The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
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NDSS Riggio Transition & Postsecondary Education Initiative

NDSS believes in the importance of transition and postsecondary opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities and has spearheaded a highly-successful ten year strategic initiative, made possible by generous support from the Riggio Family, to expand inclusive postsecondary education opportunities.

  1. About the NDSS Riggio Transition & Postsecondary Education Initiative

    Beginning over a decade ago, widespread and increasing interest from individuals with Down syndrome and their families in postsecondary opportunities focused NDSS on the need to create more of these postsecondary programs with consistent focus on academic enrichment, employment training and skill development, social integration in college life and independent living training.

  2. Postsecondary Education Systems Change Case Studies

    A major goal of the NDSS Riggio Transition and Postsecondary Education Initiative is to support the development of postsecondary options in a state with the coordinated support of state agencies, colleges and universities, and individuals with disabilities and their families. The following examples highlight successful system change efforts and provide a template for ensuring that broad-based stakeholder support is generated, collaboration is promoted, and a plan is put in place for sustained funding.

  3. 2012 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education

    NDSS sponsors an annual State of the Art Postsecondary Education Conference with George Mason University and other national organizations and federal agencies. This conference provides an opportunity for parents, students, researchers, college faculty, program staff, and representatives of schools and agencies to learn from one another and experts in the field and gain insight into how to develop and expand high-quality, inclusive postsecondary programs.

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • My Great Story
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors