Pre-Conference Sessions

Friday, June 26, 8:00am to 12:30pm
These 4-hour sessions take your learning to another level and enable you to dig deeper into one specific topic with nationally-known speakers. While ten sessions are offered, you’ll choose just one, and spend the entire morning focusing on the single subject of interest to you. The sessions are structured to share best practices and proven “how to” strategies, while providing research-based content. All sessions will include time for Q&A, and coffee will be provided. For more information on each session please read the complete session descriptions and speaker bios.

Separate registration is required. Session handouts will only be issued to the person registered for that session. Space is limited in some sessions, so register early. On-site registration cannot be guaranteed.

  1. Advocacy Boot Camp: Producing Effective Federal, State, and Local Advocates
    Susan Goodman, JD, Government Affairs Director, NDSC, son with Autism, Olney, MD, and Ricki Sabia, JD, Education Policy Advisor, NDSC, son with DS, Silver Spring, MD
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  2. 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, FL
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  3. 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, CA
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  4. 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, MD
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    *This workshop will be simultaneously translated in Spanish – Disponible con interpretación simultánea al español
  5. Technology Today & Tomorrow: Tools For Home and Classroom Sean Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas, son with DS, Lawrence, KS
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  6. 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, VA
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  7. 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, CA
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  8. 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, CO
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  9. Mi hijo se está haciendo adulto. ¿Qué hacemos ahora?
    Jesús Flórez, MD, PhD, Presidente de la Fundación Iberoamericana Down21, España
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  10. Solidifying a Healthy Foundation for DS Affiliate Organizations
    Jim Hudson, MA, CFRE, Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
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