Trainings & Events

Upcoming events

    • Thu, June 01, 2017
    • Thu, May 31, 2018
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center
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    Brain-Based, High Interest Support Program That Works for All Ages 

    ONLINE COURSE/Annual Subscription
    Available ON DEMAND

    Special Price for DSAs: As low as $260 per year

    Online Training Followup for Coaches
    Organized by Natalie Hale of Special Reads for Special Needs

    In partnership with Natalie, DSAIA is offering a subscription course for Coaches in Centers.

    Annual subscription includes:

    • Initial training on materials, set up and HOW TO TEACH
    • Monthly live screen-to-screen training meetings
    • Permanent access to the links of those meetings
    • Interactive Q&A in each session
    • Materials (amount/type depending on subscription level)

    As organizations progress in establishing and running Reading Centers, questions and challenges will surface; this ongoing training will give participants a forum for finding answers and solutions. 

    Considering starting a reading program in the next year? This is a perfect opportunity to learn how to set up and operate a program, learn from others' experiences, and get great new training each month!

    • Tue, August 01, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    ALERT: Limited Registration Opportunity!

    Available to DSAIA Members Only

    Please note new time!

    Is your organization in walk-planning mode? Does your walk encourage and support "teams"? Need some ideas on boosting your last few weeks/months of team-building and team-fundraising? Or maybe you just need to hear what others are doing that works? 

    If your walk has a "team" aspect, please join us for this afternoon video call. Even if your walk date for 2017 has already passed, attendees will love hearing first-hand how your team function fared this year. 

    In this Topical Call, we'll be utilizing Zoom to allow for easier screen-sharing if needed. Remember, this is a members-only event. The call will NOT be recorded for distribution. 

    This is not a webinar, but a discussion between leaders. The goal is to bring thoughtful questions and possible solutions to the table in order for this to be a beneficial use of time for everyone, allowing all time to share, and to hopefully bring forward solutions to take away.

    • Wed, August 16, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Event

    Calm Down! (201)*

    Special Early Bird Offer: 50% off!

    We often face issues that feel insurmountable at times, whether with our donors, in the community, with the local media, and sometimes, internally with our own staff and volunteers. It’s how we prepare for and respond to these issues that helps us ensure they don’t become a crisis. Learn how to align your organization’s values with your actions, identify and prepare for potential issues, and respond to issues before they ruin your organization’s reputation.

    Speaker: Dawn Ward, former National Managing Director, Public Relations Strategy & Crisis Communications at American Cancer Society.

    *201=Intermediate webinar with some knowledge of the topic or experience needed.

    **This webinar's recording will be placed in the DSAIA Library within 6 months of its original broadcast. If you wish to watch the webinar LIVE (in order to participate in the Q&A session with the presenter) then you should register for the LIVE option. If you wish to watch the webinar recording within a few days of its broadcast (but without the benefit of the personal Q&A) then choose the recording option.

    • Sun, December 31, 2017
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center

    Available ON DEMAND

    This series was created by Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action in order to provide a basic course in board development and governance. From Board Development 101 to Strategic Planning, this series walks you through orientation, board roles, fundraising, responsibilities and more. In each section, you'll find additional reading materials as well as a check on what you learned.

    This is a great course for an individual forming an organization, new board member instruction or required learning for a full board. From Board Development 101 to Strategic Planning, this series addresses the primary aspects of board training and development featuring professional presenters from the nonprofit community.

    This course is free for DSAIA members and only $250 for nonmembers. 

    Special offer for nonmembers: After completion, the price of the course will be deducted from your first year's membership fee.  For a special group rate offer (to give your entire board access to the course), contact DSAIA for more details.

    • Sun, December 31, 2017
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center

    Available ON DEMAND

    This series is for the novice fundraiser or those staff/board wishing to implement a true donor development plan for major and planned gifts in their organization.

    Do you have a plan in place to identify, cultivate and solicit major donor gifts? The secret to obtaining major gifts (and even planned gifts) is building a lasting relationship with your donors. to begin? How exactly is it done? Who is responsible for the plan and its execution?

    In this three-part series, you'll learn how to develop a plan which will take you through the four parts of a successful donor development initiative:

    1. Identifying your potential donors
    2. Cultivating those donors
    3. Soliciting those donors
    4. Implementing good donor stewardship

    You'll learn how to pick your team, set priorities, set realistic goal amounts and develop a strategy for each donor as well as be warned of the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Attendees will you receive examples of forms/charts which to use in the process.

    • Sun, December 31, 2017
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center
    Available ON DEMAND

    Are you a first-time grant writer?  Been tasked with finding funding to jumpstart important and much-needed programs for your area? Dr. Bev Browning is the leading expert in all things grant-related and brings her knowledge to the DS community through DSAIA.  This course takes her 6-part "boot camp" and adds her Grantwriting for Organizational Survival workshop for a complete primer on grantwriting.

