Our Annual Conferences

Each year, the DSAGR attends various events throughout Virginia to continue the development of relationships among Down syndrome awareness groups, families, and individuals with DS. We see firsthand the value of our involvement in these events, and we’re proud to continue our efforts for providing future conferences and gatherings.

5th Annual
“From PossAbilities to Practical Applications”
Education Conference
Registration is Now OPEN

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The 5th Annual “From PossAbilites to Practical Applications” Education Conference will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017  from 9am to 4pm at The Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump.

Join over 300 general and special educators, parents and other professionals from Central Virginia and beyond to discover how to better educate people with disabilities. This full-day conference, hosted by the Down syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR), will kick off with breakfast during the keynote address followed by your choice of nine breakout sessions, lunch and speaker, 20+ exhibitors, networking with professionals and parents, and professional education certificates and more! A full-day conference with many learning opportunities all for $45/pp!

Presented in partnership with VDOE’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC). Sponsored in part by the Virginia Department of Education and the Center for Family Involvement and

Look at what previous attendees said about the conference…

“One of the most informative conferences I have attended”

“Excellent value”    “Inspirational”

 “Bringing my colleagues next year”

“A worthwhile way to spend a Saturday”

For questions or to sponsor or exhibit, contact education@dsagr.com
Exhibitor Information

Keynote speaker… “Seeing My Gifts of Great Ability”

Christi Kasa, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Colorado.  Her teaching, research, and consulting are guided by her passion to create successful inclusive schools for all students. Christi began her career teaching in the public schools of California as a general education teacher, special education teacher, and an inclusion facilitator.

Nominate a teacher, aide, therapist or administrator for the Outstanding Educator Award.
Applications due January 15.


Thank you to speakers –  Cheryl Jorgensen; David Egan, C.J. Butler, ODU; Mona Pruett, Sharon Jones, Chris Frawley and Jackie Neidle T/TAC at VCU;  Daniel Irwin and Marianne Moore, VDOE; Dr. Paul Wehman and Dr. Meg Sander, VCU-RRTC; Karen Dietrich, Loudon County Public Schools.  

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Over 300 parents, educators and other professionals representing 36 school districts from throughout Virginia joined together at the “From PossAbilities to Practical Applications” Education Conference on Saturday for a day of learning, networking and inspiration.

Our keynote speaker, Cheryl Jorgensen kicked off with a message of inclusion and provided three additional inclusion breakout sessions, our lunch speaker, Advocate David Egan touched the hearts and minds of the audience which led to a standing ovation. We are thankful to our additional speakers who shared so much information with our audience.

Our 25 exhibitors that provide resources and services to so many families readily shared their information including PEATC who provided numerous IEP 1:1 consultations.

Our DSAGR self-advocates enjoyed introducing our speakers as session hosts and greeting the attendees.

Many thanks to our volunteers in the blue shirts who kept the conference running smoothly and professionally.

Thank you to the many sponsors that allow us to offer this conference at a low-cost to all attendees.

A special appreciation goes to the educators and professionals that are reaching and teaching the hearts and minds of our children! We know there are many of you making a difference every day and we were thrilled to recognize several great educators on Saturday including our Outstanding Educators – Cory Allen (Cool Spring Elementary, Hanover) and Amanda Cook (Glen Allen High School, Henrico) and Honorable Mention – Lauren McCray (Echo Lake Elementary, Henrico), Marty Moritz (Kaechele Elementary, Henrico) and Sarah Dunn (Gayton Elementary, Henrico).

We wanted to share some of the feedback we have already received:

“there was so much valuable and pertinent information available”

“the conference was extremely well-organized and professional.”

“one of the most inspirational and informative and professional conferences I have ever attended”

We hope to see you back next year!


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