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.
Connecting with legislators, and sharing our personal stories and challenges has been a major reason for our string of legislative successes. One of the most effective vehicles for doing this has been through our annual Down Syndrome Advocacy Day at the State House.
Each year, hundreds of members of the Down syndrome community gather at the State House for a lunchtime reception and speeches. After the formal ceremonies, advocates fan out throughout the building to meet with their legislators to tell their personal stories and lobby for Down syndrome priorities.
“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.
To view our current Statewide Legislative Platform, click here.