The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
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New York New York 10017

Advocacy 101

Featured ImageAs the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, NDSS wants to ensure that advocates across the country understand what advocacy is and to get involved. This section includes background information you need to be an effective advocate.

  1. What is Advocacy?

    What is Advocacy?Advocacy involves actions taken by concerned citizens to demonstrate their support for an issue. In the case of Down syndrome advocacy, these issues are usually related to education, healthcare, research, employment, and transition.

  2. Advocacy Alerts

    Advocacy AlertsThrough advocacy alert emails, NDSS will let you know what you can do and when to support important Down syndrome legislative activities. A quick phone call or submitting a form email is usually all it takes to affect positive changes for people with Down syndrome!

  3. Bill Tracking

    Bill is a valuable tool for advocates interested in federal legislation.

  4. Advocacy Resources for Your Buddy Walk®

    Advocacy Resources for Your Buddy Walk®The Buddy Walk® provides a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and engage participants in advocacy efforts. NDSS offers a number of resources to help incorporate advocacy into your Buddy Walk®.

  5. Glossary of Terms

    Glossary of TermsDo you ever come across unfamiliar terms or acronyms in your advocacy work? The policy world is filled with complex terms and jargon that can be confusing to all advocates, which is why NDSS created a tool to help advocates decipher these terms and acronyms.

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors