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Self-Advocate Advisory Council

Important Links and Documents

2017-2018 SAAC Flyer
 2016-2017 SAAC Event Registration

Self Advocate Advisory Council Members at a monthly meeting

The Self-Advocate Advisory Council (SAAC) is made up of 16 adults who play an active leadership role in our organization by:

  • Advising the MDSC on issues that are important to adults with Down syndrome
  • Making sure self-advocates are present and active leaders in MDSC events and programs
  • Developing personal leadership and self-advocacy skills
  • Planning and participating in events for adults (including SAAC quarterly socials and workshops) and participating in other MDSC programs like the MDSC Legislative Advocacy Task Force 
  • Working as a team

Allen C. Crocker Self-Advocate Internship

The application for 2017 internships is now closed. The next application period will open in 2018; please stay tuned.

Dr. Allen Crocker was an advocate, activist and friend to people with disabilities and their families. His optimism inspired so many families and helped open society's eyes to the beauty of people with disabilities.

In this spirit and in memory of Dr. Crocker, who passed away in October 2011, the MDSC offers the Dr. Crocker Self Advocate Internship Program to adults with Down syndrome ages 22 and up. Each Crocker Intern will have the opportunity to work in our Burlington office on a project of their choosing for a period of six months.

Interns will gain valuable work experience, gain resources for community involvement, develop leadership skills, and earn money. And in doing so, they will advance the shared mission of the MDSC and Dr. Crocker, promoting the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Examples of Crocker Intern Project Areas:

  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Office Work (answering phones, filing, making copies, etc.)
  • Community Outreach
  • Public Speaking
  • Event Assistance
  • Social Networking/Blogging

Or, you are more than welcome to come up with your own idea! 

Read the latest SAAC newsletter, written by and for adults with Down syndrome!

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First-ever SAAC Newsletter, Fall 2016


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