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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 peggy.wolf@dsact.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

Academics

Behavior

General School Topics

Special Education and the IEP Process

Transition to Adulthood

Notable Websites

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.

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:

Educator Manual

Tips for the Classroom

My Teacher Matters to Me

DS101 for Educators

Communication Strategies for Educators

Peer Presentations (Parents present to class)

upcoming Events

Education Program & Events Brochure

Important Facts

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)
1-877-438-5658

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)