Down Syndrome Programming

2017 Symposium

Symposiums are a one-day, in-depth look at a specific topic. We hold a symposium (sometimes two) in a year in which we do not hold a conference. Past symposium topics have included:

* Special Education Law
* Understanding Sexuality in People with Intellectual Disabilities
* Maximizing Communication Skills
* Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach
* Inclusion Works

Carolinas Down Syndrome Conference

In 2016, the Carolinas Down Syndrome Conference was held over two days. Day 1 was Educator Day and Day 2 was Family Day. See below for full details.

Educator Day (Download the Brochure)
National and local speakers will present to Teachers, Administrators, Therapists and Allied Professionals. These presentations will be geared toward those who are actively working in a classroom setting with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The presenters will offer a more in-depth professional development workshop for attendees.

Morning Session:
Supporting Efficient Progress from Emergent Literacy to Conventional Literacy presented by Dr. David Koppenhaver

Afternoon Session:
Behavior Supports in a Classroom Setting presented by Dr. Kenna Colley

Continuing Education Units will be available for an additional fee.

Family Day (Download the Brochure)
National and local speakers will present on a wide range of topics for Parents and Caregivers, including the following topics:

  • How to be an Effective Political Advocate
  • Down Syndrome and Co-Occuring Medical Conditions
  • Introduction to North Carolina Innovations Waivers
  • Supported Housing Opportunities
  • Health and Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome
  • Effective Behavior Supports
  • College Opportunities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Literacy for Children with Significant Disabilities
  • and more!

Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome (age 15+) will also have learning opportunities and fun in a track of their own.

Information Sessions

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte provides informational sessions for parents, caregivers and professionals in our community to educate them on issues that may be of interest or helpful in raising their loved one with Down syndrome. All Info Sessions are free of charge and open to the public. We provide child care on site. Recent sessions have covered topics such as
* Special Needs Financial Planning
* The ABLE Act
* Toileting Skills
* Early Intervention
* Special Alternative Curriculum (SAC) Classrooms
* Inclusion-Based Classrooms
* What Siblings of People with Down Syndrome are Thinking
* IEP 101
* S.M.A.R.T. Goal Writing
* Occupational Therapy Around the House
* Hippotherapy (Therapeutic Horseback Riding)

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