DSA launched the Down Syndrome Education Series (DSES) in October 2014. This series, which received a Global Down Syndrome Educational Grant, is for DSA Members who have family members with Down syndrome. The program 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 a one of the major 3-day DS conferences across the nation. The first month of the quarter will feature a keynote speaker on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. This session will set the general tone for the quarter. Breakout sessions will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of that month and the following 2 months.
Sessions will be held at 6:30 PM at the University of Nebraska Omaha Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center unless otherwise noted on the DSA calendar. The evening presentation is for DSA members only. Sessions are free but reservations are requested. It is only appropriate to bring infants in arms. Childcare is not provided.
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.
Speakers and topics for the 2014-2015 year include:
Jennifer Bekins, SLP
Kim Voss, Learning by Design
Natalie Hale, Reading
Sara Weir, NDSS Interim Vice 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