State-Level Advocacy In addition to advocating at the federal level, NDSS assists Down syndrome support organizations, parents and self-advocates across states to achieve positive systems change for individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities at state and local levels of government. This includes promoting and passing state legislation and working to influence the design of regulation and other policy. In recent years, many federal statutes have given an increasing amount of discretion to the states. In order to ensure that these statutes are implemented in the best interests of individuals with intellectual disabilities, advocacy work at the state level is critical. Statewide Down Syndrome Coalitions Websites California Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition Maryland Massachusetts Ohio Facebook Groups Indiana Advocacy Group Down Syndrome Parents of Iowa Advocacy Group Michigan Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition New Jersey Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition Down Syndrome and Special Education in the State of Ohio Down Syndrome Policy Network of Tennessee Texas Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition Virginia Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition Other North Carolina – Down Syndrome Advocacy Day at the Statehouse Wisconsin (in progress) For More Information For more information, please contact [email protected].