ATTENTION DOWN SYNDROME ADVOCATES

We need your help to increase the membership of the newly-formed Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome!

The Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus co-chairs Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) have joined Senate co-chairs Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) in the formation of the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome.

The bipartisan, bicameral Task Force’s goals are to educate Members of Congress and their staff about Down syndrome, enhance their understanding of issues important to people with Down syndrome and their families, and to promote public policies that would increase the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS will work closely with the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome in furtherance of these goals.

The current members of the Task Force are listed on the NDSS website at:

http://www.ndss.org/Advocacy/About-the-NDSS-National-Policy-Center/Congressional-Task-Force-on-Down-Syndrome/

If your Representative and Senators are not already members, please e-mail them and ask them to join. To find your Members of Congress and their contact information, follow the link below and type in your address:

https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup (Click on the legislators’ names to find their e-mail addresses or links to their webforms.)

Here is a sample script to use when contacting your Members of Congress who are not already on the Task Force:

As your constituent and a person touched by Down syndrome, I ask you to join the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome. This Task Force is championed and led by Representatives Chris Van Hollen, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Pete Sessions, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ander Crenshaw, Cheri Bustos and Senators Jerry Moran and Robert Casey.

The purpose of the Task Force is to provide a forum in which Members of Congress and their staffs can actively engage in a dialogue to improve the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and their families. The Task Force is central to helping raise awareness of Down syndrome on Capitol Hill and promoting public policies that would enhance the quality of life for the more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.

I am excited that the Senate and House of Representatives have joined together to establish this important bicameral and bi-partisan Task Force, and I ask you to join the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome today. To join, please contact Andrew Neill (andrew.neill@mail.house.gov) in Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office and Brian Perkins (brian_perkins@moran.senate.gov) in Senator Jerry Moran’s office.

Thank you for your advocacy efforts!

Best,
Heather

Heather B. Sachs, J.D.
Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy
National Down Syndrome Society
1602 L St. NW, Suite 925
Washington, DC 20036
E-mail: hsachs@ndss.org
www.ndss.org