Lori Tullos Barta (1971-2010) was a shining star of light, hope and love for people with Down syndrome in Central Texas and their families. Through her tireless efforts Lori launched numerous Educational Programs that directly benefitted the lives of individuals with Down syndrome including the DSACT Learning Program, Back to School Tools, Parents and Schools in Partnership, Inclusion Solutions and the Educator’s Manual. She was intently focused on DSACT’s mission of including people with Down syndrome in all aspects of our community and ensuring each individual realizes his or her potential. Her energy and legacy continue to be a driving force as DSACT works to provide Programs, Resources, and Services to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, professionals, and the community.

To honor the work and memory of Lori Barta, DSACT will present The Lori Tullos Barta Outstanding Educator Award to three educators on October 19th during the Buddy Walk. It's easy to nominate an educator who has made a difference for your child; please fill out the form below. If you prefer a paper copy you may download and complete it here (English or en Español). Please fax to (512) 451-3110 or scan and email to buddywalk@dsact.com.

You may nominate an educator from any field including teachers, therapists, principals or aids. The deadline for nominations is Monday, September 21st at 5:00 pm. Nominations will be scored based on the following four categories:

Background: Describe time, talent and/or effort given to help those individuals with Down syndrome, and the results achieved through these efforts.

Innovation: Provide evidence of the innovative way this person approached helping those individuals with Down syndrome.

Impact: Describe the impact of support and achievements accomplished through this individuals efforts.

Community: Provide evidence of success in recruiting and motivating others’ to help individuals with Down syndrome.

If you have any questions contact Megan Woodburn at buddywalk@dsact.com. Thank you for spotlighting the good work done by so many of our educators!