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Executive Director's Message

Maureen Gallagher head shotOn behalf of the entire Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress staff, welcome to mdsc.org. The MDSC is committed to ensuring that individuals with Down syndrome in Massachusetts are valued, included, and given opportunities to pursue fulfilling lives. Mdsc.org is an integral part of that effort.

On our  website, you will find a wealth of information and resources about Down syndrome for self-advocates, parents, educators, healthcare professionals and the community-at-large. Whether you want to learn more about our Advocates in Motion initiatives, our Annual Conference, our Education Task Force or our Buddy Walk programs, you have come to the right place. If you are an excited but nervous expectant parent, a parent of a school-age child, a teacher trying to grapple with the requirements of Special Education law, or a doctor or nurse looking to better serve a patient with Down syndrome, you will find it all here.

This is an exciting time of growth for the MDSC. Our organization is taking bold steps to revitalize our mission and strengthen our programs and services for all constituents. We are expanding our reach and seeking to further cement our reputation as the preeminent organization in Massachusetts for information, networking, and advocacy for and about Down syndrome.

We have done this by:

  • Enabling networking and supports
  • Providing a clearinghouse of information about Down Syndrome resources and advocacy
  • Advocating for improved education, community inclusion, and employment
  • Better educating the public about Down syndrome
  • Empowering people to become effective self-advocates
  • Ensuring that people with Down syndrome have access to high quality primary and secondary education
  • Ensuring that people with Down syndrome have access to high quality medical services and research.
  • Ensuring that adults with Down syndrome have access to employment and other opportunities.

Here at the MDSC, we recognize and celebrate our past successes. At the same time, we are focused squarely on a brighter future, knowing that Massachusetts still has a long way to go to ensure that every person in the state with Down syndrome has the chance to live a valued, integrated and fulfilled life.

Please visit our site often for updates, and thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

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Maureen Gallagher