National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Champion of Change Award
Evansville’s SMILE on Down Syndrome Executive Director Nikki Davis was recognized with a National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Champion of Change award.
The dinner and award ceremony were part of the National Down Syndrome Buddy Walk® on Washington. As part of the annual Buddy Walk® on Washington, NDSS honored advocates from across the Down syndrome community for working tirelessly throughout the year as advocates, leaders and change-makers in the area of public policy and advocacy for people with Down syndrome. Each year, NDSS honors self-advocates, individual advocacy leaders, a national Buddy Walk organization, and a Down syndrome advocacy group.
Davis helped the National Down Syndrome Society in 2012 with two social media campaigns, one to help promote their Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act advocacy efforts and the other in promotion of October’s Down syndrome awareness month. As per NDSS, “Davis shared her photography talents with NDSS by providing images that were used in some of the most popular posts on the NDSS Facebook page.” Davis is also a National Down Syndrome Society Down Syndrome Ambassador.
During the NDSS Buddy Walk on Washington, advocates meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to advance education, research and healthcare for people with Down syndrome. Major advocacy efforts this year will be asking representatives to cosponsor the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (H.R. 647/S. 313), asking representatives to cosponsor the Trisomy 21 Research Resources Act of 2013 (bill to be introduced in a few weeks), and prioritization of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Down Syndrome Research Funding through the annual Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education (L-HHS) Appropriations Bill.
Davis was also the official photographer of the Buddy Walk on Washington event.