By Robbin Lyons, DSAIA Board Member & Conference Chair
When I was a child, my grandfather lived across the street from a candy store, the kind that sold penny candy and sodas. We lived far away and only visited once a year, but each time we did, my grandfather would take me by the hand and walk me to the candy shop. There he’d hand me an empty display box and walk me down the isle of the penny candies. As we walked, he’d let me grab a little of each kind of candy and fill my box to overflowing! There were some kinds I’d grab a huge handful of, some I’d just take one or two, yet others, I’d skip all together. In the end, I had a box of treats that was my own little collection just perfect for me.
Thinking about the conference this year reminds me of those days. You can still choose to pick and choose from a variety of topics in search of something new to bring to your group. Or if you want a little more, say you have been to some basic training at a conference in the past or attended a beginning level webinar and want to learn a little more, you can dig deeper as we offer both 101 and 202 level training sessions. Or grab that whole handful as you immerse yourself in one subject by following one of our education tracks on a variety of subjects, like Prenatal Diagnosis & Medical Outreach, Board Development, Finance, Self Advocacy or you can still choose to pick and choose from a variety of topics in search of something new to bring to your group. Sweetest of all we have brought in experts in Non-Profit Management and Development from outside the Down syndrome community, so you can get a fresh take on ideas for running your organization. In the end you get to go home with a box of goodies that’s just right for you!
Registration is still available and includes both DSAIA Conference & Buddy Walk on Washington events - but only for a limited time! Register today at: www.dsaia.org/attendees