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May Newsletter
The National Down Syndrome Society
Not only is it Friday, but it's May 1! Our team has been working tirelessly through the month of April to ensure our community has the resources and support they need during this pandemic. It’s making a difference, you can help!

This newsletter features a true happy ending story, as well as updates on important NDSS events and activities. Thank you for being part of our NDSS family. Your support makes it all possible.
"My family is so grateful you responded. We felt heard when no one was listening"
Amanda's family reached out to NDSS after she was diagnosed with COVID-19 last month. With a no-visitor policy in place, Amanda was in isolation at the hospital without a family member or caregiver. She was alone and incredibly confused in trying to battle this disease without her support network. NDSS was able to gather the necessary information and referrals to help guide Amanda's family through this process, and within a week Amanda's sister was given approval to join her in the hospital. We are thrilled to share that Amanda was discharged from the hospital and is back at home! 
 
In working with the family, NDSS created a resource providing guidance for when an individual with Down syndrome has been hospitalized and the hospital will not allow visitors. The resource is now available online for all families. 
View the Resource
2020 Virtual Adult Summit

Join us, starting Monday, for the 2020 NDSS Virtual Adult Summit! Throughout the month of May, we will bring the great speakers and content planned for our Adult Summit in Phoenix straight to your home!  

The Summit is ideal for anyone who plays a role in the life of individuals who have Down syndrome or other disabilities, especially caregivers, family members, professionals, and individuals with Down syndrome.  
 
Topics include healthcare, research, inclusive education, community integration, caregiving, economic self-sufficiency, aging-related health issues and employment. 
 
Registration is open, so claim your ticket today. Just $100 gets you access to 65+ live sessions, as well as recordings and handouts. We hope to see you online next week!  

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Advocacy Alert!
  • Ask your Representative to cosponsor and include H.R. 6420, the All Dependent Children Count Act, in the next COVID-19 spending package! This bill will address the lack of financial relief for eligible individuals who are claimed as dependents under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 
Take Action
  • The #NDSS National Advocacy and Public Policy Center wants to hear from you about the issues and challenges you are facing during the #COVID19 crisis. Let us know by completing this survey:
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#GivingTuesdayNow
Tuesday, May 5th is #GivingTuesdayNow -  a global day of generosity and unity, a day to rally in support of organizations like NDSS in response to the challenges caused by COVID-19.  

NDSS is supporting the entire Down syndrome community as we face the COVID-19 crisis together. Your #GivingTuesdayNow gift ensures we can continue to meet the needs of our community during this economic and health challenge. Every gift makes a difference. Thank you! 

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