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

Nebraska Medicaid

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