The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
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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 how to get involved. This section includes an introduction to advocacy, information about NDSS Advocacy Alerts, a glossary of advocacy terms and ideas for incorporating advocacy into your local Buddy Walk®.

  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 healthcare and research, education, economic self-sufficiency and employment and integration into the community.

  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 TermsNDSS created a Glossary of Terms to help advocates make sense of the complex terms and jargon used in the policy world.

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors