To address the civil rights violation in Ethan’s case, NDSS and NDSC, with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. of Frederick County and Ethan’s mother, Patti Saylor, will meet with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights next Monday, April 22. Our organizations will continue to demand an independent inquiry, as we have done to date.
Our organizations also believe that training materials for police departments across the country will enhance efforts to prevent another tragedy through education and better understanding. NDSC and NDSS are developing and disseminating training materials for law enforcement and first responders that will address specific health and behavioral concerns associated with people with Down syndrome. If individuals or affiliates would like to share materials once they are completed, please e-mail email@example.com.
NDSS and NDSC will also co-host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 23, at 12:00 PM ET. All are encouraged to attend to hear more and attendees will have the opportunity to voice questions and concerns. You can join the Town Hall by dialing 1-877-410-5657 and using the following passcode: 69126.
As we continue our efforts, we encourage advocates to sign the petitions at change.org and whitehouse.gov. We will continue to provide updates as they are available.