Legislative Issues

Legislative Issues

The UPS for DownS Legislative Advocacy committee strives to ensure that the voices of the Down syndrome community are heard by policymakers in Springfield and Washington, DC. We have partnered with other Down syndrome groups to meet with our Senators and Representatives in Washington, DC and to organize a bus trip to Springfield for the annual Disability Rally.

We encourage self-advocates and parents to actively engage policymakers to improve the systems that impact people with disabilities.

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Can I help my Friend?

Yes! Play with and talk to people with Down syndrome. If they are having trouble playing a game, give them time and a little extra help or ask them what game they would like to play. Be clear in what you are saying. Find out what your friend likes to do. Just hang out together and see what happens. You are more alike than you are different.

Why does my friend with Down Syndrome act differently than other kids?

People with Down syndrome have difficulty with language and talking.  Many kids want to interact and play with their friends, but don't know how, are afraid they won't be understood, or afraid they will be told "no, you can't play". Some kids with Down syndrome get overwhelmed when too many things are going on at the same time.