DSAIA Digest: August 2011

Tue, August 30, 2011 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Phoenix Group Utilizes Technology To Bring Information To Members

The Down Syndrome Network of Arizona moved past the traditional meeting format in order to overcome attendance issues a few months ago by using webinars in lieu of an in-person meeting.  "Our group thought that a webinar on a popular topic like 'behaviors' would make it more accessible for parents, teacher, para-professionals and therapists," explained Laura Chapnek, DSNAZ Past-President.  "One of the criticisms we receive is distance (too far east, not convenient for those in the north or west). 

Budgeted dollars for a speaker went farther due to not having to book a venue or provide refreshments.  Forty attended the first session and 21 attended the second.  "We are planning to incorporate webinars for our 'Parents & Schools in Partnership Program'," said Chapnek.  "I believe that we should embrace any technology that is going to help those who work with individuals with Down syndrome to have a better quality of life." 


DSNetwork's advice to those contemplating using webinars in their organization?  Make sure you do a practice webinar, view the presentation slides early to make sure it is a good use of your funds and the audience's time, and look for cost-saving webinar software (such as GoToWebinar) through sites like Techsoup


Spread the Word to End The Word at Your Awareness Walk 


Help educate the attendees at your walk on the hurtful impact of the R-word. Contact your local Special Olympics chapter(s) and ask them to set up a Spread the Word tent at your upcoming walk. With a small investment of a few hundred dollars at the R-word store, your group can purchase banners for everyone to sign and stickers for those who sign the pledge.  If you are tech savvy and have internet access at your walk, we encourage you to have the pledge site pulled up on several computers so attendees can sign on right then and there! You can also purchase/sell t-shirts and have door prize drawings for R-word gear for those who sign the pledge. Visit the Resource Page for additional ideas.  

It Pays To Attend DSAIA Webinars 


Every attendee who joins a DSAIA webinar between now and December 31st will have their name entered in a random drawing to win an i-Pad. The more webinars you attend, the more chances you have to win! The winner will be drawn and notified on January 2, 2012 and the i-Pad will be shipped by January 10th.  Upcoming webinars can be found on our website .
(Note: this promotion does not apply to downloading webinars post event from the DSAIA Repository.)

New VIP Book Discount Program Announced


Phronesis Publishing Offer 



DSAIA and Phronesis Publishing are making sharing printed resources cost effective for our affiliates. This V.I.P. Program offers a discount of up to 55%, available through December 31, 2011. Consider the selections offered at the Phronesis website for your awareness walk or educational conference. Download the flyer for more details.



Is Your Organization Covered? 


No matter how large or small your group, insurance is sure to be a top priority.  But are you covered fully and with the right insurance for your organization's programs and events?  DSAIA has partnered with Johnston Fiss Insurance to assist in the review and purchase of insurance products for our members.  You'll receive a no-obligation review as well as be eligible for discounts through two respected companies.  Watch our informative two-part series "Are You Covered?" online today and download the flyer for more details on the offer.




All Hands on Deck

DSAIA is looking for help with our Member Services and Member Education Committees. We invite you to consider joining one of these committees to provide valuable feedback as we develop additional VIP programs, webinars and solicit documents for the repository. Committees meet monthly via conference call so your time commitment would be 15 hours per year to help DSAIA.

Member Services Committee 

  • Explore and follow up on brokered discount opportunities for DSAIA members
  • Create printed materials for the V.I.P. Programs (looking for someone with desktop publishing/spreadsheet skills)
  • Assist in member retention/recruitment campaigns

Member Education Committee 

  • Plan and program monthly webinars
  • Identify and locate additions to the Repository
  • Assist Conference Committee on selection of speakers/topics  
Adult Employment Survey

With the lack of information on current employment status forChris Hebein adults with Down syndrome, Libby Kumin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, has crafted a survey to collect this information.  The survey will collect employment data such as job locations and job descriptions.  The goal is to use this information to not only document the current situation but also advocate for job training programs, funding and more variety in job choices.  


The survey is designed for adults with Down syndrome age 18-50 (and their parents if applicable).  Find the survey online through December 31, 2011.     


I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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