Trainings & Events

Upcoming events

    • Thu, February 23, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Westin Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

    NDSS National Buddy Walk® Organizer’s Conference ONLY

    DSAIA and NDSS are joining their incredible conferences together in Cincinnati in 2017. However, you can still register for just one event. 

    We do have some special offers for those who wish to register for both:

    In addition to exclusive access to the information and new ideas shared at both conferences, attendees also will enjoy the benefit of conference registration fee savings. Individuals who register for both DSAIA and Buddy Walk® Conferences can save as much as $225 on their cost of registration. 

    For example, those who register for the Buddy Walk® Conference can choose to add a One-Day pass for Friday for only $250 or stay for the entire DSAIA event at a savings of $200 (the DSAIA member rate). 

    Attendees who register for the DSAIA event will be able to add the Buddy Walk® Conference at a 50% discount of $25.

    • Thu, February 23, 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Sun, February 26, 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • The Westin Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

    Online Registration Closed! 

    Full Conference Registration:
    Members: $550
    Nonmembers: $750

    One Day Passes:
    Members: $200
    Nonmembers: $250

    (Best option for DSAIA members or those who know they are attending the DSAIA conference and preconference. Members will be given reduced fee options when they log in with their email.)

    The Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA) Conference and National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) are thrilled to announce a collaboration between the DSAIA and NDSS National Buddy Walk® Organizer’s Conference. This first-ever collaboration will bring more education and leadership-growth opportunities for affiliate leaders, advocates and individuals dedicated to the Down syndrome community. In February 2017, Down syndrome affiliate leaders, whose organizations hold a Buddy Walk®, can attend both annual conferences during the same weekend in the same location for a reduced rate.

    The dual-conference weekend will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Westin Cincinnati from Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 to Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. The Buddy Walk® Conference will kick off the weekend on Thursday, Feb 23, followed by the multi-day DSAIA conference Friday, Feb. 24-26, with registration and pre-conference sessions beginning Feb. 23, 2017.

    In addition to exclusive access to the information and new ideas shared at both conferences, attendees also will enjoy the benefit of conference registration fee savings. Individuals who register for both DSAIA and Buddy Walk® Conferences can save as much as $225 on their cost of registration. 

    For example, those who register for the Buddy Walk® Conference can choose to add a One-Day pass for Friday for only $250 or stay for the entire DSAIA event at a savings of $200 (the DSAIA member rate). 

    Attendees who register for the DSAIA event will be able to add the Buddy Walk® Conference at a 50% discount of $25.

    • Fri, February 24, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • DSAIA Live

    Can't make the DSAIA 2017 Leadership Conference this year? We have an amazing opportunity for those who are unable to attend this year's event. Watch the first half of Opening Day LIVE!  Yes, watch the Opening Session, our keynote speaker Vu Le and an additional breakout session from your desktop!

    The livestream registration includes:

    Opening Session - Main Stage Speakers

    Keynote - "Overhead, Sustainability, Bizsplaining, and other Nonprofit Sacred Cows We Must Release into the Wilderness" - Vu Le

    Breakout Session - "An Unprecedented and Exciting Down Syndrome Research Discovery Engine – The Crnic Institute Human Trisome ProjectTM" - Michelle Whitten

    This opportunity is available only to DSAIA members. That means that you must be in the DSAIA website as a member under your organization. 

    • Tue, March 07, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Webinar

    While NFP board members might not enjoy the fame and fortune of popular rock bands, they do have some things in common with them. After working with hundreds of not-for-profits, we have recognized five common qualities that highly effective “rock star” boards possess. 

    Tamara Johnson and Brian Todd cover how to identify, and nurture, these traits in your organization’s current or potential board members. 

