We are already hard at work on the 2017 Convention, which will take place July 20 – 23 in Sacramento, CA. It is sure to be our best yet!
Award Nominations: Each year we recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements within the Down syndrome community. Do you know of someone who needs to be applauded? Nominations will be accepted until January 30th. For more information about the awards and their history click here and to nominate click here.
Call for Speakers: Our Convention Planning Committee and Y&A Support Team are looking for superstar speakers to present workshops on an array of topics that will appeal to our attendees. Please review our website for guidelines, tips for being selected and additional information. Ready to submit a proposal? You can find the Convention Proposal form here and the Y&A Speaker Proposal form here. Deadline for all proposals is January 4, 2017!
DSFOC and the NDSC Center for Educational Excellence are pleased to invite you to participate in LP Online™ 2016-2017, an online learning community based on The Learning Program™. LP Online™ sessions support the development of reading, comprehension and math skills, and address general topics related to accessing curriculum, fostering independence and memory. Sessions are geared towards supporting parents in the educational process, sharing strategies, resources, and activities to improve academic outcomes for students with Down syndrome. Administrators, teachers, and therapists are also welcome to join. Tuition is $200 for 10 sessions ($20 per month) and includes access to monthly live and recorded webinar presentations (attend live or access the recordings anytime during the program year). LP Online™ makes for a great gift too!
Did someone say gifts?
Are you looking for ornaments, holiday cards, apparel, mugs, or something for someone special? We’re excited for you to see the new holiday merchandise that we have available in our online store!
With our friends at Gigi’s Playhouse, NDSC now offers a line of merchandise that is designed, produced, and mailed to your door by self-advocates. Through their Hugs & Mugs™ program, a merchandise line has been created especially for the NDSC, and we will continue to add new items. Choose from our Holiday Line, #IAMMORE, or NDSC logoed creations.
Please help a genetic counseling graduate student with her thesis project. This project aims to study the satisfaction with the new diagnosis experiences in which a diagnosis of Down syndrome was explained to Hispanic parents of children with Down syndrome. Studies have shown that people who speak Spanish or English as a second language have different experiences in medical settings compared to those who speak only English.
Participation is open to Hispanic parents of children with Down syndrome. The survey is available in both English and Spanish. This survey will ask about your experience with the first in-depth discussion of your child’s diagnosis of Down syndrome and should take 15-20 minutes to complete.