October also Observes National Down Syndrome Awareness Month – NDSS Launches Law Syndrome National Campaign

National News
Fall 2017

Be sure to check out our lastest CACTI blogpost! Sonoran UCEDD interdisciplinary trainee, CJ Bruske, shares his volunteer experience with iCan Bike Camp put on by iCan Shine, Inc. and sponsored by the Southegroup of different cactus plantsrn Arizona Network for Down Syndrome.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness and celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.

This year, in alignment with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) launched is national campaign, Law Syndrome, addressing the laws that discourage people with Down syndrome and other disabilities from pursuing careers, living independently, and enhancing their quality of life without risk of losing Medicaid or other benefits. In addition to bringing awareness to this issue, they are working on legislation that would allow people with Down syndrome and other disabilities to:

  1. Seek competitive employment opportunities by increasing income limitations and ending sub-minimum wage practices
  2. Work and live where they desire by creating a more portable Medicaid program with greater flexibility
  3. Benefit from more job opportunities driven by new tax incentives that small businesses and corporations will receive when hiring someone with Down syndrome or another disability
  4. Achieve economic-self-sufficiency from the expansion of successful disability programs like the National ABLE Program.

Learn more about the campaign at https://www.lawsyndrome.org.

People with Down syndrome and their loved ones can spread awareness about Down syndrome by going to their local Buddy Walk® and speaking out about their needs:

Upcoming Buddy Walk in Tucson, AZ – November 12, 2017

Rachel Osterback from A&E’s show, Born this Way, will be the Grand Marshall. Join the walk to show your support and raise funds for the Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome. The Buddy Walk includes a resource fair at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park.