DSES - Advocates in Action - Marcus & Mardra Sikora

Tuesday, October 16, 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 and educators with information that will positively impact the education and well-being of their child.

Keynote: Advocate Stories: Listen, Respond, Amplify

The most powerful messages of advocacy come from personal stories. This presentation includes several examples of advocates from around the world teaching, sharing, and entertaining.

With the guidance of Marcus, we will discuss the key elements that make a compelling story for you to include in your own advocacy. Remember, stories aren’t just for authors and artists! Every job resume’ and interview tells a story, every “One-Pager” introduction presented to teachers and professionals contains a story, and your social networks are full of micro-stories shared every day. Mardra and Marcus will give you tips on choosing your message to make the greatest impact.

BONUS: With Halloween just around the corner, there will also be treats and a monster rock band video, too!

Bio:
Marcus Sikora, is a storyteller, actor, and advocate. His first published book for children, Black Day: The Monster Rock Band, released in June 2015 and followed shortly with the animated short. He has modeled for the cover of Down Syndrome World Magazine, and has done interviews and presentations for the media and groups of all sizes, including at the United Nations in 2017 and the World Down Syndrome Congress in 2018.

Mardra Sikora, Marcus’ mother, believes in the power of words and uses both fiction and non-fiction to advocate for and with Marcus. In addition to award winning essays and short fiction, she is co-author of The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome (2016, Simon and Schuster) and has work featured on many national online outlets including The HuffPost.

*Registration will close Monday, October 15th 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.