Advocacy

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DSAA is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome through advocacy and supporting inclusion within schools, communities, and the work place. A lack of consistency exists in the application of best practices for early intervention, education, and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome in our communities, schools, and work environments. Many communities across the country provide individuals with Down syndrome access to the same educational, recreational, residential and employment opportunities available to those without Down syndrome. However, barriers still exist in some communities that prevent children, adolescents, and adults with Down syndrome from accessing the same opportunities as their typical peers.

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DSAA believes that individuals with Down syndrome have the right to be respected as valued members of society with their own level of independence, self-determination, and sense of belonging in the community. This can best be achieved by being allowed full community involvement. 

Our goals include:

• Advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome so they may have the same access to opportunities in community schools, recreational activities, and employment as their typical peers;

• Support for individuals with Down syndrome and their families in seeking inclusive opportunities;

• Community Acceptance and Responsibility toward individuals with Down syndrome.

 

What is Inclusion?

Inclusion supports the right of all individuals, regardless of abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their local communities.

Natural settings are those in which the individual would spend time had he or she not had a disability. These settings include, but are not limited to home, preschool, nursery schools, neighborhood school classrooms, child care, places of worship, employment, community recreational and other activities that are enjoyed by children and families.

Best practices demonstrate that people with Down syndrome benefit greatly from interaction with peers in inclusive settings. Such settings provide enriching opportunities for people with Down syndrome, while promoting their acceptance by the general community. 

DSAA is available for presentations to local schools, employers, churches or other community entities to help educate people on Down Syndrome and how our organization can assist with resources and services. 

For more information, please contact us at info@dsaatl.org.