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Nemours Children's Hospital

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Orlando, FL 32827

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Florida Down Syndrome Conference 2018: Learning With Families, Advocates & Professionals


This 2-day conference will present state-of-the-art information and best practices concerning children and adults with Down Syndrome, their families, and professionals that serve them.

The pre-conference sessions, reception, luncheon, and workshops are all designed to meet the needs of family members, educators, advocates, and health care providers. The conference includes workshops intended to serve every audience.

The 10th Annual Florida Down Syndrome Conference … with nationally acclaimed speakers and resources!

Keynote: William Mobley, MD, PhD, Executive Director, University of California San Diego Down Syndrome Center for Research and Treatment. Dr. Mobley’s research focuses on the neurobiology of neurotropic factor actions (a family of proteins responsible for the growth and survival of developing neurons and the maintenance of mature neurons) and signaling and their link to neuronal dysfunction in developmental and age related disorders of the nervous system. His emphasis on the neurobiology of Down Syndrome has brought new insights into the disease, including possible treatments

Join us for another fun and information-filled two days. The 2018 conference kicks off with a choice of two in-depth pre-conference session options Friday afternoon. Directly following the preconference sessions, join us for the Friday night reception from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and feature film until 8:30pm

A concurrent Self-Advocate conference takes place on Friday evening and Saturday with Self Advocates Spring Fling Dance Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Friday evening. Self-Advocate conference is for adults with Down syndrome for ages 15 and up.

Saturday starts at 8:30am for both Self-Advocates and General Attendees and continues through 5:30pm on Saturday. The full day is packed with resources and information. The general conference includes national experts in advocacy, education, community living and health issues and a choice of SIXTEEN workshops conducted by experts in every aspect of Down syndrome.


Friday, February 16

2:00PM - 8:30PM

Saturday, February 17

8:00AM - 5:00PM


Innovative Effective Teaching Techniques

By Stacy Taylor, MA, BCBA, President and Clinical Director of Advanced Behavior & Learning and National Speaker

Learning is not one size fits all and teaching shouldn’t be either. We must meet our children where they are at and find ways to motivate them to be excited about learning. In this conference, participants will learn new ways to help their child learn some familiar skills. When teaching is fun, and we create an engaging, positive experience, our children will want to be there with us and learning will happen.

IEP from A to Z… Everything you need to know!

Lynn Cyr, IEP Advocate, DSACF Board Member

This workshop is for parents with children in the public school system or looking to enter the public school system with individualized education plans. Learn how IEP components interconnect and get information that will help you produce a comprehensive IEP plan. Attendees will leave informed, confident, and ready to support a child with an IEP.


Friday and Saturday

Don’t miss our Self Advocates Spring Fling! It’s a reception and dance party just for you—from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 16. Join us for food, fun, friendship and dancing. It is a great way to get to know each other before our day of fun and learning on Saturday! Saturday sessions run from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in your registration fee.

Supported by the College of Education and Human Performance at University of Central Florida and for adults with Down syndrome, ages 15 and up, our Self Advocates Conference will feature workshops ranging from advocacy to employment to healthy cooking and dance workouts. It is fun, enriching and empowering — with lots of volunteers to lend support. Care is taken to allow ALL participants to share and shine. Because of our commitment to preparing the best experience for our self-advocates, we are unable to accept onsite registration.


Includes Reception on Friday starting at 5 p.m.; Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Workshops on Saturday.

Early Bird Rates (Early Bird Rate available before January 10, 2018)

DSACF Member _________________________ $49.00

Non-Member ____________________________ $69.00

(become a member for only $20 at www.dsacf.org)

DSACF Member Self-Advocate ___________ $39.00

Non-Member Self-Advocate _______________ $49.00

(become a member for only $20 at www.dsacf.org)

Standard Rates (Standard Rates available January 11 - February 2, 2018)

DSACF Member _________________________ $69.00

Non-Member ____________________________ $89.00

(become a member for only $20 at www.dsacf.org)

DSACF Member Self-Advocate ___________ $49.00

Non-Member Self-Advocate _______________ $69.00

(become a member for only $20 at www.dsacf.org)

(Online Registration closes February 3, 2018)

Onsite Registration ______________________ $99.00

No onsite registration for Self-Advocates


Make funds payable to: DSACF

Mail completed registration form and check to:

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida

204 N. Wymore Road

Winter Park, FL 32789


  • ABLE Accounts (Achieving a Better Life Experience) and what they mean for your family.
  • Adult Siblings: Panel discussions, networking opportunities, and cutting edge research on medical decisions, living arrangements, guardianship options, financial questions, and lifestyle choices.
  • Adult Mental Wellness: The importance of keeping an active mind, information on self-talk, repetitive behaviors, and psychiatric disorders in people with Down syndrome.
  • Cardiac Issues in Children with Down Syndrome: Panel
  • Educational Options Panel: Homeschooling, private school, inclusion, special education, and types of scholarships available. Get comprehensive education information specific to each educational option.
  • Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders in Children with Down Syndrome
  • Guardianship: What EVERY parent needs to prepare for their child turning 18.
  • How to Best Support Your Patients with Down Syndrome: for Healthcare Professionals
  • Independent and Supported Living Options Panel: Group homes, supported living complexes (feat. Debbie Revels from DSA Jacksonville to speak on Jacksonville Ark Village), in-home supports and more.
  • Nutrition: Eat Right, Future Bright: Tricks for Healthy Habits and a Healthy Weight
  • Navigating and Organizing Medical Insurance for Families: How not to fall off the cliff when climbing the mountain
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Individuals with Down Syndrome: A Comprehensive Approach
  • Puberty, Sexuality, and Relationships for Teens and Adults.
  • What Comes After High School? Panel: Employment, college, and other opportunities… identify your son or daughter’s strengths and how they can best utilize them.
  • Speech: Therapy, language, oral motor, articulation, and everything else you want to know about speech!
  • Sibling Issues For Parents… What Your Other Children Are Thinking.

Anyone is welcome to join any workshop—no need to preregister for specific tracks.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 2:00PM—8:30PM

1:45 - 2:15PM Pre-conference Registration Check-in

2:15 - 5:15PM Pre-Conference Sessions: Shake it Off – Effective, Relatable Strategies to Help Improve Behavior at All Ages and Stages; Keeping Children And Adolescents With Down Syndrome Healthy: All The Medical Updates That Parents Need To Know; IEP Basics… Everything you need to know!

5:30 - 7:00PM Opening Reception

5:30 - 8:30PM Spring Fling and Dance Party for Self-Advocates

7:00 - 8:30PM Film Screening

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015 8:00AM—5:30PM

8:00 – 8:30AM REGISTRATION/Check-in and Breakfast

8:25AM Prize Giveaway

8:30AM Welcome by Janet Caramello and Janet Benge DSACF

8:40AM Inspirational Message

9:00 - 10:00AM Dr. William Mobley

10:15 - 11:15AM Workshop Sessions A

11:30AM- 12:30PM Workshop Sessions B

12:30 - 2:00PM LUNCH

Self-Advocate Keynote Speaker

Community Champions Awards Presentation, Jim Payne, Master of Ceremonies

2:15 - 3:15PM Workshop Sessions C

3:30 - 4:25PM Workshop Sessions D

4:30-5:00PM Closing & Prizes


Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando-Airport
Reserve by January 5, 2018 to receive discounted group rate!

Booking Link: http://group.embassysuites.com/FloridaDownSyndromeConference

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