    • Thu, March 09, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar

    In this webinar Mike Mannor will talk about why he is so excited about Down syndrome cognition research from a parent's perspective. Mike will talk about what types of research are currently being pursued, where research has shown the most potential, and highlight potential directions for the future. As a father of five and a Down syndrome dad, he will also share his personal experience of getting involved - first through his local affiliate organization and then in directly supporting research - and offer suggestions on how others can find ways to support research. In Mike's case, his excitement about the possibility of improving opportunities and independence for people with Down syndrome led him to rally a few other Down syndrome dads to start a fundraiser to support research and then to join the board of the LuMind RDS Foundation to help promote research further.




    • Wed, March 15, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Webinar

    DSAIA Affiliate-Presented Webinar!

    Only $25

    Special pricing for MDSC & DSAIA Members: $15



    During the early childhood years, learning through play is best practice and play skills are essential to success in a school environment. We will discuss play-based learning and how to use this best practice to address complex learning needs.   In this comprehensive and informative webinar, you will learn how to identify a “starting place” for purposeful play with your child as well as strategies and toys that will support your work to develop their language, academic, and motor skills in a fun and engaging way. 

    Your speaker:

    Stephanie Letts, M.Ed., 3-21 Foundation

    Register now to watch it LIVE or access the recording!

    Presented by Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress in partnership with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action

    Not a member of MDSC? Click here.  

    Haven't received your discount code? MDSC members should click here to request the code. DSAIA members will find the discount code under the Member Resources section.

    • Thu, March 16, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar

    DSAIA Affiliate-Presented Webinar

    Free!

    Please share with your families!

    Speaker: Dr. David Stein

    Behavior problems impact 30% of children with Down syndrome. Left untreated, these same children often exhibit behavior problems as adults, limiting work and independent living opportunities. Many typical behavioral management tools are less effective for children with DS. In order to address behavior problems in DS effectively, one must understand the brain-based reasons for these challenges and direct treatment appropriately. This workshop will present the basic neuroscience of Down syndrome and how this informs effective behavior management, with practical strategies provided for use in the home and school settings from childhood through adulthood.


    Presented by Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota in partnership with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action

    • Sun, December 31, 2017
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center

    ONLINE COURSE
    Available ON DEMAND

    This series was created by Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action in order to provide a basic course in board development and governance. From Board Development 101 to Strategic Planning, this series walks you through orientation, board roles, fundraising, responsibilities and more. In each section, you'll find additional reading materials as well as a check on what you learned.

    This is a great course for an individual forming an organization, new board member instruction or required learning for a full board. From Board Development 101 to Strategic Planning, this series addresses the primary aspects of board training and development featuring professional presenters from the nonprofit community.

    This course is free for DSAIA members and only $250 for nonmembers. 

    Special offer for nonmembers: After completion, the price of the course will be deducted from your first year's membership fee.  For a special group rate offer (to give your entire board access to the course), contact DSAIA for more details.


    • Sun, December 31, 2017
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center

    ONLINE COURSE
    Available ON DEMAND

    This series is for the novice fundraiser or those staff/board wishing to implement a true donor development plan for major and planned gifts in their organization.

    Do you have a plan in place to identify, cultivate and solicit major donor gifts? The secret to obtaining major gifts (and even planned gifts) is building a lasting relationship with your donors. But...how to begin? How exactly is it done? Who is responsible for the plan and its execution?

    In this three-part series, you'll learn how to develop a plan which will take you through the four parts of a successful donor development initiative:

    1. Identifying your potential donors
    2. Cultivating those donors
    3. Soliciting those donors
    4. Implementing good donor stewardship

    You'll learn how to pick your team, set priorities, set realistic goal amounts and develop a strategy for each donor as well as be warned of the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Attendees will you receive examples of forms/charts which to use in the process.



    • Sun, December 31, 2017
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center
    ONLINE COURSE
    Available ON DEMAND

    Are you a first-time grant writer?  Been tasked with finding funding to jumpstart important and much-needed programs for your area? Dr. Bev Browning is the leading expert in all things grant-related and brings her knowledge to the DS community through DSAIA.  This course takes her 6-part "boot camp" and adds her Grantwriting for Organizational Survival workshop for a complete primer on grantwriting.

