2014 NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington
The NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington is an annual two-day advocacy conference that brings the Down syndrome community together to advocate for legislative priorities that impact the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families. Advocates meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to advance education, research and healthcare for people with Down syndrome.
The 2014 Buddy Walk® on Washington will be held on Feb. 26-27, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Registration for the 2014 Buddy Walk® on Washington is now open. Thank you to everyone who registered! We look forward to seeing you there.
Hotel & Location Information
The Buddy Walk® on Washington training session will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel located at 2800 S Potomac Ave Arlington, VA 22202.
NDSS has reserved a room block at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel for $149/night. You can reserve your room online or call 1-888-236-2427 - room block is under the National Down Syndrome Society.
Any questions, please email NDSS VP of Advocacy & Affiliate Relations Sara Weir at email@example.com.
Advocacy Training - feb. 26, 2014
Our NDSS advocacy training session is an opportunity to learn from NDSS about our key priorities for the 2014 Buddy Walk® on Washington. You will have the opportunity to hear presentations on the key “asks”, participate in role play sessions with your state delegations, and network with affiliates and advocates across the country. We strongly encourage all attendees participate in the advocacy training session from 3:00 -6:00 PM on Feb. 26.
Buddy Walk® on Washington schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 26, Hotel
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM - Registration
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Self-Advocates Speak Out - an exclusive event for all self-advocates hosted by NDSS Self-Advocate Advisory Board
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM - Buddy Walk® on Washington Advocacy Training
- NDSS Host Welcome Address
- Overview of 2014 Legislative Agenda & Asks
- Advocate Role Playing
- State Practice session
- Q&A session
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - NDSS Awards Dinner & Celebration
Thursday, Feb. 27, Capitol Hill
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Depart Hotel (via Metro) for Capitol Hill (NDSS will provide metro cards)
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM - NDSS Capitol Members of Congress Breakfast Reception
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Capitol Hill Visits (Meetings will be scheduled for each advocate)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM NDSS & DSAIA Joint Reception (Renaissance)
Scheduling Your Congressional Visits
This year, we are working with Soapbox Consulting to schedule your Congressional meetings for you. All participants will receive their final Congressional schedule during the advocacy training on Feb. 26. If you have any questions about your schedule, please contact NDSS VP of Advocacy & Affiliate Relations Sara Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buddy Walk® on Washington & Self-Advocates
Self-advocate participants of the Buddy Walk® on Washington are invited to join the NDSS Self-Advocate Advisory Board for a panel discussion and Q&A at 12:30 pm on Feb. 26 (before our advocacy training). The Board will share their expertise as seasoned self-advocates in this presentation for self-advocates by self-advocates. Please note, this event is for self-advocates only.
Each self-advocate should make a brief one-page bio (see template) to be left at all your congressional visits, so bring at least five copies with you. This is a great way to leave an impression - even on people you don’t meet in person! Bios should include a photo, contact information, a few sentences about yourself (where you work, go to school, interests), why you have come to the Buddy Walk® on Washington, how the ABLE Act will impact you and your family, and an ask to cosponsor.
For more information, please contact NDSS Director of Educational Programming Vanessa Quick at email@example.com.
Advocacy Training Webinars
NDSS facilitates several advocacy training webinars to help prepare you for your advocacy experience, what to expect on Capitol Hill, and discuss the 2014 key legislative priorities.
Webinar dates/times will be announced shortly.
Getting Around Washington
For more information, please contact NDSS VP of Advocacy & Affiliate Relations Sara Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org.