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National Association for Down Syndrome,
NADS is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It was founded in Chicago in 1961 by parents who chose to go against medical advice and raised their children with Down syndrome at home. Their pioneering efforts have made it easier for later generations of individuals with Down syndrome to be accepted by their families and communities, to develop their capabilities, and to work towards independence. Our mission is to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of community life. We offer information, support, and advocacy.

National Down Syndrome Congress,
It is the purpose of the NDSC to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.  That purpose is enhanced by the commitment of the NDSC to:
  • Promote the availability of and accessibility to a full range of opportunities and/or resources that meet individual and family needs.
  • Build a sense of community and fellowship for all people concerned with Down syndrome.
  • Provide leadership in the formation of public policy.
  • Encourage ethically responsible research related to all aspects of Down syndrome.
  • Educate professionals, parents, and community in all aspects relating to Down syndrome.
  • Foster self-advocacy and acknowledge the importance of self-actualization for persons with Down syndrome.
  • Recognize and advance the full range of rights of all people with Down syndrome.
  • Promote full participation of people with Down syndrome in all aspects of community life.
  • Recognize the variability of personal needs and respect individual choices.
  • Develop and disseminate position statements on major issues related to Down syndrome.
  • Provide a network for linking of state and local groups and affiliates.
  • Foster and enhance relationships with the NDSC community and the broader disability community.


National Down Syndrome Society,
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.