Conferences 2019-11-22T17:03:26+00:00

Our Annual Conference

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 in providing the Disability Education and Transition Conference each year since 2013 and serving over 400 educators and parents each year.

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Join 400 parents, educators and other professionals representing 43+ school districts from throughout Virginia joined together for a day of learning, networking and inspirations.  The keynote speaker Dr. Julie Causton will speak on the “Heartset of Inclusive Education” and then provide three breakout sessions.  Charlotte Woodward,  our lunch speaker,  will inspire the audience with her life at George Mason University. The Transition Conference is back again for parents and educators of transition age students. 

30+  exhibitors will provide resources and services. Self-advocates may introduce speakers as session hosts and greet the attendees. Volunteers are needed to keep the conference running smoothly.  We will once again honor educators with the Outstanding Educator Awards at lunch.  We always appreciate the sponsors that allow us to offer this conference at a low-cost to all attendees!

For more information, sponsoring, or exhibits, contact – education@dsagr.org

Keynote and Breakout Sessions – Dr. Julie Causton

Julie Causton is founder and CEO of Inclusive Schooling. She is a former Professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University. She has spent the past 20 years studying best practices for inclusive education and as a former elementary, middle and high school special education teacher herself, she knows firsthand how inclusion leads to better outcomes for students.

She is an educational consultant and works with administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and families across the country to help them promote and improve inclusive practices. Her dynamic presentations focus on engaging ways to educate all students within the context of general education. Julie is the author of many books about inclusive education and she has published articles in over thirty educational research and practitioner journals.

 

Lunch Speaker – Charlotte Woodward

Charlotte is a Community Outreach Associate with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). She is currently attending George Mason University working on a B.A. She earned an associate’s degree from the Northern Virginia Community College and graduated from Fairfax High School with a standard diploma. Charlotte was born with a heart condition and had four open-heart surgeries when she was young and recently became one of the very few people born with Down syndrome to receive a life-saving heart transplant! Her motto is to always give back to others, and she loves to have bake sales and donate the proceeds to various charities. These fundraising efforts have led to some exciting opportunities to give motivational speeches. She hopes to pursue a career as an author, professional baker, event planner and motivational speaker. She is determined to do her best to help ALL people with special needs!

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Join 400 parents, educators and other professionals representing 40+ school districts from throughout Virginia joined together for a day of learning, networking and inspirations.  The keynote speaker Dr. Paula Kluth will answer “Don’t We Already Do Inclusion” and then provide three breakout sessions.  Kayla McKeon,  our lunch speaker,  will inspire the audience with her story of being a lobbyist in Washington DC and one again the Transition Conference for parents and educators of transition age students will be back.

30+  exhibitors will provide resources and services including PEATC who will provide individual IEP consultations to parents. Self-advocates may introduce speakers as session hosts and greet the attendees. Volunteers are needed to keep the conference running smoothly.  We will once again honor educators with the Outstanding Educator Awards at lunch.  We always appreciate the sponsors that allow us to offer this conference at a low-cost to all attendees!

Keynote and Breakout Sessions – Dr. Paula Kluth

Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, teacher, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities, and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction, active learning, and inclusive schooling.

She is the author of numerous books and products including Universal Design Daily, 30 Days to the Co-taught ClassroomDon’t We Already Do Inclusion?From Text Maps to Memory Caps100 More Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms, and You’re Going to Love This Kid!.  Paula is also the director of a documentary film titled We Thought You’d Never Ask: Voices of People with Autism.

Lunch Speaker – Kayla McKeon

Kayla serves as manager of grassroots advocacy for the National Down Syndrome Society including creating demand for employment for those with Down syndrome.  She is the first registered lobbyist with Down syndrome in Washington.  Her responsibilities include educating others about the demand for employment among those with Down syndrome and representing the organization on Capitol Hill.


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