Advocacy is an integral part of what we do. In order to do away with the misconceptions of Down syndrome and to present the facts, advocating on behalf of our members—especially those with Down syndrome—is one of the most important elements of our mission. But we can't do it alone.
That's why we encourage our members, the public, and anyone with the passion to see those with disabilities treated with the respect they deserve to join us in our efforts. And, we make it easy.
Periodically, we provide advocacy training. This usually consists of a simple, two-hour session that demonstrates how easy it is to start a conversation about Down syndrome or simply share your own personal story. Once you know what you want to share, we help you with where you can share.
For example, each year the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio works in conjunction with the Ohio Down Syndrome Advocacy Network to host "Annual Down Syndrome Day at the Ohio Statehouse." This one-day event is perfect for the person who has always wanted to be an advocate but doesn't know where to begin as well as the seasoned advocate who knows how to advance our mission. Following advocacy training, participants visit the Ohio Statehouse to meet with legislators and elected officials to share their stories and help these individuals become aware of why these issues matter to their constituency.
There are other ways to advocate as well, including letter writing, volunteering, and more. If you are interested in learning more, we invite you to call our office at 614-263-6020 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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