The California Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition (CDAC) is a partnership of various active Down syndrome organizations across the state, advocating on the behalf of individuals with Down syndrome and their families. CDAC takes the position that all rights, privileges, and opportunities enjoyed by other California residents should be available to individuals with Down syndrome. In keeping with that position, CDAC pursues the passage and implementation of laws, regulations, and policies aimed at improving meaningful access to education, facilitating independent lives through self-determination, access to competitive integrated employment, and encouraging innovative programs and best practices among service providers. By drawing on the expertise, leadership, and experiences of its members, CDAC is able to provide a comprehensive view of key issues impacting the Down syndrome community.
CDAC seeks to improve the quality of life for all individuals with Down syndrome, regardless of age, by improving and expanding opportunities at the community and state level. While its principal focus is on issues involving Down syndrome, CDAC believes that all opportunities that could benefit individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities must be realized. Those opportunities have to be available to all individuals not only during infancy, but throughout elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schooling and adulthood.