Overview

Advocacy

 

The Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) actively advocates at all levels of government – local, state and federal.  Through the volunteer efforts of family, friends and self-advocates, we engage with our elected officials to dispel misconceptions about Down syndrome, educate them on the facts and promote policies that empower and support individuals with Down syndrome, their families and communities. 

Members of our network regularly meet with state legislators in Annapolis and present testimony on issues of importance to our community.  Annually, we send a delegation to participate in the National Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk® on Washington where advocates meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to advance education, research and healthcare for people with Down syndrome.

You need not be a seasoned advocate to participate in our efforts.  Most importantly, we must demonstrate the many individuals, families and service providers in our community impacted by policies and budgets proposed at the local, state and federal levels.  We are always looking for more volunteers to boost our outreach!

For more information, please contact Mary Beth McGowan at marybeth@dsnmc.org.

You can find a complete list of elected officials representing Montgomery County, Maryland here. 

 

 

DSNMC at 2015 NDSS National Buddy Walk Conference & Buddy Walk on Washington

Thank you to everyone who joined us in DC this April for the National Buddy Walk Conference and the Buddy Walk on Washington! We shared ideas, celebrated the successes in the community and introduced Congress to a whole new agenda that we will be fighting for on Capitol Hill to allow people with Down syndrome the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and be valued members of welcoming communities. ‪#‎BWC2015‬‬ ‪#‎BWW2015‬‬

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