DSAIA Digest: TEDx and Down syndrome!

Tue, November 03, 2015 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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DSA Leader Speaks at TEDx

Deborah Tomai, President of Rio Grande Valley Down Syndrome Association (RGVDSA), recently spoke at TEDx McAllen in McAllen, TX. When the organizers announced the theme for the event (Breaking Borders), the leader/parent suggested that they include a message about disability. After an intense vetting process (including the requirement of submitting a short video), Tomai was excited to be chosen as a presenter. "I focused on three actions:  welcome, respect and include individuals with Down syndrome (and other disabilities) in our community," Tomai said. "I hoped that participating in TEDx would benefit RGVDSA, that we would connect with new families and that we could build our profile locally with educators, medical providers, funders, etc."

Along with meeting incredible speakers during the practice sessions, Tomai relayed that she had two incredible outcomes from her participation: "One of the other speakers confided in me that she has friends who have a son with Down syndrome, and she wasn't ever sure how to interact with him," Tomai said. "She made a point of telling me that she had invited their family over for a meal, and she gave the young man a tour and talked about her art with him. She said that her perspective had changed, and she had made a deliberate effort to reach out to him."

"I also received an invitation to be a keynote speaker at a statewide event for physician's assistants in February," Tomai explained. "I'll be speaking to around a thousand medical providers across the state - who care for individuals with Down syndrome at all stages of life.  I'm hoping to provide everyone with resources - including links and contact info for every DSA in Texas."   

DSAIA will post information on the video when it becomes available. Read the entire interview here.
Let's Do Lunch (and Learn)!

Did you know that DSAIA has 96 webinars in our archive? Yes - 96! That is a lot of information...and it can be a lot to digest. That's why we are highlighting a few of our favorites during our DSAIA Cafe Series beginning November 11th! Yes, let's plan to watch a few awesome presentations over lunch together. No matter what time zone you are in, the presentations will air at NOON. Yes, YOUR 12 noon, no matter what! So, take a moment to fill both your belly AND your mind with the following delectable menu items:
  • Wildly Successful Events (Nov 11th)
  • Firing Lousy Board Members (Nov 18th)
  • Teen & Adult Programs That Work (Nov 25th)
  • The "LikeAble" Organization (Dec 2nd)
  • Building a Productive Board (Dec 9th)
  • Adding Top Level Staff (Dec 16th)
Register for these and other upcoming events on the DSAIA website.
Share Your Walk With Others!
  Now that Walk Season is are over for most of us, how about sharing all the wonderful promotional pieces that your organization created with other members of Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action?  

We are looking for all of you to help us build a valuable, informative, and diverse Resource Library for all of us to use!  The Resource Library is available for all members of DSAIA so that we can share ideas and items without having to create things from scratch.  In an effort to jump start the use and content of the library, we are inviting all of you to post your Walk promotional items today! Each time a DSAIA member submits an item, they will be entered into a drawing for some awesome DSAIA merchandise!

The deadline for the submission contest is November 30, 2015. Members can submit their items here.

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