BENEFITING: National Down Syndrome Congress
EVENT: CrowdRise Holiday Challenge
EVENT DATE: Nov 18, 2013
Helping to create a national climate in which all people recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.
Founded in 1973, the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is the oldest
and largest national organization serving people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them. The organization originated as an offshoot of the Association of Retarded Citizens, now known as the Arc. Initially,
the NDSC was incorporated and operated in the state of Illinois. In 1993, the NDSC’s national center moved to Atlanta, GA, where its national headquarters are located today.
The purpose of the NDSC is to promote the interests of people with Down syndrome and their families through advocacy, public awareness, and information dissemination on all aspects of Down syndrome. The organization strives to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. NDSC endeavors to accomplish
this through serving as a national clearinghouse of information about Down syndrome, through leadership in the development of public policy, through fostering a network of state and local affiliates, and through collaboration with organizations in the larger disability community. The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a
twenty-two member Board of Directors composed of parents and family members of individuals with Down syndrome, self-advocates and other individuals involved with people with Down syndrome.
The NDSC is financially supported primarily through membership dues and individual contributions. The organization does not receive governmental support.