the California Congressional Delegation.  

NDSS DS-Ambassador Sherri Harnisch (Elkhorn, NE) is the Board President of Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands and is an active champion for people with Down syndrome. Through her inspiring Youtube videos and photos of her daughter Macy, Sherri has helped create a buzz for the passage of the ABLE Act. 

NDSS DS-Ambassador Joe Meares (Indianapolis, IN) has been advocating for over seventeen years. Joe is the former President of Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA) and founder of Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.) a national network of fathers assisting and advocating for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

NDSS DS-Ambassador Debbie Revels (Jacksonville, FL) is the Executive Director of Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (DSAJ) and the mother of a teenage son, Nick, who happens to have Down syndrome.  Through her advocacy efforts on behalf of Nick, Debbie has developed a strong relationship with Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) who is the lead sponsor in the House on the ABLE Act. 

NDSS Board Member and self-advocate Sara Wolff (Moscow, PA) is an independent, hardworking and dedicated advocate for the Down syndrome and disability community. Earlier this year, Sara authored a petition, which now has over 265,000 signatures and testified before the Senate Finance Committee calling on Congress to pass the ABLE Act. Sara is one of the most vociferous voices of the ABLE Act.

On behalf of our entire NDSS team and family, we want to thank you for your dedicated advocacy and commitment to helping us #passtheABLEact.

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