Past events

Thu, February 16, 2017 UDL Toolbox for Teachers and Parents: Empowering Learning for ALL
Tue, February 07, 2017 World Down Syndrome Day: Random Acts of Kindness 2.0
Wed, January 25, 2017 Developing Independence: Strategies for the Classroom
Thu, January 19, 2017 Who Helps the Helpers? Self-Care for Affiliate Leaders
Thu, January 12, 2017 Every Student Succeeds Act: A 3-Part Complete Series
Wed, December 07, 2016 Topical Call: Supporting Families with Complex Needs
Wed, November 16, 2016 Leading More Effective Board Meetings
Mon, November 07, 2016 Software Safari
Thu, November 03, 2016 The Art and Science of Retaining Digital Donors
Mon, October 31, 2016 Moving Up to Executive Director
Mon, October 31, 2016 How To Lose A Board Member
Mon, October 31, 2016 E-Newsletters That Make Your Donors Give
Mon, October 31, 2016 10 Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign
Wed, October 19, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Self-Advocates as Board Members
Wed, September 21, 2016 Let’s Get on The Same Page! – Designing Effective Home/School Communication Systems
Thu, August 18, 2016 Cash Is King: Managing Cash Flow For Nonprofits
Wed, August 17, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Pros & Cons of Center-Based Programming
Tue, August 09, 2016 Postponed! Tech Tuesdays: Video Apps
Tue, July 19, 2016 The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board and Staff Roles
Tue, July 12, 2016 Tech Tuesdays: Fundraising Apps
Wed, June 22, 2016 An Inclusive Initiative: How One High School Created a Mentor Class
Wed, June 15, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Sibling Support
Tue, June 07, 2016 Tech Tuesdays: Social Media-Friendly Images
Thu, May 26, 2016 Designing and Executing a 5 Star Board Retreat
Tue, May 17, 2016 Tech Tuesdays
Tue, May 03, 2016 Sharing Knowledge: Donor & Event Registration Software
Wed, April 20, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Member Engagement
Wed, April 20, 2016 Fundraising the SMART Way
Thu, March 31, 2016 Let's Get Productive! Sharing Technology Ideas To Help Your DSA
Wed, February 24, 2016 Grant Writing Like a Boy Scout
Wed, February 17, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Community Groups
Tue, January 26, 2016 Creating a "Buddy" Program at Your Local Junior High
Thu, December 17, 2015 10 Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign
Wed, December 16, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Adding Top Level Staff
Wed, December 09, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Building a More Productive Board
Wed, December 02, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: The "Likeable" Organization
Tue, December 01, 2015 For Your Ears Only: Board Member Topical Call
Wed, November 25, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Teen & Young Adult Programming That Works!
Wed, November 18, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Firing Lousy Board Members (And Helping Others to Succeed)
Tue, November 17, 2015 Bodies & Boundaries: How To Address Questions About Sexuality from Your Membership
Wed, November 11, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Wildly Successful Events
Tue, November 03, 2015 For Your Ears Only: DSA Staff Topical Call
Sun, November 01, 2015 Board Development Series Special
Wed, October 07, 2015 Grantwriting for Organizational Survival
Thu, September 17, 2015 Teen & Young Adult Programming That Works!
Thu, August 20, 2015 Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?
Thu, September 26, 2013 Law Enforcement, First Responders & People With Disabilities: The Training Curriculum and Engaging Local Law Enforcement & First Responders for Affiliate Organizations
Tue, September 24, 2013 Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits
Thu, September 05, 2013 eCivis Online Training
