Monday, February 4, 2013

2013 Buddy Walk on Washington


2013 NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington

The NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington is an annual two-day advocacy conference that brings the Down syndrome community together to advocate for legislative priorities that impact the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families. Advocates meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to advance education, research and healthcare for people with Down syndrome.
The 2013 Buddy Walk® on Washington will be held on March 13 & 14 in Washington, DC.


Registration for the 2013 Buddy Walk® on Washington is now open.

Hotel & Location Information

The Buddy Walk® on Washington will be held at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel (480 L’Enfant Plaza Hotel S.W. Washington, DC 20024). To reserve your room, call 800-635-5065 or reserve online using the group name “NDSS13” to receive the special group rate by Feb. 14, 2013. If you need multiple nights at the hotel, please email NDSS VP of Advocacy & Affiliate Relations Sara Weir at

Advocacy Training - March 13, 2013

Our NDSS advocacy training session is an opportunity to learn from NDSS about our key priorities for the 2013 Buddy Walk® on Washington. You will have the opportunity to hear presentations on the key “asks”, participate in role play sessions with your state delegations, and network with affiliates and advocates across the country. We strongly encourage all attendees participate in the advocacy training session from 3:00 -6:00 PM on March 13. 

Buddy Walk® on Washington schedule

Wednesday, March 13, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM - Registration
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Self-Advocates Speak Out - an exclusive event for all self-advocates hosted by NDSS Self-Advocate Advisory Board
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM - Buddy Walk® on Washington Advocacy Training
  • NDSS Host Welcome Address
  • Overview of 2012 Legislative Agenda & Asks
  • Advocate Role Playing
  • State Practice session
  • Q&A session
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - NDSS Awards Dinner & Celebration (Renoit/Monet Ballrooms)          
    Thursday, March 14, Capitol Hill
    7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Depart Hotel (via Metro) for Capitol Hill (NDSS will provide metro cards)
    8:30 AM - 10:00 AM - NDSS Capitol Members of Congress Breakfast Reception
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Capitol Hill Visits (Meetings will be scheduled for each advocate)                                           

    Scheduling Your Congressional Visits

    This year, we are working with Soapbox Consulting to schedule your Congressional meetings for you. If you have any questions, please contact NDSS VP of Advocacy & Affiliate Relations Sara Weir at

    Buddy Walk® on Washington & Self-Advocates

    Self-advocate participants of the Buddy Walk® on Washington are invited to join the NDSS Self-Advocate Advisory Board for a panel discussion and Q&A at 2:00 pm on March 13 (before our advocacy training). The Board will share their expertise as seasoned self-advocates in this presentation for self-advocates by self-advocates.  Please note, this event is for self-advocates only. For more information, please contact NDSS Manager of Education & Programs Vanessa Quick at

    Advocacy Training Webinars

    NDSS will facilitate two advocacy training webinars to help prepare you for your advocacy experience, what to expect on Capitol Hill, and discuss the 2013 key legislative priorities. Register for each of our webinars by clicking on the links below:

    Buddy Walk® on Washington 101 – Everything You Need to Know

    February 7 at 3:00 PM ET 

    Buddy Walk® on Washington 201 – Ins & Outs of the NDSS 2013 Legislative Agenda/Asks

    February 26 at 3:00 PM ET

    Getting Around Washington

    For more information, please contact NDSS VP of Advocacy & Affiliate Relations Sara Weir at

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