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Buddy Walk® on Washington Advocacy Conference and 2018 NDSS Adult Summit Overview

The 2018 NDSS Annual Buddy Walk® on Washington is an annual two-day advocacy conference that brings the Down syndrome community together to advocate for legislative priorities that directly impact the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families. During the first day of the conference, advocates receive training. They head to Capitol Hill on the second day to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss legislative issues that would advance education, research and health care opportunities for people with Down syndrome. 

The 2018 Annual Buddy Walk® on Washington will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11, 2018 at the Westin Arlington Gateway hotel in Arlington, Virginia and on Capitol Hill. The advocacy training on April 10 will provide an opportunity to learn from NDSS about our key priorities for the 2018 Annual Buddy Walk® on Washington. You will hear presentations on the key “asks,” meet your state delegations and network with affiliates and advocates from across the country. Attendance is encouraged for the advocacy training, beginning with advocacy at the state level in the morning and continuing with advocacy at the federal level in the afternoon. 

For more details about the 2018 Annual Buddy Walk® on Washington, please visit our page with answers to frequently asked questions and see pictures from the 2017 Annual Buddy Walk® on Washington.

In addition to our annual advocacy conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11, 2018, NDSS is excited to announce its new (and annual)  NDSS Down Syndrome Adult Summit, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 9 and 10, 2018 leading up to our 2018 Annual Buddy Walk® on Washington.  

Our 2018 NDSS Down Syndrome Adult Summit is a conference hosted by NDSS and its Self-Advocate Advisory Board (SAAB) in collaboration with the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (the “NTG”) and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) to discuss important and critical topics for all adults with Down syndrome. Speakers and topics will align with NDSS’ robust and comprehensive programs and pillars, including healthcare and research, inclusive education, community integration, economic self-sufficiency as well as employment and our NDSS #DSWORKS® Campaign. Aging-related changes and health issues, including Alzheimer’s disease, will also be covered.

As the life expectancy for individuals with Down syndrome continues to increase, NDSS is committed to ensuring our adults with Down syndrome, their families, caregivers and other key stakeholders have the best, most accurate information from adolescence through adulthood. In 2019, NDSS will begin taking its Annual Down Syndrome Adult Summit on the road, partnering with the Down syndrome affiliate network to host the Summit in all areas of the United States.


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