As part of our ongoing efforts to provide educational resources to educators and parents, we host an annual full-day seminar with a nationally renowned speaker in the special education field. Typically held in September or October, event attendees consistently provide positive feedback about the information and resources they take away. It’s not only a day for learning from the experts, but also an incredible opportunity to network with other educators and parents from across Texas.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
8134 Mesa Drive; Austin, TX 78731

“Inclusion is More Than Just ‘Being In’: Strategies & Tools that Support Full Participation and Learning of Students with Down Syndrome”

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Inclusion in Action! Join us for a hands-on, active day with Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Ph.D., an international expert on the inclusion of students with Down syndrome. Come prepared to “make and take” a variety of tools and strategies that you can put to use immediately to promote the membership, participation, social relationships, and learning of students with disabilities in general education classes. You will practice making tools such as an IEP matrix, a general education lesson participation plan, a plan to improve your students’ social belonging and relationships, grade-level adapted text, visual supports tied to the curriculum, and more.

About Dr. Jorgensen:
Cheryl M. Jorgensen has worked for 34 years in the field of inclusive education for students with significant disabilities as a researcher, policy analyst, professional development and technical assistant provider, university faculty member, and a founder of the Center for Inclusive Education at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Jorgensen established and taught many courses in two graduate degree programs that she established: the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Inclusion Facilitator teacher certification program and the Autism Graduate Certificate program. In 2008 Dr. Jorgensen was awarded the National Down Syndrome Congress Educator Award for pioneering research on inclusive education for children with Down syndrome. Her fifth book about inclusive education was published by Paul H.Brookes, titled It’s More Than “Just Being In”: Creating Authentic Inclusion for Students with Complex Support Needs.


DSACT’s annual Education Seminar is right around the corner, and we want you AND teachers and administrators from all education areas - general education, special education, paraprofessionals, principals, assistant principals, and others - to join us! Help us spread the word by talking to your child’s school teachers and administrators. We firmly believe that when educators work together, education is better for all students, regardless of their ability.

  1. Use the “Invitation for educators from parents” button below to access the letter and make copies as needed.

  2. Fill in the teachers’ and administrators’ names.

  3. Sign your name at the bottom.

  4. Distribute to your child’s education team with the flyer below and follow up with them to see when they register!

Don’t forget to register yourself!

Please call us at (512) 323-0808 or email DSACT Education Manager Peggy Wolf at peggy.wolf@dsact.org if you have questions or concerns. We look forward to hosting you AND your child’s educators!