The California Down syndrome Advocacy Coalition (CDAC) believes that individuals with intellectual disabilities, including Down syndrome, should be afforded the opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to the well-being and prosperity of California.
To that end, CDAC is committed to:
> Expanding the availability of, affordability of, and access to meaningful postsecondary education programs that support students through a focus on academic, social, employment, and independent living strategies, as outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) (PL-110-315)
> Partnering with members of the business community, state policymakers, higher education institutions, school systems, adult service providers, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders to develop and fund such high-quality comprehensive transition and postsecondary education programs
> Aligning such high-quality postsecondary education programs with education and workforce development goals in the state
> Increasing public awareness of and support for such high-quality postsecondary education programs
CDAC believes that California should aspire to lead the nation in cultivating the value and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities in the classroom, in the workforce, and as a part of the broader community. California has the opportunity to set the standard by expanding its efforts to encourage and promote positive change in the lives of all individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families.