The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

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NDSS Government Affairs Committee (GAC) Program

GAC Overview

The aim of the NDSS Government Affairs Committee (GAC) program is to help Down syndrome support organizations, parents and self-advocates across states to join forces with NDSS to achieve positive systems change for individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities at state and local levels of government.

GACs work in collaboration with the NDSS to promote and pass state legislation and to influence the design of regulation and other policy. In recent years, many federal statutes have given an increasing amount of discretion to the states. In order to ensure that these statutes are implemented in the best interests of individuals with intellectual disabilities, these statewide Down syndrome coalitions are critical.

NDSS is focused on creating GACs united in their determination to work on key policy objectives across the lifespan of individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.

For More Information

For more information about GACs, please contact NDSS Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, Jawanda Mast, at  

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