Thu, September 05, 2013 Customer Service: Why It's The Most Important Investment You'll Make In Your DS Organization
Tue, August 13, 2013 Interactive Peer Presentations and Disability Awareness: Common Expectations
Thu, August 08, 2013 The "Likeable" Organization
Tue, July 30, 2013 How To Present a 'Back To School' Workshop
Thu, July 25, 2013 Direct Educational Support - Is The Learning Program™ Right For Your Organization?
Sun, June 30, 2013 How To Build or Enhance Your Parents First Call Program
Sun, June 30, 2013 How To Lose An Executive Director
Thu, June 27, 2013 How To Lose A Board Member
Tue, June 11, 2013 How To Build or Enhance Your Parents First Call Program
Tue, May 21, 2013 How To Lose An Executive Director
Thu, May 16, 2013 What Your Sponsors Really Want
Tue, May 14, 2013 Latest Update: New Prenatal Testing Recommendations
Wed, May 08, 2013 What Your Sponsors Really Want
Mon, April 29, 2013 Understanding the Affordable Care Act's Impact on Your Members with Down Syndrome
Tue, April 16, 2013 Facebook Q & A
Mon, April 15, 2013 Monthly Giving E-Course
Wed, March 20, 2013 How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website
Tue, March 05, 2013 How To Read Nonprofit Financial Statements: What Executives & Leaders Need To Know About the Numbers
Thu, February 28, 2013 Zero to Sixty: Fast Track Your Young Group to Look Like A Seasoned Professional
Thu, February 07, 2013 E-Newsletters That Make Your Donors Give
Tue, January 15, 2013 Donor Development Series
Tue, January 15, 2013 ManDatE VIP Webinar
Tue, January 08, 2013 LegalShield RSVP Webinar
Mon, December 31, 2012 The Urgency of Medical Outreach
Mon, December 31, 2012 A Healthier Life: Health & Wellness Program for Adults with Down Syndrome
Mon, December 31, 2012 Growing Grassroots Advocacy at the State Level
Mon, December 31, 2012 Budgeting for the Small Nonprofit
Mon, December 31, 2012 Building Bridges: Schools, Affiliates and Families Working Together
Mon, December 31, 2012 Divide & Conquer: Time Management for the Small Ds Organization
Mon, December 31, 2012 Holiday Party Planning Made Easy
Thu, December 20, 2012 Technology Series: Event Registration Software
Tue, December 11, 2012 Setting Your Fundraising Goals (And Creating a Plan To Make Them A Reality)
Tue, December 11, 2012 imATHLETE VIP Demo
Tue, December 04, 2012 Crowdrise VIP Offer Demo
Thu, November 29, 2012 Six in Sixty: November 2012
Tue, November 13, 2012 5 Technology Trends that Will Shape a New Reality for Nonprofits
Sat, November 10, 2012 Run for Your Money: Organizing a 5K
Thu, October 25, 2012 Run for Your Money: Organizing a 5K
Mon, October 22, 2012 Down Syndrome Awareness Month Ideas
Tue, October 09, 2012 Harmonic Treatment: Promote Healing, Health & Wellness
Thu, October 04, 2012 How You Can Help Pass a Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing Information Law in Your State
Tue, September 18, 2012 Crowdrise VIP Offer Demo
Wed, September 12, 2012 Next Chapter Book Club: Literacy & Learning for Adults with DS
Thu, August 30, 2012 Improving Your Fundraiser: Easy Steps To Increase Your Efforts
Thu, August 23, 2012 Building Bridges: Schools, Affiliates and Families Working Together
Tue, August 21, 2012 DSAIA Town Hall Meeting
Tue, July 31, 2012 Marketing Your Walk: Learn from a Pro!
Thu, July 26, 2012 Internal Control & Segregation of Duties for the Small to Medium-Size Organization
Tue, June 26, 2012 Board Development Series
Wed, June 13, 2012 Planning a Successful Conference (From Start To Finish)
Wed, May 09, 2012 Six in Sixty: May 2012
Thu, April 26, 2012 DSAIA Town Hall Meeting
Thu, April 26, 2012 Volunteer Management
Thu, April 19, 2012 Special Webinar with imATHLETE
Thu, March 29, 2012 Increase Your Silent Auction Revenue
Thu, November 10, 2011 Moving Beyond the Spreadsheet: Databases!

I continue to be impressed with the depth of the board/professional workshops offered.

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