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45 years with us! 

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NDSS empowers individuals with Down syndrome and their families by driving policy change, providing resources, engaging with local communities, and shifting public perceptions. 

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NYC Buddy Walk and Times Square Video

We hope you’ll join us in Times Square and at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park on September 7, or choose our Walk-at-Home option and celebrate from any location!


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The first Barbie with Down syndrome

On April 25, 2023, Barbie® introduced its first doll with Down syndrome, a step to further increasing disability representation in the toy aisle. NDSS had the opportunity to advise Mattel to ensure the doll reflected characteristics and symbols of Down syndrome. 

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