Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network Membership

SVDSN goes to Washington - by Bill O'Dea

3 Mar 2014 2:05 PM | Anonymous

DSC_0085    DSC_0016  Thursday February 27, 2014 was the Buddy Walk on Washington D.C. and SVDSN was there, braving the cold weather, to advocate for Down syndrome. The SVDSN delegation, Dashiell, Marisol, Kristin, Bill, and Eric marched the halls, talked with California Senators and House Representatives (mainly staff), and advocating for legislative changes; which could  improve the lives of person with Down syndrome.

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The Buddy Walk on Washington, sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Society; which SVDSN donates 7% of the Bay Area Buddy Walk proceeds to, is the main legislative group lobbying Washington D.C. on behalf of persons with Down syndrome. This year’s Buddy Walk on Washington D.C. had the most participants is the history of the Buddy Walk on Washington D.C., with close to 320 participants advocating Capitol Hill for votes and funding. This year California had fifteen participants, seven from Northern California and and eight from Southern California.

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To learn more about the Bddy Walk on Washington go to:

If you have interest in joining the SVDSN Legislative Advocacy Group and help SVDSN advocate local, state, and federal politicians, contact Bill O’Dea at

Thank You,

Bill O’Dea

SVDSN Governing Board

Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network

 SVDSN is a program of Valley Medical Center Foundation who is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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