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Public Policy

The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress is a national leader in the disability policy arena. Through partnerships with legislators, their constituents and other disability organizations, we work to advance legislation and other policies that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.

Public Policy

The MDSC has established itself in recent years as a major player in state disability policy, leading the charge or lending a critical hand to pass key legislation - the Prenatal Testing Bill, Real Lives Bill and National Background Check Bill.  

Our Advocacy Day, established in 2014, has been central to bringing our priority bills to the attention of State House leaders and garnering their support. Save the date for our 3rd Annual Advocacy Day on May 18, where we will raise awareness with your legislators about our two new priority bills as well as critical funding needs.

On the federa level, the MDSC was a leader, securing the support of the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation for the landmark ABLE Act, which passed in 2014, and allows families to save for their loved ones with disabilities without being punished. 

Government Affairs Committee
The primary vehicle for the MDSC’s public policy initiatives is our Government Affairs Committee. With broad statewide representation, the Committee’s primary objective is to mobilize the MDSC membership to advocate on behalf of the entire Down syndrome community.

The Committee does this by providing the following: outreach to members, training opportunities, the chance to testify at public hearings, and templates to use in advocacy efforts. The Committee also develops its own testimony, recruits members for public rallies, vigils, etc., and organizes and participates in meetings with policy makers both in the Legislature and the Administration.

The GA Committee appreciates your feedback, and is often looking for new members. Contact us at timetospeakout@mdsc.org.