Global Down Syndrome Educational Series – Spring 2016

Global Down Syndrome
Educational Series – Spring 2016

Communication, Employment Skills and Post-Secondary Education for Adults with Down Syndrome

Dr. Libby Kumin

Libby Kumin is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology at Loyola University Maryland. Since 1968, she has been active in teaching and research, and has been working extensively with families of children with communication disorders. She specializes in communication, speech, and language skills of infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with Down syndrome. Her video “What Did You Say” focuses on speech intelligibility. Her current research focuses on narrative skills, speech intelligibility and computer usage in children and adults with Down syndrome, and transitioning and employment issues in adults with Down syndrome. Dr. Kumin has written extensively and speaks around the country. She is the subcommittee chair for Speech & Communication on Global’s Adults with Down Syndrome Task Force. Dr. Kumin is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century.

View Libby Kumin’s Presentation

Additional Speakers: 

Cathi Allen
Inclusive Higher Education
Certificate Program 

Deborah Fidler
Colorado State University Health & Wellness: Continuing Education for Adults with Down syndrome

Beth Leon
IN! Colorado Initiative for
Inclusive Higher Education

Mac Macsovits
Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association Higher Visions for Education

Sandy Polizzotto
HighPointe Academy & Enterprises

Karen Riley
University of Denver Health & Wellness:
Continuing Education for Adults with Down syndrome

What You Will Learn From This Series

  • What are the communication challenges for adults with Down syndrome
  • Communication strategies for success in adulthood
  • Electronic communication skills
  • Applying research findings to daily living
  • Continuing education designed to facilitate growth and daily living skills, prepare for vocational opportunities, and enrich their independent living and social skills
  • Programs with local colleges and universities in Colorado that support inclusive post-secondary opportunities for students with Down syndrome

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 for parents and caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome. Topics focus on accurate and updated medical, educational, and therapeutic best practices.

Thank you to all of our Global Down Syndrome Educational Series Committee Members!