Past events

Wed, July 12, 2017 Frame That Smile: Tips for Creating and Using Facebook Frames to Reach Further
Thu, June 22, 2017 Potty Time! A Journey to Successful Toilet Training
Wed, June 07, 2017 Creating a Monthly Giving Program: A Solution to Donor Retention and Financial Sustainability
Wed, May 24, 2017 Topical Call: Dealing with Staff and/or Board Transition
Wed, May 17, 2017 Planning for Meaningful Inclusion – A Protocol Driven Process (An MDSC Education Series Webinar)
Wed, May 10, 2017 Advanced Crowdfunding (201)
Tue, April 25, 2017 Crowdfunding 101
Tue, April 04, 2017 Time to Play! Using Play-Based Learning Opportunities to Support Younger Children
Thu, March 16, 2017 Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down syndrome: A neurodevelopmental perspective
Thu, March 09, 2017 Down Syndrome Cognition Research: A Dad's Perspective
Tue, March 07, 2017 5 Qualities of a "Rock Star" Board
Fri, February 24, 2017 DSAIA 2017 Conference Livestream
Thu, February 23, 2017 DSAIA Leadership Conference (with option to add on NDSS Conference)
Thu, February 23, 2017 NDSS Buddy Walk® Conference (with option to add on DSAIA Conference)
Thu, February 16, 2017 UDL Toolbox for Teachers and Parents: Empowering Learning for ALL
Tue, February 07, 2017 World Down Syndrome Day: Random Acts of Kindness 2.0
Wed, January 25, 2017 Developing Independence: Strategies for the Classroom
Thu, January 19, 2017 Who Helps the Helpers? Self-Care for Affiliate Leaders
Thu, January 12, 2017 Every Student Succeeds Act: A 3-Part Complete Series
Wed, December 07, 2016 Topical Call: Supporting Families with Complex Needs
Wed, November 16, 2016 Leading More Effective Board Meetings
Mon, November 07, 2016 Software Safari
Thu, November 03, 2016 The Art and Science of Retaining Digital Donors
Mon, October 31, 2016 Moving Up to Executive Director
Mon, October 31, 2016 How To Lose A Board Member
Mon, October 31, 2016 E-Newsletters That Make Your Donors Give
Mon, October 31, 2016 10 Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign
Wed, October 19, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Self-Advocates as Board Members
Wed, September 21, 2016 Let’s Get on The Same Page! – Designing Effective Home/School Communication Systems
Thu, August 18, 2016 Cash Is King: Managing Cash Flow For Nonprofits
Wed, August 17, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Pros & Cons of Center-Based Programming
Tue, August 09, 2016 Postponed! Tech Tuesdays: Video Apps
Tue, July 19, 2016 The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board and Staff Roles
Tue, July 12, 2016 Tech Tuesdays: Fundraising Apps
Wed, June 22, 2016 An Inclusive Initiative: How One High School Created a Mentor Class
Wed, June 15, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Sibling Support
Tue, June 07, 2016 Tech Tuesdays: Social Media-Friendly Images
Thu, May 26, 2016 Designing and Executing a 5 Star Board Retreat
Tue, May 17, 2016 Tech Tuesdays
Tue, May 03, 2016 Sharing Knowledge: Donor & Event Registration Software
Wed, April 20, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Member Engagement
Wed, April 20, 2016 Fundraising the SMART Way
Thu, March 31, 2016 Let's Get Productive! Sharing Technology Ideas To Help Your DSA
Wed, February 24, 2016 Grant Writing Like a Boy Scout
Wed, February 17, 2016 DSAIA Topical Call: Community Groups
Tue, January 26, 2016 Creating a "Buddy" Program at Your Local Junior High
Thu, December 17, 2015 10 Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign
Wed, December 16, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Adding Top Level Staff
Wed, December 09, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Building a More Productive Board
Wed, December 02, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: The "Likeable" Organization
Tue, December 01, 2015 For Your Ears Only: Board Member Topical Call
Wed, November 25, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Teen & Young Adult Programming That Works!
Wed, November 18, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Firing Lousy Board Members (And Helping Others to Succeed)
Tue, November 17, 2015 Bodies & Boundaries: How To Address Questions About Sexuality from Your Membership
Wed, November 11, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Wildly Successful Events
Tue, November 03, 2015 For Your Ears Only: DSA Staff Topical Call
Sun, November 01, 2015 Board Development Series Special
