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

National Down Syndrome Society
8 E 41st Street, 8th Floor
New York New York 10017
[email protected] 


Featured ImageNDSS advocates for education laws and policies that uphold the rights of individuals with Down syndrome to receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive setting, promote principles and practices designed to improve educational outcomes for students with Down syndrome, protect the safety and dignity of students with Down syndrome and support the development of high quality postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

  1. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015

    On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that now replaces the widely criticized No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. NDSS is optimistic that this new bipartisan education law will increase accountability to students with disabilities and maintain high standards for all students.

  2. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a critical piece of civil rights legislation that details the rights of a child with a disability to a “free, appropriate, public education” (FAPE) in the “least restrictive environment” (LRE) and provides a mechanism for due process if a violation of these rights has taken place.

  3. Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

    NDSS promotes the incorporation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into federal and state policy and legislation in order to raise expectations and improve educational outcomes for students with Down syndrome.

  4. Postsecondary Education

    A major goal of the NDSS is to support the development of postsecondary education options for individuals with disabilities.

  5. Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

    The harmful use of restraint and seclusion is a pervasive problem in our nation’s schools. NDSS is a member of the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS), a national coalition advocating for federal legislation to protect children from these dangerous techniques, a cultural shift toward preventive, positive intervention strategies and training for teachers on positive interventions.

  6. School Choice

    This webpage offers resources related to school choice, vouchers and charter schools.

  7. Other Legislation

    NDSS advocates for laws and policies that would improve and expand educational opportunities for people with Down syndrome.

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