DSES - Educator Session - DS 101

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
4:00 pm6:00 pm
UNO Community Engagement Center Room 231

The Down Syndrome Education Series (DSES) is a monthly educational seminar for families of children with Down syndrome, designed to connect parents with information that will positively impact the education and well-being of their child.

Speaker - Amy Allison, Chief Operating Officer, Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

Down Syndrome 101 for Educators
In this presentation, Amy Allison will discuss the unique learning styles of individuals with Down syndrome along with specific traits that may help you improve the learning environment and interaction with individuals with Down syndrome in your community. This presentation will demonstrate how your school and district can maximize your interactions, instruction and understanding of students so that everyone succeeds. By having an overall better understanding of Down syndrome, you will be able to help your students reach their full potential and help others in your school / classroom benefit from this experience.

DS 101 for Educators will cover the following topics: 
· Common medical issues related to Down syndrome
· Communication issues and strategies for success
· How to improve social skills
· Processing time and memory issues
· Benefits of inclusive education
· Environmental issues which can hamper success
· Ways to adapt the curriculum
· Peer presentations to increase friendships
· Behavior intervention strategies
· Preferred teaching methods
Don’t miss this chance to gain a better understanding of how the diagnosis of Down syndrome affects learning and how you can best support your student. Time will be allotted to answer attendee questions.

Bio - Amy Allison currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City (DSG). DSG, founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated parents of children with Down syndrome, provides programs and services to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. DSG serves over 800 families caring for a loved one with Down syndrome in the greater Kansas City area on both sides of the state line.

In addition to her work with DSG, Amy Allison served as a member of the Board of Directors for Down Syndrome Affiliates In Action (DSAIA). In 2009, Amy’s leadership and expertise helped DSAIA organize a conference in Washington DC where more than 300 Down syndrome advocates from 35 states gathered at the U.S. capitol to lobby Capitol Hill. The purpose of this effort was to seek federal funds to help spread accurate information about prenatally diagnosed disabilities and to raise additional support for Down syndrome related causes.

Amy received a double bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Brigham Young University.

*Registration closes Monday, September 17th at 10am. Please email Leah at janke@dsamidlands.org if you miss the deadline and would like to attend.
**Childcare is not provided. With the exception of infants, we request that you refrain from bringing children to this event.