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National Legislative Platform

Each year, the MDSC sends a delegation of advocates to Washington D.C. to lobby for progressive disability public policy at the NDSS Buddy Walk on Washington. MDSC representatives from our community fan out across Capitol Hill to personally meet with the Bay State's eleven congressional leaders and advocate for key policies to enhance the lives of people with Down syndrome.

During the two-day event, our team of advocates sends a strong message of advocacy from the Down syndrome community about important national policy priorities. We are tasked with establishing and building relationships with policy makers, connecting with other Down syndrome advocates from around the country, and educating elected officials about the strengths and needs of their constituents with Down syndrome.

If you are interested in joining our Buddy Walk on Washington in April or would like to join our statewide advocacy efforts, we welcome your participation regardless of your past experience. Click here to learn more about the Buddy Walk, or contact us at timetospeakout@mdsc.org.

Elizabeth WarrenMDSC Advocates at the 2014 Buddy Walk on Washington

The MDSC adopts its federal legislative platform from its national partner, the National Down Syndrome Society. Shaped by self-advocates, families, affiliate leaders and others, the NDSS/MDSC legislative priorities span the life experience of individuals with Down syndrome from birth through adulthood and range in issues from healthcare to asset development.

The current NDSS legislative agenda emphasizes the rights and opportunities of people with Down syndrome in five important public policy arenas: health care and research, education, economic self-sufficiency, community integration, and employment. To learn more about the NDSS’s five-part legislative agenda, click here.