U.S. Resources

National Community Engagement Partners

Here is an introduction to some wonderful organizations, who we’re partnering with in spreading the word about MONICA & DAVID.  We truly believe in each partner’s mission and encourage you to learn more about their work, both on a national level and in your local community. Visit their websites for online resources, including opportunities to volunteer and get involved.

Best Buddies International

BBI is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,500 schools; engages participants in each of the 50 United States; and has programs on six continents. MONICA & DAVID screened at their National Youth Leadership Conference in July 2010; and were our Community Partner at HBO’s Miami Premiere of the film.


National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

NDSS is the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.  Look for their “My Great Story” campaign in media outlets around the U.S., and on their website.


Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries.  SHRM promotes hiring employees with disabilities as a smart business move.  Read their story: “Can Hiring One Employee with a Disability Make a Difference?”.  SHRM featured MONICA & DAVID at their Diversity Conference in October, 2010.



The world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides an array of services and support for families and individuals and includes over 140,000 members affiliated through more than 730 state and local chapters across the nation. The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)

NDSC seeks to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome. It is the purpose of the National Down Syndrome Congress to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. MONICA & DAVID screened at their yearly national convention in July 2010, to an audience of community leaders, self-advocates, and families.


Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, envisions a world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment opportunities. ODEP provides national leadership by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.


Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

SABE is the self-advocacy organization of the United States.  Founded in 1990, they work hard for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community throughout the 50 states and the world for 20 years. The non-profit advocacy organization is run by a board of self-advocates working to address: civil rights, voting accessibility, transportation, employment, legislation affecting people with disabilities, and affordable and assessable housing.