By: Stephanie Holland
This year the annual NDSC convention was held in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. The 100+ degree weather made things outside of the conference venue a bit sticky, but inside everything was “cool.” If I had to sum up my own experience this year I would use these three words: collaboration, friendship, and hope.
If he was here, what would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say and do about the current issues in our community?
Today, as we celebrate Dr.King’s impact on our world, it’s a good time to reflect on our advocacy in the disability community. Most would agree that MLK would have something to say about the rallies and demonstrations around race and policing. Would he branch out and extend his hand to include the disability community in his work? I think he would. While some question, and even criticize efforts to widen the discussion of improved policing to include other disenfranchised groups, I believe Dr. King would be among the first to emphasize that #AllLivesMatter.
"Action expresses priorities."
What we know :
ABC News reported this in 2001: "The National Down Syndrome Society said the study indicates a "serious disparity that really needs to be addressed.""
A position statement from NDSS says: "It is clear that more needs to be done that is specifically targeted to those who are black and of other races."
In 2012, another study found:
In October, 2014, super model and spokesperson for Global Down Syndrome Foundation is quoted in She Knows:
How do we Express Priorities?
There is very little awareness about this issue within the Ds community.
Action is needed.
Ask all of our national organizations
Help us make this issue a priority.
Today we posted a petition to gather support for advocacy around an important issue - here's why.
Back in March, and again in July, I wrote about a discrepancy that I found unacceptable and frightening.
Life on "the road" of caregiving for adults who have Down syndrome.
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