October is one of our favorite months of the year! Join us in supporting the Down syndrome community during this special month.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

In the 1980s, NDSS worked to have October proclaimed “Down Syndrome Awareness Month,” or “DSAM,” and this designation continues today. It’s a month to raise awareness and celebrate the many abilities of our loved ones with Down syndrome. DSAM seeks to break down barriers and focus on promoting advocacy for people with Down syndrome. NDSS celebrates October in a different way each year and we invite you to get involved and spread the word. Use #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth to post on social media, and don’t forget to tag NDSS so we can share your post!

Use Tiltify to create a fundraiser for DSAM! Tiltify helps you to fundraise as an individual or with a group and there’s a streaming component! Livestream a dance party, cooking class, video game, DJ session or anything else you want to create. There are so many ways to celebrate and support so we are excited to see it all! Check out our Tiltify Toolkit to get started.

Create a fundraiser for NDSS on your personal Facebook page to celebrate DSAM. You’ll be surprised to see how many people will support you!

NDSS is running a Facebook Fundraiser for DSAM all of October. You can donate and/or share to help us meet our goal for the month.


Athletes of ALL levels welcome to join the NDSS DSAM Quest! Jump into either the October Run-Hike-Walk Quest or Cycle Quest. Let’s get moving this month to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome!

Support NDSS and purchase exclusive awareness swag from us!

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  Throughout the month we will recognize people with disabilities who are employed and raise awareness as to why employment should be an essential part of the lives of people with disabilities.