L.D.S.A. endeavors to fulfill its mission through networking, lobbying, and operating a resource center:
A. Networking & Lobbying:
• Collaborating actively with groups and coalitions whose efforts are directed to similar aims, particularly inclusion, participation, and self-determination.
• Creating, consolidating, and activating networks of people with special needs, parents, professionals, service providers, and concerned community members, to enable them to function as support, advocacy, and pressure groups.
B. Resource Center:
L.D.S.A.’s Resource Center compiles and disseminates updated information about issues concerning people with special needs, particularly people with D.S., and provides moral and technical support to individuals or organizations that adopt inclusive practices.
1. Providing information and referral to organizations, programs, and individuals with similar interests.
2. Initiating and participating in public information campaigns to promote and support inclusion, participation, and self-determination.
3. Establishing a resource library about D.S. for parents, professionals, service providers, and concerned community members.
4. Publishing printed (such as brochures, pamphlets, and fact sheets) or audiovisual materials needed by the community to provide correct information about D.S.
1. Offering moral support, acceptance, and encouragement for persons with D.S., their parents, siblings, and extended family members, in order to facilitate their role as advocates and as promoters of inclusion, participation, and self-determination. This includes providing information, guidance and counseling regarding personal and social life, assistance in locating and obtaining appropriate services (especially health and education) as well as in handling legal and financial matters (such as citizen rights, trust funds, estate planning).
2. Encouraging those actively making the promise of quality inclusive services for children, youth, and adults with D.S. by supporting their efforts in various ways, including: organizing information dissemination activities (such as forums, media campaigns, printed or audiovisual documentation), providing technical assistance and training, participating in research and development activities, and sponsoring projects and services.