DS-Ambassadors are volunteer advocates of all abilities committed to taking part in the democratic process and serving as liaisons between NDSS and their Congressional Delegations. The overarching goal of the DS-Ambassador program is to build long-lasting relationships with US Senators and US Representatives to continually raise awareness, educate and advocate for public policy solutions that benefit the Down syndrome community at the federal level.
The following are the key objectives of the DS-Ambassador program:
- Strengthen and organize the Down syndrome community’s grassroots advocacy network across the US
- Be more effective on Capitol Hill by building relationships in Washington, DC with Members of Congress and staff
- Engage more affiliates and advocates to provide valued input and feedback to NDSS on our advocacy efforts, programs, and key initiatives
- Encourage more advocates to become active in supporting legislative efforts that are beneficial to the Down syndrome community
- Grow the DS-Ambassador program to 435 DS-Ambassadors – one for each Senator and Representative – by 2016
DS-Ambassadors’ efforts are crucial to the success of NDSS. Each month, DS-Ambassadors are asked to work with NDSS on special assignments to advance the organization’s advocacy efforts and to share their story with important elected officials.
Learn more about what motivates some of our DS-Ambassadors with the DS-Ambassador Pinterest board.
NDSS created a DS-Ambassador Contract to clarify the responsibilities of DS-Ambassadors and the support that they can expect from NDSS. Click here to view the contract. To complete the contract online, click here.
How Do You Get Involved?
Please contact Jawanda Mast, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DS-Ambassador Business Calls
NDSS holds quarterly business phone calls to provide legislative and program updates. Click below to review the slides only or the full recording of past business calls.
August 2015: Slides / Full recording of business call