We are dedicated to providing information and materials that you can use to be empowered to teach your child or student 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.
vela spring transition workshops
Vela is offering two (English and Spanish) transition workshops in March. The focus will be on Transition ARDs, post-secondary education, and employment opportunities. These workshops are for families with children ages 12+ years with special needs.
Topics of interest and Notable websites
- Teaching Money Skills: Coins
- Teaching Money Skills: Bills
- Tips for Working with your Child
- Daily Math Practice
- DSACT App Day - Notable Apps
- Locking your iPad - restricted access
- DSFOC - Learning Program Materials
- See and Learn
- Reading Comprehension
- Behavior 101
- Using Visuals to Support Independence & Behavior
- Handling Challenging Behavior - Step One
- Handling Challenging Behavior - Step Two
- Avoiding Power Struggles
- Fading Prompts to Create Independence
- Personal Boundaries, Social Expectations, Acceptance & Safety
General School Topics
- Letter to parents in your child's class
- How to Choose a School District
- Introduce your Child to School Staff
- Executive Functioning - Why it is Important
Special Education and the IEP Process
- IEP Overview or Admission, Review and Dismissal Meeting
- Criteria for well written Individual Education Plan Goals and Objectives
- Educational Assistants 101
- Defining Terms Used by Parents & Teachers
- What to Consider When Determining Placement
Transition to Adulthood
- General Topics
- Autism & Down syndrome
- IEP Topics
- Transition to Adulthood
- Kid Friendly Websites
Highly Recommended agency supports
All parents should register with both of the following programs. Waiting lists are 10 years long so your child is never too young to get on the list.
Community Living & Support Services (CLASS)
Home & Community Based Services Program (HCS)
Special Education Legal Consultations
DSACT is pleased to offer to DSACT members a free, one-time legal consultation on special education issues only. A consultation will last up to two hours. Our consultations generally focus on inclusion/placement in the least restrictive classroom environment and provision of appropriate supports and services, including modifying the curriculum. The consultation's purpose will be to help you be a better advocate for your student by giving you legal information about your special education issue. DSACT does not provide legal consultations about placement in private schools, preschool services or services after 12th grade. Our services do not include help with mediation, due process hearings or complaints to state or federal agencies. The DSACT attorney does not accompany you to meetings with school staff, including ARD meetings.
To request a special education legal consultation, complete and submit the "DSACT Special Education Legal Consultation Request Form." We will usually be able to notify you within 5-7 days after you have submitted the form if we can provide you with a legal consultation for your special education issue.
Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Their mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society.
Attorneys and advocates fulfill the mission in the following ways:
- Provide direct legal assistance to people with disabilities whose rights are threatened or violated
- Protect the rights of individuals and groups of people with disabilities through the courts and justice system
- Educate the public, media, lawmakers, and other concerned groups on issues and trends that effect the rights of people with disabilities
- Inform people with disabilities and family members about their rights
- Make referrals to programs and services
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:
Peer Presentations (Parents present to class)
- 2013 DSACT Peer Presentation PreK to Kinder
- 2013 DSACT Peer Presentation 1st to 5th
- 2013 DSACT Peer Presentation Middle and High School
Access the DSACT 2017-2018 Education Events brochure here.
Access the DSACT 2017-2018 Lunch & Learn Series events here.
vela spring 2018 programs
courses in english
cursos en español
National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Conference; July 12-15, 2018, in Dallas, TX
(English Flyer and Spanish Flyer)
Central Texas Autism Center BRIDGES Program
Bridges offers specialized programming for ages 10 years through adulthood who are looking for the tools they need to achieve lifelong success.