Why should I attend a Pre-Conference session?
Attending a Pre-Conference session gives you the chance to spend four hours digging deep into one specific topic. The sessions, presented by nationally known speakers, are structured to include content that is research-based, share best practices, and provide proven “how to” strategies. All sessions will include time for Q & A.
Pre-Conference sessions will be held on Friday, June 26 from 8:00am – 12:30pm.
Pre-Conferences are not included in your general convention registration and require an additional registration fee and the selection of one of 10 Pre-Conferences offered. Pre-Conference registration and selection is an option included in the annual convention registration process. (Please note: You are not required to register for the general convention to attend a Pre-Conference. You may check only the box for Pre-Conferences.)
Pre-Conference handouts are issued only to the person registered for the session.
Space may be limited in some sessions, so register early. On-site registration cannot be guaranteed.
- Pre-Conference A: Advocacy Boot Camp
Advocacy Boot Camp: Producing Effective Federal, State, and Local Advocates
The session will be lead by NDSC’s Governmental Affairs Director, Susan Goodman and Senior Policy Advisor, Ricki Sabia. They will be joined by national and local advocates, Michelle Livingston, Patti Saylor, Joe Meares, Angela Jarvis-Holland, Stephanie Smith Lee, Julie Harmon, J.J. Rico as well as self-advocates, Daniel Chaplin and Tony Piontek.More details on Pre-Conference A
- Pre-Conference B: Early Intervention
E.I., E.I., OH! – Adventures in Early Intervention
Stacy Taylor, MA, BCBA, President, Advance Behavior & Learning and Advance Learning Academy, daughter with DS, Orlando, FLMore details on Pre-Conference B
- Pre-Conference C: Effective Education
Setting the Stage for Effective Education
Dana L. Halle, JD, Executive Director, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County, Vice President, Education and Outreach, Down Syndrome Education USA, NDSC Board Member, son with DS, Orange County, CAMore details on Pre-Conference C
- Pre-Conference D: Speech Intelligibility
- Targeting Speech Intelligibility Difficulties in Children and Adults with DS
Libby Kumin, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Author, Loyola University, Baltimore, MDMore details on Pre-Conference D
- Pre-Conference E: Technology
- Technology Today & Tomorrow: Tools For Home and Classroom
Sean Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas, son with DS, Lawrence, KSMore details on Pre-Conference E
- Pre-Conference F: Employment
- Tapping into Hidden Human Capital: Global Journey of Successful Employment of Persons with DS
Debra Ruh, Global Disability Inclusion Strategist, G3ict Employability & Technology Chair, Ruh Global Communications, daughter with DS, Rockville, VAMore details on Pre-Conference F
- Pre-Conference G: When Behaviors Challenge Us
- What to do When Behaviors Challenge Us: Identifying Meaning and Teaching Alternatives
Scott Shepard, Director of Avenues Supported Living Services, Professor at CSU Northridge, Cal-TASH Board Member, Valencia, CAMore details on Pre-Conference G
- Pre-Conference H: When DS and Autism Intersect
- When DS and Autism Intersect: Gaining a Better Understanding of DS-ASD
Margaret Froehlke, RN, BSN; Sarah Hartway, RN, MS; and Robin Zaborek, all representatives of the Down Syndrome-Autism Connection, including two seasoned parents of children with DS-ASD, Denver, COMore details on Pre-Conference H
- Pre-Conference I: Mi hijo se está haciendo adulto
- Mi hijo se está haciendo adulto. ¿Qué hacemos ahora?
Jesús Flórez, MD, PhD, Presidente de la Fundación Iberoamericana Down 21, EspañaMore details on Pre-Conference I