FRIDAY: Parking passes are required for Parking Garage A at http://www.dsacf.org/?attachment_id=1834. And all sessions and events are held in the Teaching Academy Building/College of Education.
2-5pm DS Group Leaders
6-9pm Spring Fling Dance for Self -Advocates & Opening Session featuring JoAnn Simons and “I am More” film
SATURDAY: No parking passes required for any garage parking. All sessions are held in the Student Union. Self-Advocates check in on 1st floor by Pegasus Ballroom and all others check in on 3rd Floor 8:30-9am.
9am-5pm Plenary and workshop sessions
1-2:30pm Community Champions Awards Banquet
Project Windmill Blows Again! DSACF is getting ready for World Down Syndrome Day 2014…not just for the day but the entire month of March. Once again Project Windmill will blow through our offices. Honor a loved one, a community champion, your family with a pinwheel (our version of the windmill). Project Windmill was born in reference to “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley as she describes what it is to be a parent of a child with special needs. This beautiful poem illustrates the journey of parenthood through a surprise trip to Holland. DSACF honors this journey with our windmills…to showcase the power of our community. Join today and purchase your “windmill” and your pinwheel will be placed in the front yard of the DSACF offices. Moved by the wind and placed by a caring these windmills will dot the yard each representing a family, a loved one and together shows the strength and pride of the Down syndrome community. To purchase your “windmill” please visit www.dsacf.org or call 407-478-5621. Together we can make Central Florida our very own Holland! If you have a business and would like to participate in the 3rd Annual Project Windmill please contact Edward DeAguilera at 407-478-5621.
On Tuesday, Feb. 18, PRWeb went live with an article about a recent and generous donation from a soldier who won a Gold’s Gym Dr. Phillips contest. The soldier, along with Gold’s Gym and TAG Business Strategies, donated checks and a 60-inch television to benefit the programs and offerings of the DSACF’s Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (DADS) community group. Unfortunately, the press release used the incorrect name in the headline and body of the story, referring to the group as Dads Against Down Syndrome. DSACF is working actively with representatives from TAG and Gold’s Gym Dr. Phillips to issue a corrected press release and has also already been in contact with DADS National. DSACF is committed to all individuals with Down syndrome and believe strongly in their value to our families and society. Words DO matter. We apologize for any confusion.
You asked for it and you got it! A FREE 4-week sign language class for parents and caregivers of children with Down syndrome is starting next Monday and will be held weekly from 7-8:30pm at 204 N. Wymore Rd., Winter Park. It is free to DSACF members and $25 for non-members. The instructor is a certified behavior analyst. Please register by Feb. 10 at http://www.dsacf.org/?attachment_id=1807.
University of Central Florida
2-8 Friday, March 7 Pre-Conference Sessions
8:30-5 Saturday, March For the current list of workshop titles and presenters (subject to change and we are still adding additional nationally recognized experts in the DS Community), visit: Current Workshop Topics 2014 Further details about our keynote presenters will be mailed with registration packets as well as available in the program at the event. Questions? Contact us at 407.478.5621.
Know someone or know a company/corporation/organization that goes the extra mile to promote awareness of Down syndrome? That personifies the world of inclusion? That advocates for the Down syndrome world?
Nominate by January 27 for our Community Champion Awards Dinner at the Florida DS Conference on March 8, 2014.
Join Miss Halle and Miss Jenna for an hour of dance/movement. Free, but registration required. All ages.
DSACF is looking for individuals with Down syndrome, those with extensive marketing and PR experience, and individuals who live in Volusia, Osceola, Lake or other outlying counties to serve on next year’s board of directors. If you fit any of this criteria or have other unique talents that would help to serve all individuals with Down syndrome and their families, fill out a board candidate packet: MASTER PACKET for Potential DSACF Board Candidates2014 . Applications are open to everyone over the age of 18 and we would love to hear from you!
Are you ready for IEP season? Let a pro help you! Whether your student is about to start preschool or is closer to transitioning out of high school! Join Dr. Jonathan McIntire as he explores how to best be ready to get the most out of your team meeting and Individual Education Plan this year. Q and A time, too. Webinar is free, but registration required.