The leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society
8 E 41st Street, 8th Floor
New York New York 10017
[email protected] 

Goodwill Ambassador: Chris Burke

Chris Burke is best known for his TV role as Corky Thacher on the hit ABC show "Life Goes On" and his recurring role as Taylor, an angel, on the hit CBS-TV show "Touched by an Angel." From a young age, Burke enjoyed watching TV and movies and desperately wanted to be on television. He was encouraged by his supportive family to follow his career objectives no matter how unconventional they seemed, especially for a young man with Down syndrome.

Chris works year-round at the National Down Syndrome Society, where he has been the Goodwill Ambassador since 1994 and is a valued member of the staff. As an actor, singer, writer, and dedicated self-advocate, Chris has received numerous awards from local and national organizations for his tireless and inspiring work on behalf of people with disabilities. He has starred in several NDSS public service announcements and inspires people around the world through speeches at schools, seminars and conferences. He spends the entire month of October, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, performing at Buddy Walk® events throughout the country and frequently tours with his band, The Chris Burke Band. To view his tour schedule, please visit

NDSS Resources

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors