Down Syndrome Advocacy Day at the State House
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REGISTER - Annual Advocacy Day at State House May 9th
4th Annual Advocacy Day at the State House
On May 9, 2017, we are thrilled to hold our 4th Annual Advocacy Day at the Grand Staircase of the State House! Join FOX25 Anchor Heather Hegedus and other dignitaries. We will also honor a legislator as our Legislative Champion of the Year.
Having made statewide advocacy a hallmark in recent years, the MDSC has quickly established itself as a leader in disability policy. Already, we have helped move a number of pieces of legislation that are changing lives for the better- the Down Syndrome Information Act, Real Lives Bill, National Background Check Bill, and the most recently passed Organ Transplant Bill.
With the help of our Government Affairs Committee, we have reviewed the full range of disability-related bills filed at the State House and selected our legislative platform for improving the lives of our loved ones with Down syndrome.
In 2017, our top priority bill will be An Act Creating Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and other Developmental Disabilities (HD456, sponsored by Rep. Haddad, Rep Garballey in the House; SD931, sponsored by Sen. L'Italien in the Senate).
After the formal ceremonies, advocates will fan out throughout the building to meet with their legislators to tell their personal stories and lobby for Down syndrome priorities.
Connecting with legislators, and sharing our personal stories and challenges has been a major reason for our string of legislative successes. And one of the most effective vehicles for doing this has been through our annual Down Syndrome Advocacy Day at the State House.
"Without your active participation and advocacy, the MDSC would never have been as successful as we have been," says MDSC Executive Director Maureen Gallagher. "With your help, the MDSC has become a strong voice for individuals with Down syndrome and their families."
Please join us and consider bringing any loved ones with Down syndrome, including children. Our Down Syndrome Advocacy Day not only provides a real world civics lesson, but for a few hours' effort can result in real change for people with Down syndrome.