Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Awareness, Advocacy, and Inclusion

Oct 17, 2019 11:00 AM ET

Observed in October each year, Down Syndrome Awareness Month was started by the National Down Syndrome Society in the 1980’s. By spreading awareness, advocacy, and inclusion throughout the community, the month is a time to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments.

In recognition of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, America's Charities is celebrating the following agents of change who we are proud to call our members. These nonprofits focus on public policy, awareness, health promotion, resources, employment, community outreach and support for people with Down Syndrome.

One of the most cost-efficient ways you can support these nonprofits is to donate to them via payroll deduction through your employer's workplace giving program (Don't have a program? Click here to have your employer contact our team.) Click on each charity's name below to learn more about their work, and to make a donation now!

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

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. A donation of $100 to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) helps them continue to advocate for the rights of those with Down syndrome and provide adult caregiver services and resources to the individuals currently caring for an adult with Down syndrome. Learn more.

National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is dedicated to an improved world for individuals with Down syndrome. Founded in 1973, they are the leading national resource of support and information for anyone touched by or seeking to learn about Down syndrome, from the moment of a pre-natal diagnosis through adulthood.

The purpose of the NDSC is to promote the interests of people with Down syndrome and their families through advocacy, public awareness, and information. When we empower individuals and families from all demographic backgrounds, we reshape the way people understand and experience Down syndrome. Learn more.