DSAIA Digest: January 2012

Sun, January 01, 2012 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Plan Now To Be a Part of the Worldwide Celebration!


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Often overlooked by the numerous activities (including walks) held during Down Syndrome Awareness Month, World Down Syndrome Day provides your organization with an opportunity to engage your membership and community beyond October. It provides justification for why an organization should host a medical outreach program or peer presentation, or publish a submitted column.

A list of over 40 low and no-cost ideas are featured in the 2010 DS Awareness Ideas webinar now housed in the DSAIA Repository. Remember these steps to success from the webinar:

  • Pick an idea based on budget and time
  • Create a time line for activities
  • Enlist a committee
  • Write an article for your newsletter
  • Send press releases

It could be as simple as starting a viral campaign with the help of your membership or launching a new program, website, newsletter, or product on 3/21/12. Try sending one inspiring email a day to your stakeholders the first 21 days of March. DSA of Los Angeles' Gail Williamson has orchestrated the 21 Days of DS Quotes and invites groups to subscribe to DSALA's emails and then share with their members via social media or email campaign.

Get your families involved in their own campaigns by asking them to send a card to their physician with a picture and update on what their child is doing. Include the latest healthcare guidelines, a well-written article about someone with DS, or perhaps a list of the resources your organization offers those in the medical community. For little investment, your group can hold a T-shirt design contest, give plaques/awards to locals who have made a difference in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome or just show up at your local gathering place (downtown?) with balloons and information on DS to pass out to people who are gathered there.

No matter what you choose to do to celebrate, now is the time to start planning! For more ideas, visit the DSAIA website to watch the DS Awareness Ideas video and view the Awareness Materials under Events & Fundraising in the repository.

Get On the Fast Track at the 2012 Conference!

New to the 2012 DSAIA Conference is the ability to choose your sessions by track. As in the past, you will have many breakout sessions from which to choose, but this year they have been organized into eight specific tracks. If you are a board member, staff or commitee person interested in one topic area, you can immerse yourself in top-quality training without having to choose one breakout session over another in any given time slot. Tracks offered this year are:

  • Fundraising & Awareness
  • Board Management
  • Organization & Staffing
  • Prenatal Testing & Medical Outreach
  • Programs
  • Marketing & Member Services
  • Self-Advocates
  • Legislative Advocacy

The DSAIA Conference Planning Committee has tried to include at least one of the eight tracks in each time slot with very little overlap. So fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!

View the conference breakout schedule on our Online Community site. Click here to register for the conference today!

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DSAIA Announces New Board Development Webinar Series


DSAIA's new workshop series begins with Board Development 101 on Tuesday, January 17th at 8 pm Eastern/7 pm Central with presenter Jane Page-Steiner. During this webinar we will discuss the various aspects of board development and strategies you can implement to improve your board. We will explore the challenges of board recruitment; ways to develop a strong board structure and how board education can create a more vibrant and effective board. The webinar will include a one-hour presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q & A.

Jane Page-Steiner, is a respected nonprofit consultant and public speaker. Currently the president of JPS Nonprofit Strategies, she has been a part of the not-for-profit community for more than 23 years. Jane founded JPS Nonprofit Strategies because of her passion and ongoing commitment to helping nonprofits build their capacity and improve their performance. Before establishing JPS Nonprofit Strategies, Jane served as the Vice President of Affiliate Relations for the National Down Syndrome Society. Jane provided regular counsel on leadership development, capacity building and resource development for affiliates across the country. Jane has served on numerous committees, task forces, and planning groups, and served on the board of the National Down Syndrome Society for two terms. Jane served as the first executive director for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati for more than ten years. She provided leadership during a period of tremendous growth in revenues, services and staff. She worked closely with the board to develop and implement strategic plans and create a diverse development program, enabling growth in programs and a dramatic increase in revenues.

Five additional webinars will follow each month:

  • Board Orientation
  • Fundraising with Your Board
  • What Is the Role of Your Board?
  • Shared Responsibility & Accountability
  • Strategic Planning with Your Board

Encourage your entire board to register for this incredible opportunity! To see a complete listing of the dates/times, visit the DSAIA website.

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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