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“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”
FRANCIS OF ASSISI

NADS Historical Timeline

1960 Organization was formed as MDC
1972 Name changed to National Association for Down Syndrome
1975 NADS first local support group was formed.
1979 NADS held first parent support training program
1980 Development of hospital education program
1982 NADS temporary foster care program was developed
1984 NADS trained first group of public speakers
1987 Trained parents to become education facilitators
1989 NADS fellowship at the UAP was developed
1990 A Baby First was first published
1991 Commitment by Lutheran General Hospital to start a clinic for adults with Down syndrome
1992 Adult Down Syndrome Clinic (Center)opened
1998 NADS held first behavior retreat
2005 NADS formalized program for Hispanic families

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