Global Down Syndrome Educational Series
About the Global Down Syndrome Educational Series
The Global Down Syndrome Educational Series was launched in 2006 and brings nationally and internationally renowned Down syndrome experts to Colorado for two full days of lectures. The first day is designed for professionals who impact the lives of individuals who have Down syndrome, and the second is for parents and caregivers. Topics focus on accurate and updated medical, educational, and therapeutic best practices.
There are two driving forces behind the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Educational Series: (1) the desire to provide training to professionals since surveys show that many professionals (doctors, therapists and such) are not trained to provide the best care to a person with Down syndrome, and (2) the desire to provide parents and caregivers who are not able to attend the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention, a taste of what it is like to have a renowned Down syndrome expert provide a full day of useful information and answer a multitude of questions.
To date, the Educational Series has educated roughly 3,400 people. More than 55 Spanish speakers have accessed the Foundation’s simultaneous translation services, and there have been more than 120 Christian Ransom Ball Scholarship Fund recipients.
Surveys of participants show a strong demand for more training that can lead to improved outcomes for individuals with Down syndrome. Below are the consolidated survey results on an ascending scale of 1 to 5 for the series held to date.
|Overall Rating||Objectives Met||Knowledge of Speaker||Clarity of Presentation||Q&A||Recommend to others|
Communication, Employment Skills and Post-Secondary Education for Adults with Down Syndrome
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Individuals with Down Syndrome
Mental and physical wellness for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome
Best practices in medical care, therapeutic and educational interventions and resources
Maximizing speech and language skills in children and adults with Down syndrome
Promoting mental wellness in teens and adults with Down syndrome
Health-related issues for infants, toddlers, school age children & adolescents with Down syndrome
Focusing on children with Down syndrome ages birth to 18
Effective Teaching Methods for Children with Down Syndrome
Gross motor skill development and the five stages of development
Focuses on sharing success strategies for the differently-abled