The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
8 E 41st Street, 8th Floor
New York New York 10017

Postsecondary Federal Initiatives & Landscape

NDSS believes in the importance of expanding transition and postsecondary opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. Increased levels of interest from individuals with Down syndrome across the country have reinforced the need and desire for these programs, and NDSS has assisted in the creation of many of the these postsecondary programs across the country.

  1. Overview of Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

    The NDSS work in the area of postsecondary education is supported through a generous grant received from Riggio family, and is driven by two key factors.

  2. Postsecondary Education Landscape

    Students with intellectual disabilities have made significant progress under current federal education law (i.e., Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly called No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)). Today, there are over 250 two and four-year colleges and universities including students with intellectual disabilities in educational, independent living, and vocational/career programs.

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors