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About the AcceptAbility Gala

GLOBAL’s annual AcceptAbility Gala brings together policymakers from both sides of the aisle, key scientists from NIH, and our Down syndrome community. Together, our advocacy efforts have increased the NIH Down syndrome research and medical care budget by $258 million over the last five years! The AcceptAbility Gala is an opportunity to celebrate our success, especially major new federal research funding increases after years of being one of the least funded genetic conditions.  We honor our Ambassador family, two Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Awardees, and the Rosa DeLauro and Tom Cole GLOBAL Advancement Awardees.

Thank You to Our Supporters


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Gala Committee

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2024 AcceptAbility Gala Highlights

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About Global Down Syndrome Foundation

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) is the largest non-profit in the U.S. working to save lives and dramatically improve health outcomes for people with Down syndrome. GLOBAL has donated more than $32 million to establish the first Down syndrome research institute supporting over 400 scientists and over 2,200 patients with Down syndrome from 33 states and 10 countries. Working closely with Congress and the National Institutes of Health, GLOBAL is the lead advocacy organization in the U.S. for Down syndrome research and medical care. GLOBAL has a membership of over 120 Down syndrome organizations worldwide and is part of a network of Affiliates – the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the Sie Center for Down Syndrome, and the University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center – all on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

GLOBAL’s widely circulated medical publications include GLOBAL Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome, Prenatal Testing and Information about Down Syndrome, and the award-winning Down Syndrome WorldTM magazine. GLOBAL also organizes the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, the largest Down syndrome fundraiser in the world. Visit globaldownsyndrome.org and follow us on social media (Facebook & Twitter: @GDSFoundation, Instagram: @globaldownsyndrome).

By registering, attending, or viewing at any time the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s (the “Foundation”) AcceptAbility Gala event, or any reproductions, derivate works, or related content thereof (the “Event”), you agree to be bound by the following terms. You agree that the Event may contain copyrighted, trademarked or proprietary information or content protected by intellectual property or other laws. You agree to not instigate, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against the Foundation, or any other person, on the grounds that the Event infringes any intellectual property rights or related laws. The Foundation does not make any express or implied warranties, endorsements, or representations whatsoever as to the Event or its content. You agree that the Foundation shall in no event be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, or exemplary damages arising directly or indirectly from the Event. You hereby grant the Fountain the right to record, film, live stream, photograph, or capture your likeness in any media in connection with the Event and to distribute, broadcast, or use such media without any further approval by or compensation to you. You agree to not record, rebroadcast, repost, retransmit, or reproduce the Event, any of its content, or any portion thereof without the express written permission of the Foundation. Any public sharing, redistribution, or reproduction of the Event or any portion thereof in any form is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of the Foundation. The Foundation intends to pursue any and all remedies available to it under law or equity in response to any breach of these terms.








Julie Riccio
Director, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, PwC

Amy Best Weiss
Executive VP, Global Government Affairs, American Express


Jan Adams
Founder & CEO, JMA Solutions

Cory Alexander
Strategic Advisor, UnitedHealth Group

John Ashbrook
Founding Partner, Cavalry LLC

Kevin Brennan
Principal, Bluebird Strategies

Emilie Eager
Communications Consultant

David Egan
Author, Advocate, & Speaker

Natalie Farr Harrison
SVP Government Relations, Avoq

Erin Book Mullen
Principal, Williams & Jensen, PLLC

Matthew Perin
Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Kroger

Cliff Riccio
Senior Vice President & Chief, Government Relations, NCTA

Frank Stephens
Author, Actor, and Advocate

Salo Zelermyer
Vice President for Federal Affairs and Counsel, Valero


Rep. Robert Aderholt
Senator Bob Casey
Rep. Katherine Clark
Rep. Tom Cole
Senator Steve Daines
Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Senator John Hickenlooper
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Senator Jerry Moran
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Rep. Pete Sessions
Rep. Pete Stauber



Rep. Pete Aguilar
Rep. Don Bacon
Rep. Troy Balderson
Rep. Nanette Barragán
Rep. Stephanie Bice
Rep. Gus Bilirakis
Senator Marsha Blackburn
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester
Senator Katie Britt
Senator Sherrod Brown
Rep. Shontel Brown
Rep. Julia Brownley
Rep. Larry Bucshon
Rep. Kat Cammack
Senator Shelley Capito
Senator Ben Cardin
Rep. Buddy Carter
Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Rep. James Clyburn
Rep. Gerry Connolly
Rep. Jason Crow
Rep. Diana DeGette
Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier
Rep. Debbie Dingell
Rep. Neal Dunn
Rep. Lois Frankel
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Rep. John Garamendi
Rep. Andrew Garbarino
Rep. Robert Garcia
Rep. Sylvia Garcia
Rep. Jimmy Gomez
Rep. Michael Guest
Rep. Brett Guthrie
Rep. Jahana Hayes
Senator Maggie Hassan
Senator Chris Van Hollen
Rep. Richard Hudson
Rep. Glenn Ivey
Rep. Hank Johnson
Rep. John Joyce
Rep. Jen Kiggans
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Rep. Young Kim
Rep. Rick Larsen
Rep. Susie Lee
Rep. Mike Levin
Rep. Ted Lieu
Rep. Morgan Luttrell
Senator Joe Manchin
Senator Ed Markey
Senator Roger Marshall
Rep. Thomas Massie
Rep. Doris Matsui
Rep. Lucy McBath
Rep. Gregory Meeks
Rep. Grace Meng
Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks
Rep. Marc Molinaro
Rep. Jared Moskowitz
Rep. Seth Moulton
Senator Markwayne Mullin
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Senator Chris Murphy
Senator Patty Murray
Rep. Jay Obernolte
Rep. Bill Pascrell
Rep. Scott Peters
Rep. Brittany Pettersen
Rep. Katie Porter
Rep. Amata Radewagen
Rep. Delia Ramirez
Rep. Jamie Raskin
Rep. Mike Rogers
Rep. John Rutherford
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise
Rep. Bradley Schneider
Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer
Senator Kyrsten Sinema
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith
Rep. Abigail Spanberger
Rep. Dale Strong
Rep. Dina Titus
Rep. Jill Tokuda
Rep. Paul Tonko
Rep. Norma J. Torres
Rep. David Trone
Rep. Juan Vargas
Rep. Marc Veasey
Senator Mark Warner
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Rep. Maxine Waters
Senator Roger Wicker


Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Carlo Tamburro
Jan Adams
Elite Island Resorts
Robin & Josh Shultz
The Whitten Family



Press Contact:

Shawn Flaherty
Email: shawn_flaherty@creativestratpr.com
Cell: 703-554-3609

Anca Elena Call
Email: acall@globaldownsyndrome.org
Cell: 720-320-3832

Singer Jordin Sparks Performs and Rep. Frankel and Rep. Hudson Honored at Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s May 9th AcceptAbility Gala in DC

Important NIH INCLUDE Legislation Aimed at Increasing Lifespan and Dramatically Improving Health Outcomes for People with Down Syndrome Introduced by GLOBAL Champion, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers


GLOBAL Applauds Congress for $15 million Increase for NIH Down Syndrome/INCLUDE Research Initiative in Recently Passed Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Spending Bill

Watch Frank Stephens’ Congressional Testimony