What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is defined as any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others.  The DSAGC is involved in advocacy work on behalf of children and adults with Down syndrome, their families and the Down syndrome community at large.  The following is a list of some typical DSAGC advocacy work activities.

  • Educating legislators on the need to provide information about issues impacting the Ds community.
  • Educating the public about the legislative process.  Part of this involves introducing members of the Ds community to the legislators who represent them.
  • Producing relevant resources that reflect the story of the Ds community.
  • Educating the Ds community and the community at large on the issues that impact people with Down syndrome and their families.
  • Lobbying or advocating for or against a specific piece of legislation that impacts the Ds community.

Advocacy 101 Training Powerpoint