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.
2014-2015 Learning Program
We are pleased to announce the return of The Learning Program ™ and invite you to participate in the 2014/2015 program.
The Learning Program™ provides parents with the understanding of the learning profile of children with Down syndrome along with training and materials to help supplement traditional education. Direct instruction for parents is provided with emphasis on literacy, math, language, fine motor, and social skills. Additionally, parents will receive an array of best practices, resources, and tools for teaching their children.
If you are interested in learning more about the program and registering for the 2014-2015 session, please click here.
Pre-made materials for literacy and math are available for free at http://dsfoc.org/learning-program/lp-archive. These materials are considered best practice for working with students with Down syndrome.
Topics of interest and Notable websites
General School Topics
- Letter to parents in your child's class
- How to Choose a School District
- Introduce your Child to School Staff
Special Education and the IEP Process
- IEP Overview or Admission, Review and Dismissal Meeting
- Criteria for well written Individual Education Plan Goals and Objectives
- Contribute to the IEP Data Bank
- Educational Assistants 101
Transition to Adulthood
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
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 HS
- Down Syndrome & Community Support Presentation
All parents should register with 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) - administered through MHMR, but not based solely on ID eligibility.
512-472-4357 (Travis County)
512-244-8363 (Williamson County)