The leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society
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New York New York 10017
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Buddy Walk® on Washington Advocacy Conference Overview

The 2018 NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11, at the Westin Arlington Gateway hotel in Arlington, Virginia, and on Capitol Hill. In addition, NDSS will hold the 2nd annual #DSWORKS® Employment Conference on April 9, 2018, the day before the Buddy Walk® on Washington, so that advocates may attend both events. 

During the NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington, participants receive advocacy training and meet with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to advance education, research and healthcare for people with Down syndrome. The experience is perfectly suited for self-advocates, family members, professionals, affiliate leaders and members and anyone else who wants to make a difference for people with Down syndrome. No previous advocacy experience is required! In 2017, the conference drew over 350 participants, including almost 100 self-advocates, from 38 states. At the Buddy Walk® on Washington, NDSS presents its annual Champion of Change Awards and the Ethan Saylor Memorial Scholarship.

For more information, please follow the links below:

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors