As part of the joint education collaboration between NDSC and NDSS, NDSC Senior Education Policy Advisor Ricki Sabia and NDSS VP of Advocacy & Public Policy Heather Sachs will present a joint webinar on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and grassroots advocacy for education reform.
As one of the leading experts on ESSA, Ms. Sabia will explain why this law is important for IDEA implementation, its key provisions affecting students with disabilities, and the important role it is expected to play in future federal education legislation. She will also summarize state action and trends in ESSA implementation, as well as the significance of the regulations and guidance to be issued by the US Department of Education. Ms. Sachs will address ways in which advocates can monitor ESSA implementation and other education legislation, as well as join with other advocates to make the collective voice of the disability community heard to keep standards and accountability high for all students.
Using ESSA for Improved IDEA Implementation
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 ~ 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern
Also during October, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness month.
4 easy steps to join the #DSchat2016 Twitter Chat:
Log-in: log into your Twitter account (or create one).
Search: Search for the designated hashtag #DSchat2016 of the chat on twitter.com or the Twitter app. Make sure to click “live” or “all tweets” (otherwise you will see only the tweets twitter considers the most important, which makes conversation difficult).
Find: Look for questions tweeted by @AUCDnews. They will be prefaced Q1, Q2, etc.
Share: When tweeting, use the designated chat hashtag. If responding to a specific question, preface your answer with A1, A2, etc. as it corresponds to Q1, Q2, etc.
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 English. 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.
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. This survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete.
We’re making plans for our 45th Annual Convention next summer, and are hopeful that you’re planning to join us! Save the date for our sapphire celebration in Sacramento, July 20-23, 2017.
The Call for Speakers is now open. The Convention Planning Committee is seeking proposals for the general convention workshop cycles geared for parents, family members, and professionals. The Youth & Adult Conference Support Team is looking for engaging self-advocates (individuals with DS age 15 and older) to share their talents, experiences and perspectives with their peers. Proposals are only accepted via the online forms on our website. Deadline to submit proposals is January 4, 2017
Be a Global Champion for Down Syndrome
It only takes a moment to sign, but can make a big difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome. NDSC supports Global’s call for more funding for research on Down syndrome. You can help by clicking here to add your name as they urge the White House, Congress, and NIH to make Down syndrome research funding a national priority, and in turn, discover therapies and cures to major diseases that could be life-saving.
Were you watching?
Thank you to all who voted for the NDSC bow tie during the social media campaign earlier this month. We earned a place around Ken Rosenthal’s neck for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), on Saturday, October 15 on Fox Sports.
You can still get one of your own! As a BowTie Cause partner, we have the official NDSC bow tie available for purchase on our website for $35 each.