THANK YOU, EDUCATORS!
First and foremost, thank you for all your hard work and for caring about our children. It is appreciated. Click below to download helpful tips and information that you can use in the classroom and share as training information for staff working with students with Down syndrome.
DSACT is dedicated to providing information and materials that empower you to teach your students with Down syndrome. As you plan your approach, remember to focus on their ABILITIES versus disabilities.
If you believe people with Down syndrome can learn, they WILL!
Have questions or concerns? Contact Peggy Wolf, our Education Manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (737) 932-5551.
Presentations and training
We offer presentations to educators and local school districts, community groups, and others to build understanding of the needs of students with Down syndrome. Our Education Manager, Peggy Wolf, is available to consult on an individual basis, as well as provide information and resources. As a former teacher, Peggy understands the demands of your job and the hard work necessary to provide a topnotch education to all students.
We’ve put together several additional resources available for download, including notable websites, tips for the classroom, communication strategies for educators, and more! Find each of these using the buttons below.
Peer presentations help parents provide age-appropriate information about Down syndrome to their’s child’s classmates. If you have a student with Down syndrome in your classroom, you can welcome a parent to use these presentations to help all students feel accepted and valued.
As allowed in our budget, we award stipends to conferences such as the annual Inclusion Works conference. Applications are reviewed by DSACT staff and board members. To be informed of such opportunities, be sure to become a DSACT member here!
Congratulations to the 2019 Inclusion Works stipend recipients:
Brandi Mendoza, Leander ISD, LID Specialist
Jennifer Clark, Leander ISD, Electives teacher
Dana Rathbun, Round Rock ISD, Special Ed teacher
What our 2019 Inclusion Works stipend recipients had to say about their experience:
“What I learned at the conference has surely impacted my perspectives on inclusion, how I will communicate with parents, general education teachers, administrators, how I will plan instruction, and how I will advocate for a more inclusive community at my school… The major takeaway from the conference was seeing first-hand the benefits of inclusion for all and the how- specific steps, proven successful, for schools to become more inclusive. The conference allowed me to meet and learn along-side individuals with a variety of perspectives on inclusion. Being exposed to these perspectives opened my mind and sparked ideas for how I can shape inclusive environments in my classroom and inspire others to do so campus-wide. I've had this feeling that more can be done on my campus and the movement at the conference was validation. How I will share the information with others in the district? I plan discussing my major takeaways with our assistant principal in order to catalyze plans for a more inclusive environment at McNeil.” - Dana Rathbun, Round Rock ISD
“Having the opportunity to attend Inclusion Works! 2019 was an eye-opening experience. As a non-SPED classroom teacher, it allowed me to have conversations with parents and special education teachers that I do not usually have the opportunity or time to have. There is a beautiful level of learning of that happens on the part of everyone in the class because they learn from each other. This conference gave me ideas on how to restructure student groups, the benefit of manipulatives and tangibles to use, and opened my eyes to a whole other side of the parent-teacher-student conversation. In the future, I hope more general education/elective teachers will attend the workshop. I think it provides a safe and neutral place for brainstorming to occur between parents, teachers, and experts to create the best learning experiences for all students!” - Jennifer Clar, Leander ISD