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News for Members and Friends, March 13, 2014

What does World Down Syndrome Day mean to you?   

At the NDSC, we see each World Down Syndrome Day as an opportunity to promote our vision, "a world with equal rights and opportunities for people with Down syndrome."

We are truly excited about the Self Advocate Resolution that was passed at our convention last summer. While we've shared the print version with you before, we now have an even better way to share it! Just in time for this year's celebration of WDSD, we are proud to present to you our Self Advocate Resolution, by way of a two minute video. We LOVE it, and if you love it, too, we hope you'll share it with your friends and family. Use this link to share on your social media sites!

Self Advocate Resolution 
I have Down syndrome, and I'm proud of who I am.  
We know there are opportunities in each of our lives every day to educate and inform people about the value of individuals with Down syndrome. By setting aside this symbolic day, March 21st, we can join together, and tell the world what is important to people with Down syndrome.

At the United Nations conference this March 21st, the focus will be on health and well-being. In cities all around the world, parents and parent organizations have planned parties and picnics, galas and dances -- celebrations to raise awareness and funds, while having a great time.

Whatever you plan to do, you can make March 21st a day to to advocate for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.

Leading up to WDSD 2014, we've had such fun this month with the "21 Quotes in 21 Days by 21 People with Trisomy 21" campaign! You can see all of the quotes from the campaign so far on our website. We appreciate every submission, and are sorry we can't use them all!

It's Time to Register for the Convention!

Yep, the convention takes place July 11 - 13, 2014 in Indianapolis, but you'll want to register now to make sure you get the best value pricing, and a place in those high demand areas of the convention: the Youth and Adults Conference, Kids' Camp, and a place to sleep at the JW Marriott.

There are just too many important things to mention here, so you'll want to visit our convention website often for the most complete and up to date information. For now, though, here are a couple of things to check out that will help in your planning:

Get "DS-Connected" for World Down Syndrome Day

Make March. 2014 the month you join DS-Connect™, the registry for people with Down syndrome!

DS-Connect™ is a voluntary, confidential, online survey tool to collect basic information about people with Down syndrome. This information can help connect people with DS to scientists who study DS; promote research by collecting information that scientists can use; help health professionals improve how they treat people with DS; help scientists develop new treatments that may improve the quality of life for people with DS.

This is our opportunity to show the world that funding for research is important! To do that, you have to be counted in the registry. Take part to
advance knowledge and research about Down syndrome. Get all the details here
Making a difference. One family at a time.

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Roswell, GA  30076

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