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National Down Syndrome Society Unveils New Mission



WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 12, 2017) -  The National Down Syndrome Society is proud to announce the organization’s new mission statement: the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. The renewed mission was unveiled today during a LIVE Facebook event on Capitol Hill. 

“The truth is, NDSS has been a human rights organization for a long time,” said President Sara Hart Weir. "We are redefining our presence to make our community bigger and stronger, paving a clear path forward so that people understand that individuals with Down syndrome have their own hopes, dreams and aspirations – and what's needed is a systemic change to allow this to happen."

The new mission of NDSS, under the direction of the organization’s new three-year strategic plan, will focus on achieving the new NDSS mission and vision for the Down syndrome community. Under the new mission, the organization will work to expand NDSS’ existing footprint across the entire Down syndrome community – all individuals with Down syndrome and their families, and ensure the long-term sustainability of NDSS for decades to come while increasing its organizational capacity to continue to provide our state-of-the-art, comprehensive and critical NDSS programs and services to the Down syndrome community is also a paramount goal of this mission.

“We are working to create a world in which all people with Down syndrome deserve the same the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities,” said NDSS Chairman and retired USN Capt. Robert Taishoff. 

NDSS already provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive programming to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Today, our four main areas of programming include the National Advocacy & Policy Center, the National Buddy Walk® Program, Community Outreach and Resources and Public Awareness. The new mission will work to enhance and further the impact of these programs.

Founded in 1979, NDSS is the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to advocating for all individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

“We invite everyone to be part of this movement,” Weir commented. “It’s a movement which will redefine what having Down syndrome means for decades to come.” 

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