The Down Syndrome Education Series was launched in October 2014. Each month, a speaker in the field of Down syndrome education, health care, or research is brought to Omaha to present information to DSA members that will positively impact the well-being of their children.
The program received a Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grant and continues to receive funding from local philanthropists and corporations.
The series was created as our unconventionally-formatted conference, and will bring in speakers that one could expect to find at one of the major 3-day DS conferences across the nation.
Sessions are held at 7 PM at the University of Nebraska Omaha unless otherwise noted on the DSA calendar. The evening presentation is for DSA members only. When the topic is appropriate and the speaker is available, an afternoon session will be offered to educators or health care professionals. Parents shall not attend these sessions.
Sessions are free but reservations are requested. Childcare is not provided. With the exception of infants, we request that you do not bring children to the presentations.
Speaker and topics for the 2017-2018 year include:
Catherine Whitcher, IEP Goal Writing & Advocacy
Rhonda Sullivan, Nutritional Information for Individuals with Down Syndrome
Marilyn Bull, Health Care Information for Families of Children with Down syndrome
Terry Katz, Sleepless Children and Exhausted Parents - Understanding Sleep Problems and Exploring Solutions
Keith Allen, Behavioral Support for Children with Down Syndrome
Nebraska Medicaid, New Changes in 2017
Speaker and topics for the 2015-2016 year include:
Stacy Taylor, Toilet Training and Behavioral Strategies
Susan Ellis, Visual Learning
Dennis McGuire, Fostering Independence
Marilyn Tolbert, Tips for Successful Transitions
Gretchen Carroll, IEP Toolkit
Dr. Brian Belden & Dr. Cy Nadler, Behavior
Jawanda & Rachel Mast, Advocacy and Social Inclusion
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Disability Division
Project SEARCH, Employment Transition Program
James Tews, Special Needs Estate Planning
Amelis Long, ENABLE Savings Plans
Speakers and topics for the 2014-2015 year include:
Jennifer Bekins, SLP
Kim Voss, Learning by Design
Natalie Hale, Reading
Sara Hart Weir, NDSS President
David Scott & Panel, Project SEARCH (Transition Program)
Stacy Taylor, M.A., Understanding and Treating Problem Behaviors in Individuals with Down Syndrome
Christopher Kliewer, Ph.D., Inclusion & Literacy
DS-Connect™: The Down Syndrome Registry
Patti McVey, IEP Topics
Dr. William Mobley, Ph.D., Neuroscientist, Alzheimers and Down Syndrome
Brian Skotko, M.D., Genetisist, Keeping Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome Healthy
Sally Shott, ENT, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Ear, Nose, and Throat Problems in Down Syndrome
Terri Couwenhoven, Issues and Concerns During Puberty