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
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Frequently Asked Questions

When will the 2016 O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund applications be available?  

Applications for the 2017 O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund will be released on January 3, 2017.  View the 2017 application here. Contact 800-221-4602 or [email protected] with any questions.   

When is the deadline for applications?

The 2017 O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund application will be due on March 15, 2017.

Do I have to to have been accepted into a program or class to apply for the grant?

No, NDSS encourages you to apply for the enrichment fund if you are just thinking about applying for a postsecondary program or considering taking courses.  Even if you have not decided whether you will actually take a course, or if you have not been accepted into the program you want, you can still apply for a grant from the O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund.  We cannot accept applications past the deadline, so if you are even just considering college or an enrichment course, please apply.  It’s always better to be prepared!  

If I don't have Down syndrome but I have autism or another developmental or intellectual disability, can I apply for this grant?

No, currently this grant is only available to individuals with Down syndrome.

Who can I ask to write a letter of recommendation for me?

A few examples of people you can ask are teachers, employers, co-workers or religious leaders.  

What do I need to include in my application package?

You need to include the following: General Information Form; Questions About Me; at least one picture of you; Something To Help Us Get to Know You Better; One Page Essay; Parent/Guardian Information; two Letters of Recommendation.  All of these materials must be included for your application to be reviewed.  If any of these sections are missing, we will be unable to consider your application.  

What do you mean when you ask for me to submit “Something To Help Us Get to Know You Better”?

We would like you to submit an item that will give us some more information about you. We are asking for you to submit an item, such as an essay, painting, drawing, poem, performance, song or video that helps us learn more about you.  Be creative!  If you send us something electronic such as a video clip or audio file, please be sure it is under 3 minutes in length.  If you send a DVD or other electronic files with this material, please be sure that it is able to be downloaded to share with the committee.  Whatever you send will not be returned, so please make sure you are okay with that before you send us anything.

Will the item I submit to help reviewers get to know me better be returned?

No.  All submissions become property of NDSS and will not be returned.  Please do not submit items that you will want back.

Can I still apply if I am in high school?

Yes, you can apply for this grant if you are still in high school, as long as you are over 18 years of age.

If I am awarded the grant, how will I receive the grant money?

With proper documentation, NDSS can either send the money to your school or can reimburse you for tuition or other school costs that you paid.  You must submit receipts for the tuition, books, materials or other that you would like to be paid by NDSS or reimbursed for.  More information about getting the grant money will be sent to you if you are awarded the grant.   

Will this grant be awarded again next year?       

Yes!  The O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund will award grants on a yearly basis. 

If I do not receive the grant this year, can I apply next year?

Yes, individuals who apply for the grant and are not chosen are eligible to apply again.

If I received the grant before, can I reapply?

Students who received the grant are not eligible to apply again.  

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