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Improving Behavioral and Academic Outcomes for All

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017; 9:00AM-3:30PM

LOCATION: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church; 8134 Mesa Drive; Austin, TX 78759

Join DSACT and Stacy Taylor as Mrs. Taylor describes innovative, effective teaching strategies and explains the science behind learning and behavior, and how to translate that science into practice. In this conference, participants will learn new ways to help children learn familiar skills by creating an engaging, positive experience.

About Stacy Taylor, MA, B.C.B.A., President Advance Behavior & Learning and Advance Learning Academy; Orlando, FL

Stacy Taylor received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rollins College and completed her Masters degree in Education at the University of Central Florida. For over 15 years, she has worked as an early interventionist and behavior analyst providing services to people with developmental disabilities and learning/behavioral challenges. She has served as director for three clinics and currently owns and operates a 1:1 therapy program, Advance Behavior & Learning, and a fully inclusive private school, Advance Learning Academy, in Central Florida. Mrs. Taylor has worked in a variety of settings including clinics, schools, and homes. In addition to providing 1:1 treatment to children, she has also provided training and consultation to parents, teachers, therapists and agencies. She has spoken at numerous conferences across the country on early intervention and behavioral treatment and served on the board of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. She also enjoys teaching college level courses in inclusion, learning and behavior and provides an internship site to help students gain real-world experience.


EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Every year, DSACT recognizes a superior educator who has changed the lives of his/her students. The winner is announced in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, on March 21st. The 2017 Educator of the Year Award was presented to Pooja Mulgaonker.


RESOURCE CENTER

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.

Topics of interest and Notable websites

Academics

Behavior

General School Topics

Special Education and the IEP Process

Transition to Adulthood

Notable Websites

Legal Services

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

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

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:

School Presentations

Notable Websites

Educator Manual

Down Syndrome: Snapshot for Educators

Tips for the Classroom

My Teacher Matters to Me

DS101 for Educators

Communication Strategies for Educators

Peer Presentations (Parents present to class)

upcoming Events

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)
https://hhs.texas.gov/hhs-services

Home & Community Based Services Program (HCS)
https://hhs.texas.gov/hhs-services