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.

Do people with Down syndrome have feelings?

Yes. Just like everyone, people with Down syndrome have feelings. They can feel happy, silly, sad, sorry, or upset - just like you. People with Down syndrome enjoy friends and family and can be hurt when someone teases or makes fun of them - just like you.