By Deanna Tharpe, DSAIA Executive Director
Last week, over 200 advocates flocked to Washington, D.C., to push legislative agendas aimed at assisting individuals with Down syndrome. It was great to have so many DSAIA board members (and staff) representing their individual districts at the event. Joining me in Washington were Joe Meares (DSAIA President, Indiana), Sterling Lynk (Board Member, Wisconsin), Allison Wixted (Board Member, Virginia), Robbin Lyons (Board Member, Wisconsin), David Egan (Board Member, Virginia), and Amy Van Bergen (Vice-President, Florida).
While a fast-paced event, the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) does a great job of putting together an effective advocacy opportunity for anyone. It’s great to see both self-advocates and parents alongside Down syndrome organization staff members, all working toward the same goal. So, while this blog is short…I invite you to make it longer with your comments on how your “Day on the Hill” went this year. Tell us your great accomplishments, your funny moments, your “war” stories. And then….remember that we are partnering with NDSS next year to bring DSAIA’s Annual Leadership Conference back to DC with the Buddy Walk on Washington event. Check it out here: www.dsaia.org/conference .