The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
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Legislative Agenda

Featured ImageThe NDSS legislative agenda spans the life experience of individuals with Down syndrome from birth through adulthood and range in issue from healthcare to asset development. These priorities have been shaped by self-advocates, families, affiliate leaders and others under the direction of the NDSS Board of Directors.

  1. Improving Health Outcomes & Quality of Life for People with Down Syndrome

    Improving Health Outcomes & Quality of Life for People with Down SyndromeWhen it comes to improving the health and quality of life for people with Down syndrome, there are two important aspects that NDSS strives to address legislatively, creating and maximizing research opportunities for Down syndrome, and improving the quality of healthcare provided to people with Down syndrome.

  2. Improving Education Opportunities for People with Down Syndrome

    Improving Education Opportunities for People with Down SyndromeThe first years of life are an important time in a child’s development. All young children go through the most rapid and developmentally significant changes from birth to age five. Children with Down syndrome typically face delays in certain areas of development, so quality early intervention (beginning any time after birth) and pre-school experiences are critical to the development of children with Down syndrome.

  3. Increasing Opportunities for Adults with Down Syndrome

    Increasing Opportunities for Adults with Down SyndromeNDSS recognizes that after high school, and even postsecondary education, the opportunities for adults with Down syndrome are limited. NDSS has always focused on creating opportunities for adults with Down syndrome through federal legislation, programs, and other key initiatives.

  4. Creating an Economic Future for Individuals with Down Syndrome

    Creating an Economic Future for Individuals with Down SyndromePeople with Down syndrome face several challenges that prevent them for gaining access to meaningful employment opportunities, economic and financial planning, and independent living. As people with Down syndrome are living longer, it’s important for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to have access to meaningful employment, financial freedom, and a living environment of their choosing.

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