What We Believe

Our Mission & Vision

The 3-21 Foundation’s mission is to promote advances in education and cognition for people with Down syndrome so they can be empowered to pursue their dreams.

We envision a world in which people with Down syndrome are valued, included and given the opportunity to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Our Purposes
  • Empower families to be effective advocates for their loved ones with Down syndrome
  • To serve as a source of information regarding educational best practices, current research and effective teaching strategies that promote the independence and inclusion of people with Down syndrome
  • To further the understanding of cognition, cognitive enhancement and cognitive therapies, and to advance viable therapies for cognitive enhancement in people with Down syndrome
  • To advocate for improved education, community inclusion and independence for people with Down syndrome to enable them to be fully contributing members in their community
  • To protect and promote the rights of people with Down syndrome
  • To collaborate with other Down syndrome groups and community partners at the local, state, national and international level
  • To better educate the public about Down syndrome



We are a non-profit organization exempt from federal and state income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, registered as a public charity pursuant to the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Chapter 12, Section 8E.

The 3-21 Foundation was incorporated on March 18, 2010.

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