Down Syndrome Programming

2017 Symposium

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Reading Strategies for Home and Home-school

Presented by Dr. Kathleen Whitbread
Associate Professor of Education, University of St. Joseph
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Holiday Inn Center City, 230 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Hotel parking is adjacent to the venue and accessed via 5th Street or 6th Street.

8:00 am - 9:00 am        Check-In & Continental Breakfast Buffet
9:00 am - 11:30 am       Morning Presentation
11:30 am - 12:30 pm     Plated Lunch
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm       Afternoon Presentation
3:00 pm                        Closing Remarks and Door Prize

Early Bird Pricing (July 15 - Aug 7):        $35 per person
General Pricing (Aug 8 - Sept 18):          $45 per person
Day-of-Event (cash, check or credit):     $80 per person

Session Description:
Early reading skills are essential to academic success, yet many children with Down syndrome have received inadequate or ineffective reading instruction.  This presentation will explore current research, best practices, and practical strategies for teaching reading to your child with Down syndrome.  The results of a national survey on the literacy experiences of children with Down syndrome will also be shared, highlighting home-based practices that will support your child’s reading growth.
About the Presenter:

Kathleen WhitbreadKathleen Whitbread has provided training and technical assistance to school district, families and community organizations for more than 25 years.  Dr. Whitbread specializes in evidence-based educational practices for students with significant disabilities, with specific expertise in literacy instruction for students with intellectual disabilities.  Dr. Whitbread has extensive experience in creating meaningful, legally correct Individual Education Programs (IEPs).  She maintains an active Comprehensive Special Education teaching license for K-12 and earned her Associate level certificate in Orton Gillingham reading methodology from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators in 2012.


Carolinas Down Syndrome Conference

In 2016, the Carolinas Down Syndrome Conference was held over two days. Day 1 was Educator Day and Day 2 was Family Day. See below for full details.

Educator Day (Download the Brochure)
National and local speakers will present to Teachers, Administrators, Therapists and Allied Professionals. These presentations will be geared toward those who are actively working in a classroom setting with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The presenters will offer a more in-depth professional development workshop for attendees.

Morning Session:
Supporting Efficient Progress from Emergent Literacy to Conventional Literacy presented by Dr. David Koppenhaver

Afternoon Session:
Behavior Supports in a Classroom Setting presented by Dr. Kenna Colley

Continuing Education Units will be available for an additional fee.

Family Day (Download the Brochure)
National and local speakers will present on a wide range of topics for Parents and Caregivers, including the following topics:

  • How to be an Effective Political Advocate
  • Down Syndrome and Co-Occuring Medical Conditions
  • Introduction to North Carolina Innovations Waivers
  • Supported Housing Opportunities
  • Health and Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome
  • Effective Behavior Supports
  • College Opportunities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Literacy for Children with Significant Disabilities
  • and more!

Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome (age 15+) will also have learning opportunities and fun in a track of their own.

Information Sessions

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte provides informational sessions for parents, caregivers and professionals in our community to educate them on issues that may be of interest or helpful in raising their loved one with Down syndrome. All Info Sessions are free of charge and open to the public. We provide child care on site. Recent sessions have covered topics such as
* Special Needs Financial Planning
* The ABLE Act
* Toileting Skills
* Early Intervention
* Special Alternative Curriculum (SAC) Classrooms
* Inclusion-Based Classrooms
* What Siblings of People with Down Syndrome are Thinking
* IEP 101
* S.M.A.R.T. Goal Writing
* Occupational Therapy Around the House
* Hippotherapy (Therapeutic Horseback Riding)

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