DSES - Student Empowerment Through Effective Paraeducator Support

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6:30 pm8:30 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, Executive Director Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

Learn How to Advocate for Effective Paraeducator Support for Your Child

*This presentation is open to anyone who would like to attend including parents, caregivers, paraeducators, special education teachers, and classroom teachers.

This presentation will focus on the critical attributes of an effective paraeducator. Strategies will be shared that will ensure needed supports while balancing student empowerment, skill development, and promoting independence in school and beyond. While many educators and family members may see the para as a caretaker, ensuring the child is safe and engaged, the level of support being provided by the para may actually be fostering a level of learned helplessness. Participants will learn how to foster student empowerment, self-regulation, and learning through effective para intervention.

Bio - Amy Allison currently serves as the Executive Director 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 serves 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 will close Monday, September 17th at 10am. Please contact 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.