Advocacy and awareness are central to increasing opportunities for people with Down syndrome and dispelling misconceptions of Down syndrome. We invite parents, people with Down syndrome and community members to join our efforts.

New in 2017 is the Down Syndrome Advocacy Day at the North Carolina General Assembly. This event took place on World Down Syndrome Day, March 21st. Our community joined together to create awareness of Down syndrome and the issues that families face in North Carolina. It was such a success that it will be an annual event.  We hope to see you next year!

There are other ways to advocate as well, including letter writing, volunteering, and more. If you are interested in getting involved or want to share news of your advocacy efforts, we invite you to contact Donna Beckmann our Advocacy Director at donna@tdsn.org or 919-803-0515.

Current Advocacy Issues

To get information on the latest legislation and initiatives concerning Down syndrome, visit the public policy pages for National Down Syndrome CongressNational Down Syndrome Society and The Arc. For information on issues facing people with developmental disabilities in North Carolina, visit the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities or The Arc of NC.

Online Advocacy Training is available through Partners in Policymaking which educates participants to be partner with policy makers and develop positive relationships. The Down Syndrome community must work harder than ever to protect basic rights for people with disabilities by influencing public policy today.

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