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Join Us for our Upcoming Webinars

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) and the Autism Society of America have two of the most widespread and effective grassroots advocacy networks in the country. While their policy teams in Washington DC often work together on the federal level on issues ranging from education to employment, health care, Medicaid and more and have expertise across many areas, both organizations recognize that it is the voices of local self-advocates, their families and other allies that truly make the difference. Join NDSC Policy & Advocacy Director Heather Sachs and Autism Society Vice President of Public Policy Kim Musheno, along with an experienced grassroots advocacy self-advocate, as they discuss the basics of advocacy, why it is important to become engaged, and what steps you can take to help NDSC and Autism Society achieve their policy goals to improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, autism, and other disabilities.

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is a way for people with disabilities to make their own decisions, by using family members, friends, professionals, and other people they trust to help understand the issues and choices being faced. In this webinar, the presenter will discuss what SDM means in practical, everyday terms; why SDM is important in the lives of people with disabilities; and how SDM can be used to promote self-determination. She will also share updates on ways in which SDM is being advanced on the local, state, and federal levels across the United States.

Can’t make the webinar?  No problem, register for the event and you will receive a link to view the recording. All webinar recordings should be available within one week of a live broadcast.

More great webinars coming soon. In the meantime, check out one of our Archived Webinars that you might have missed!

Access recordings from past webinars

Archived Webinars

Tue, May 14, 2019 – Decline in Skills
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Webinar Decline in Skills Slides

People with Down syndrome may have a decline in skills for a variety of reasons.  Much of the focus has been on Alzheimer’s disease but there are many causes, most of which are potentially reversible.  A thorough evaluation, with particular emphasis on conditions that are more common in people with Down syndrome is essential.  Treatment of these conditions will often lead to an improvement in symptoms. Presented by Dr. Brian Chicoine.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – When Autism and Down Syndrome Co-Occur
View the recording on Co-occurring Autism and DS
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What does the science say?  What are the benefits of knowing?  Will this impact services for my child?
These questions and more are answered during a webinar presented with our friends from the Autism Society of America.

March 12, 2019 – Convention 101

NDSC Staff members provide an overview of the NDSC Convention. Learn about conference options for the entire family, social and networking events on-site, and how the registration system works.

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March 7, 2019 – Transitioning to Adulthood Without Falling off a Cliff

In this webinar, Dr. Alyssa Siegel, Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Transition to Adulthood Comprehensive Care, will address the common challenges that families face during this exciting but daunting time. In conversation with Stephanie Pratico, family-centered care educator and advocate, and parent of two young adults with Down syndrome, this experienced team will delineate planning strategies and solutions that will allow families to fly rather than fall as they approach the transition to adulthood.

View recording on Transitioning

January 17, 2019 – How Your Nonprofit Organization Can – and Why it Should – Engage in Grassroots Advocacy
View recording on Member Engagement

The NDSC & DSAIA a co-hosted webinar regarding how to keep your membership informed and engaged in policy issues, build relationships with elected officials, and serve as the voice of the local Down syndrome community to promote policy change.

October 16, 2018 – Why You Should Care About the Midterm Elections
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The NDSC’s knowledgeable Policy & Advocacy Team provide an inside look at the issues, what’s at stake, and how you can talk to the candidates.

May 24, 2018 – Communicating Your Vision: Using The Future to Find Your Now
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Presented by Kristin Enriquez, founder of Sevi’s Smile.  This webinar explores the importance of creating a Vision for your child.  Potential starting points and supports for the development of this Vision will be discussed. Emphasis on how to communicate this Vision effectively with your child’s Educational Team, in order to build capacity for increasing experiences of access and opportunity for people with Down syndrome, including the use of a Digital Portfolio.

April 26, 2018 – Behavior and Mental Health: The Missing Piece in the Wellness Puzzle for Adults with Down syndrome
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In this webinar, Bryn Gelaro, AM, LSW, Director of Adult Initiatives and Special Projects for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, addresses the crucial role behavior and mental health play in the overall health of adults with Down syndrome. Behavior and mental health are intricately connected to physical health, but this can be overlooked, misinterpreted or not looked at in the context of the complete health care picture for adults with Down syndrome.

February 22, 2018 – Ask the Expert – Puberty, Sexuality & Relationships
View recording on Sexuality
Dating FAQ’s
Puberty, Sexuality & Relationships Resource Sheet
Adult Down Syndrome Center Resources

Presented by Terri Couwenhoven, MS, the clinic coordinator and health educator for the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, this webinar will give you the opportunity to “Ask the Expert” your questions about puberty, sexuality, and relationships for teens and adults with Down syndrome and developmental disabilities.

January 31, 2018 – Adopting a Child with Down syndrome
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Presented by Stephanie Thompson, Director, this webinar will introduce families to the National Down Syndrome Adoption network and provide information and resources to families who are interested in adopting a child who has Down syndrome within the United States (also known as “domestic adoption”). The adoption process will be explained, from how to obtain a home study to the finalization process.

November 29, 2017 – Accommodations & Modifications
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Presentation Slides on Accommodations & Modifications
Other resources

Presented by Julie Harmon, Inclusion Coordinator at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (and NDSC Board member).  This webinar explores how the use of accommodations and modifications can be a key to meaningful participation in the general education classroom for students with disabilities.

October 26, 2017 – Improving Behaviors
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Sam Towers, M.Ed., owner of Towers Behavior Services, LLC is a behavior analyst who has spent 25 years providing services to individuals with disabilities who exhibit problem behavior. In addition, he has served as a special educator and has trained special education teachers at the University of Kentucky. In addition, Towers authored the chapter “Addressing Problem Behaviors in Individuals with DS-ASD” in the book “When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect”.

September 14 – ABLE Accounts: People with Down Syndrome are Finally #ABLEtoSave for the Future!
Heather Sachs (1st session) – View recording on ABLE Accounts
Chris Rodriguez (2nd session) –View recording on ABLE Accounts

Chris Rodriguez and Heather Sachs from the ABLE National Resource Center walk participants through a primer on ABLE accounts and how to use them, including what they are and who can qualify for one; what the rules are regarding eligibility, distributions, and account limits; how to open an ABLE account and manage the funds; how the funds in ABLE accounts may be used; and which states are offering ABLE accounts and how these ABLE programs differ.

August 29, 2017 – Include Me! Including Young Children in Early Childhood Programs –
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Presented by Gerin Martin, Ed.D, this webinar is for parents of children with developmental disabilities, aged 2-5. Inclusion, at any level, is an art in partnerships. Learn what high-quality inclusion in an early childhood classroom should look like and how to partner with the early childhood professionals working with your child, in order to carry over skills at home.