Global’s Mission, Vision and Values
Our goal is to significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy. We work to educate governments, educational organizations and society in order to affect legislative and social changes so that every person with Down syndrome has an equitable chance at a satisfying life.
From me in 2015:
Let me tell you a little about Global. When perusing their website you may notice that the most extensive drop down menu is under the category: Research and Medical Care. From its inception in 2009, this organization has beat the drums, kettles, the streets, whatever, about the inequities in the funding for research and follow-up and lifetime wellness initiatives for people with Down syndrome. The Sie family has seeded and continued to support a foundation that is growing and achieving by focusing on the needs of people with Down syndrome and their families. I only discovered the existence of GDSF in 2013 and I quickly discovered myself aligned with their initiatives.
I briefly met the founder, Michelle Sie Whitten, once in a quick-between-sessions chat at a conference. I took that brief moment to thank her for the work the are doing for the health and well being of the adults in our community. (I also chatted with her about the race disparities and my hopes this is something being addressed in their research funding.)
If you look at their staff list you will see that although they are working to achieve HUGE things, and are funding research and education opportunities in addition to creating new medical outreach and also several programs specifically related to adults with Down syndrome and their health and well-being, with a very small and mighty staff. They all work hard and with passion.
Some of our other experiences with Global include: