Joint Statement from Down Syndrome Organizations on Robert Ethan Saylor Case

April 16, 2013 – Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global), International Down Syndrome Coalition (IDSC), International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association (IMDSA), National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) and National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) continue to share deep sadness over the tragic and preventable death of Robert Ethan Saylor.

Each organization is addressing this situation in a manner keeping with their particular mission and all the organizations have been in close communication regarding various initiatives. We are all united in condemning this tragic death and are committed to working together to uphold the human and civil rights of people with Down syndrome and their families.

NDSC and NDSS have taken the lead in this case and have met with the local Frederick County affiliate, members of the Saylor family, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Those interactions are ongoing and seek to support the Saylor family, while preserving all options available to them, and, at the same time, to prevent tragedies like Ethan’s death from occurring in the future.  Later this month, following another round of meetings with the Department of Justice and the family, NDSS and NDSC will present a joint “town hall” teleconference to share more information regarding initiatives and proposals to prevent this from occurring in the future.

We hear you.  We are listening.  And we intend to work as hard as we can, together, to prevent this from ever happening again.  We need to stay united as one Down syndrome community that is focused on the bigger picture and justice for Ethan.

See what we are doing and how you can help.

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International Down Syndrome Coalition –
Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action –
Global Down Syndrome Foundation –
International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association –

Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, working in its role as a trade association, continues to support and respect the efforts of the other national organizations as all work diligently to address this issue.

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