Wed, October 07, 2015 Grantwriting for Organizational Survival
Thu, September 17, 2015 Teen & Young Adult Programming That Works!
Thu, August 20, 2015 Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?
Thu, September 26, 2013 Law Enforcement, First Responders & People With Disabilities: The Training Curriculum and Engaging Local Law Enforcement & First Responders for Affiliate Organizations
Tue, September 24, 2013 Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits
Thu, September 05, 2013 eCivis Online Training
Thu, September 05, 2013 Customer Service: Why It's The Most Important Investment You'll Make In Your DS Organization
Tue, August 13, 2013 Interactive Peer Presentations and Disability Awareness: Common Expectations
Thu, August 08, 2013 The "Likeable" Organization
Tue, July 30, 2013 How To Present a 'Back To School' Workshop
Thu, July 25, 2013 Direct Educational Support - Is The Learning Program™ Right For Your Organization?
Sun, June 30, 2013 How To Build or Enhance Your Parents First Call Program
Sun, June 30, 2013 How To Lose An Executive Director
Thu, June 27, 2013 How To Lose A Board Member
Tue, June 11, 2013 How To Build or Enhance Your Parents First Call Program
Tue, May 21, 2013 How To Lose An Executive Director
Thu, May 16, 2013 What Your Sponsors Really Want
Tue, May 14, 2013 Latest Update: New Prenatal Testing Recommendations
Wed, May 08, 2013 What Your Sponsors Really Want
Mon, April 29, 2013 Understanding the Affordable Care Act's Impact on Your Members with Down Syndrome
Tue, April 16, 2013 Facebook Q & A
Mon, April 15, 2013 Monthly Giving E-Course
Wed, March 20, 2013 How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website
Tue, March 05, 2013 How To Read Nonprofit Financial Statements: What Executives & Leaders Need To Know About the Numbers
Thu, February 28, 2013 Zero to Sixty: Fast Track Your Young Group to Look Like A Seasoned Professional
Thu, February 07, 2013 E-Newsletters That Make Your Donors Give
Tue, January 15, 2013 Donor Development Series
Tue, January 15, 2013 ManDatE VIP Webinar
Tue, January 08, 2013 LegalShield RSVP Webinar
Mon, December 31, 2012 The Urgency of Medical Outreach
Mon, December 31, 2012 A Healthier Life: Health & Wellness Program for Adults with Down Syndrome
Mon, December 31, 2012 Growing Grassroots Advocacy at the State Level
Mon, December 31, 2012 Budgeting for the Small Nonprofit
Mon, December 31, 2012 Building Bridges: Schools, Affiliates and Families Working Together
Mon, December 31, 2012 Divide & Conquer: Time Management for the Small Ds Organization
Mon, December 31, 2012 Holiday Party Planning Made Easy
Thu, December 20, 2012 Technology Series: Event Registration Software
Tue, December 11, 2012 Setting Your Fundraising Goals (And Creating a Plan To Make Them A Reality)
Tue, December 11, 2012 imATHLETE VIP Demo
Tue, December 04, 2012 Crowdrise VIP Offer Demo
Thu, November 29, 2012 Six in Sixty: November 2012
Tue, November 13, 2012 5 Technology Trends that Will Shape a New Reality for Nonprofits
Sat, November 10, 2012 Run for Your Money: Organizing a 5K
Thu, October 25, 2012 Run for Your Money: Organizing a 5K
Mon, October 22, 2012 Down Syndrome Awareness Month Ideas
Tue, October 09, 2012 Harmonic Treatment: Promote Healing, Health & Wellness
Thu, October 04, 2012 How You Can Help Pass a Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing Information Law in Your State
Tue, September 18, 2012 Crowdrise VIP Offer Demo
Wed, September 12, 2012 Next Chapter Book Club: Literacy & Learning for Adults with DS
Thu, August 30, 2012 Improving Your Fundraiser: Easy Steps To Increase Your Efforts
Thu, August 23, 2012 Building Bridges: Schools, Affiliates and Families Working Together
Tue, August 21, 2012 DSAIA Town Hall Meeting
Tue, July 31, 2012 Marketing Your Walk: Learn from a Pro!
Thu, July 26, 2012 Internal Control & Segregation of Duties for the Small to Medium-Size Organization
Tue, June 26, 2012 Board Development Series
Wed, June 13, 2012 Planning a Successful Conference (From Start To Finish)
Wed, May 09, 2012 Six in Sixty: May 2012
Thu, April 26, 2012 DSAIA Town Hall Meeting
Thu, April 26, 2012 Volunteer Management
Thu, April 19, 2012 Special Webinar with imATHLETE
Thu, March 29, 2012 Increase Your Silent Auction Revenue
Thu, November 10, 2011 Moving Beyond the Spreadsheet: Databases!

I continue to be impressed with the depth of the board/professional workshops offered.


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