Interested in the NDSS Down Syndrome Ambassador program? Read along for some Frequently Asked Questions.
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The NDSS Down Syndrome Ambassador (DS-Ambassador) program is a volunteer advocacy program that gives participants the opportunity to advocate for the Down syndrome community in their local communities and at all levels of government.
Anyone who wants to make a difference for the Down syndrome community can apply to join. The DS-Ambassador program is a diverse group of advocates who are self-advocates with Down syndrome, parents, siblings, friends, professionals, and more. All are welcome and it is free to join.
DS-Ambassadors advocate for policy solutions and community-based efforts that are beneficial to the Down syndrome community. This could look like meeting with a federal or state official, sharing a resource with professionals in your local community, and more.
DS-Ambassadors are asked to commit between 2 – 4 hours a month to the program. This time is spent attending virtual meetings and trainings, engaging with advocacy opportunities, and attending the annual Down Syndrome Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.
The DS-Ambassador program provides a structured, unified, and organized grassroots advocacy approach to creating change in local communities and at all levels of government. As a DS-Ambassador, you receive:
- Support and guidance from policy and advocacy professionals
- Access to resources, training, and development opportunities
- A community of like-minded advocates
- Opportunities for advocacy!