P is also for “people” and “professionals”
By Sue Joe of the National Down Syndrome Congress
And since the P in Phoenix also sounds like F, let’s go ahead and make the leap that P is for Families!
For more than 40 years, the National Down Syndrome Congress has worked to educate, advocate and empower. We are an inclusive organization that impacts families of all cultural, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds. We extend our support from the moment of a prenatal diagnosis through adulthood. Through our self-advocate programs, we work to empower individuals with Down syndrome to live the life of their choosing. That is who we are.
Our most visible and well-known program is our annual national convention, and each year, more than 300 teen and adult self-advocates come together for a fun, exciting, and enriching weekend. With the support of our Y&A Leadership Team, the Youth and Adults Conference is planned and presented by self-advocates. We call the Y&A Conference the heart and soul of the convention. Just take a peek inside the ballrooms when they are all together, walk by one of the 12 workshops being led by self-advocates, or take a trip to the dance floor on Saturday night, and you’ll understand why. People leave our convention knowing more and feeling they can do more. That’s powerful, with a capital P.