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2014 Registration & Hotel Information

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, D.C. in conjunction with the Buddy Walk® Conference , for Buddy Walk Organizers (Feb. 25-26) and the Down Syndrome Affiliates In Action Leadership Conference (February 28-March 2.) 


Registration for the 2014 Buddy Walk® on Washington is closed. Thank you to everyone who registered! We look forward to seeing you there. If you are still interested in attending please email NDSS Manager, Grassroots and Development Programming, Ginny Sessions, at

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. 

The NDSS hotel room block reservation is now closed.

Any questions, please email NDSS Manager, Grassroots and Development Programming, Ginny Sessions, at

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. 26th: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Advocate Registration (Renaissance Hotel 2nd Floor/Registration Desk)

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Self-Advocates Speak Out Luncheon- an exclusive event for all self-advocates hosted by NDSS Self-Advocate Advisory Board (SAAB) (Salon F)

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM - Buddy Walk® on Washington Advocacy Training (Salon 4)

  • NDSS Host Welcome Address
  • Overview of 2014 Legislative Agenda & Asks
  • Soapbox/Hill Meeting Schedules Provided
  • Q&A session

6:00 – 9:30 PM - NDSS Awards Dinner & Celebration (Renaissance Hotel 2nd Floor Foyer/Salon 4)

Thursday, Feb. 27th: Capitol Hill

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM Depart Hotel (via Metro) for Capitol Hill (NDSS will provide metro cards)

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM - NDSS Champion of Change Congressional Breakfast Reception (Gold Room/2168 Rayburn House Office Building)

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Capitol Hill Visits (Meetings will be scheduled for each advocate)

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM NDSS & DSAIA Joint Reception (Renaissance Hotel 2nd Floor Foyer)                                    

 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 Manager, Grassroots and Development Programming Ginny Sessions at .

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

Advocacy Training Webinars

NDSS has facilitated two advocacy training webinars to help prepare you for your advocacy experience, what to expect on Capitol Hill, and to discuss the 2014 key legislative priorities. Download the recorded Buddy Walk on Washington 101 –Everything You Need to Know training from January 28th, 2014 and register for our Buddy Walk on Washington 201- Ins & Outs of the NDSS 2014 Legislative Agenda/Asks through the links below: 

Buddy Walk® on Washington 101 – Everything You Need to Know

January 28th at 1:00 PM Eastern

Webinar Slides

Buddy Walk® on Washington 201 – Ins & Outs of the NDSS 2014 Legislative Agenda/Asks

February 13th at 3:30 PM Eastern

Webinar Slides

Getting Around Washington

For more information, please contact NDSS VP of Advocacy & Affiliate Relations Sara Weir at

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