DSAIA Digest: April 2012

Mon, April 02, 2012 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

DSAIA Board Member Speaks at United Nations 


David Egan, board member of both Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA) and Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV), had the opportunity to speak at the United Nations on World Down Syndrome Day. "David is a phenomenal speaker," said Deanna Tharpe, DSAIA Executive Director.  "His presentation at the U.N. was full of positive images, real issues, and a call to action.  It was a delight to watch him and know that his message was being heard by so many around the globe."
David Egan @ The United Nations: World Down syndrome Day 03/21/2012
David Egan @ The United Nations: World Down syndrome Day 03/21/2012


It was the first time the United Nations has recognized the March 21st event.  "For too long, persons with Down syndrome, including children, have been left on the margins of society," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a message to mark the World Day.  For decades the UN has worked to ensure all persons are given the rights they deserve, and in doing so, they adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006.


Ban applauded the global partnership of those who gathered to bring awareness and help bring initiation to World Down Syndrome Day, saying that "let us each do our part to enable children and persons with Down syndrome to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on an equal basis with others. Let us build an inclusive society for all." 


David was in good company as a great number of self-advocates and professionals spoke during the event.  To watch the entire podcast, click here.


Quarterly Town Hall Meeting Planned 


Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action is intent upon creating opportunities for our members to give us feedback in the form of questions, comments or suggestions. Continuing on our "Town Hall" held at the conference each year, DSAIA has planned a conference call to be held quarterly for our membership.  
The call is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7 pm Eastern (6p Central/5p Mountain/4p Pacific). The meeting will begin with a quick report of DSAIA activities and then move into audience participation.  DSAIA encourages our affiliates to have at least one individual in attendance at each meeting and come prepared with comments or questions.  Register today!



Repository Hits the 1,000 Item Mark 


successDSAIA's Education & Training Committee set a goal in late 2011 to work toward housing 1,000 items in the Repository by the end of 2012.  Now, the committee will have to revise their goal as the Repository just passed the 1,100 mark!   The latest items to be added to the Repository include employee/program evaluation tools, marketing samples and supporting documents from the 2012 DSAIA Leadership Conference.

The Repository recently underwent a facelift in order to help members access all folders/documents directly from the DSAIA website.  One other small change that you will notice is the continued sub-categorization of each topic folder. The Education & Training Committee still needs your help.  Take a moment to send in your documents for inclusion.  In high demand are program ideas, newsletter articles and even pictures!  (Remember that all submissions of articles and pictures will require permission by author/subject.)  Send your submissions to 


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