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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Our Mission

The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

Our Vision

The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.

Our Programs

NDSS supports and advocates for the Down syndrome community by focusing on three key areas of programming: Resources & Support, Policy & Advocacy, and Community Engagement. Within these focus areas, NDSS engages in various activities, events, and programs. Among these are the National Advocacy & Public Policy Center; resources to support individuals with Down syndrome, their families and caregivers through the lifespan; education and employment; as well as community events like the National Buddy Walk® Program and New York City Buddy Walk®, the annual NDSS Gala & Auction, Racing for 3.21 for World Down Syndrome Day, Run for 3.21 and various Team NDSS charity racing events across the country.

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!

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