Trainings & Events

Upcoming events

    • Thu, August 24, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    Due to the popularity of our Software Safari series, we have brought you another opportunity to view association software that is a favorite among DSAs and nonprofits in general - Wild Apricot! The session is scheduled for 90 minutes but length will depend on length of Q&A.

    Not sure if you can make it? No worries, we'll record it but you MUST register in order to receive the recording later that day!

    About Wild Apricot

    Wild Apricot is web-based software for small associations and non-profits to help manage membership, website, events and other activities. It is "cloud" software, meaning it runs through a web browser without needing to install anything on your local computer. Since our focus is small organizations, we've designed Wild Apricot to be both powerful and affordable, with pricing plans starting at just $40 per month.

    Disclaimer:  DSAIA utilizes Wild Apricot for its website, event registration and membership management.

    • Tue, September 12, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar

    DSAIA Affiliate-Presented Webinar


    Please share with your families!

    Speaker: Seth Towers, MA

    This webinar will cover:

    • Why problem behavior occurs.
    • How some of your interactions with an individual can unintentionally increase problem behavior.
    • How to change your interactions so that problem behavior decreases and appropriate behavior increases
    • Building rapport with an individual so that you can be an effective change agent in the person’s life.
    • Teaching replacement behaviors to decrease problem behavior and increase appropriate behavior.
    • Using social stories to teach new skills so that the person will not need to use problem behavior.

    Sam Towers, M.Ed., owner of Towers Behavior Services, LLC is a behavior analyst who has spent 25 years providing services to individuals with disabilities who exhibit problem behavior. In addition, he has served as a special educator and has trained special education teachers at the University of Kentucky. Towers has a Master’s Degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado and has completed three years of post-master’s training at the University of Kentucky. In addition, Towers has authored the chapter “Addressing Problem Behaviors in Individuals with DS-ASD” in the book When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect. 

    Presented by Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota in partnership with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action through a grant from Dakota County.

    • Thu, September 14, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • GoToWebinar

    DSAIA Partnership Webinar


    Please share with your families!

    Speakers: Chris Rodriguez and Heather Sachs, ABLE National Resource Center

    Register for the time most convenient for you!

    1 pm ET           8 pm ET

    Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts are now available across the country for qualified individuals with disabilities to save more than $2,000 in assets without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits. There are more than two dozen ABLE programs available nationwide, giving individuals with disabilities a tax-advantaged savings vehicle to foster independence and improve their quality of life. In this webinar, Chris Rodriguez and Heather Sachs from the ABLE National Resource Center ( will walk participants through a primer on ABLE accounts and how to use them, including what they are and who can qualify for one; what the rules are regarding eligibility, distributions, and account limits; how to open an ABLE account and manage the funds; how the funds in ABLE accounts may be used; and which states are offering ABLE accounts and how these ABLE programs differ. We hope you will join us to learn how you will be better #ABLEtoSave for the future!

    Presented by Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action and National Down Syndrome Congress through the ABLE National Resource Center.

Past events


Down Syndrome Awareness Month/Day Ideas

Interactive Peer Presentations

Supporting Your Members with Mosaic Down Syndrome

World Down Syndrome Day: Random Acts of Kindness Campaign (available to nonmembers) Watch it now! 

Board Development

Board Development Series: Board Development 101

Board Development Series:  Board Orientation

Board Development Series: Getting Your Board 'On Board' With Fundraising

Board Development Series: What is the Role of Your Board?

Board Development Series: Shared Responsibility and Accountability

Board Development Series: Strategic Planning with Your Board

Building a More Productive Board

Building Your Board: New Ways to Develop Leaders

Creating and Living Into Your Strategic Plan

Developing an Auxiliary Board for Your Organization

Firing Lousy Board Members (And Helping Others To Succeed)

How To Lose a Board Member

How To Lose an Executive Director


Direct Educational Support - Is The Learning Program™ Right For Your Organization?

How to Present a "Back To School" Workshop

Fundraising & Events

Build a Better Golf Tournament

Creative Fundraising Strategies

Creative Ways To Say Thanks!

Donor Development (3 part series)

Grantwriting Boot Camp (6 part series)

Holiday Party Planning Made Easy

Increase Your Silent Auction Revenue

Leaky Bucket  (2 part series)

Run for Your Money: Organizing a 5K

Setting Your Fundraising Goals (And Creating a Plan To Make Them A Reality)

What Your Sponsors Really Want

Wildly Successful Events: How To Get Sponsorships

Your Year End Appeal is a Terrible Thing To Waste!

Governmental Affairs

Growing Grassroots Advocacy at the State Level

How To Pass a Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing Law in Your State

Marketing, Communications & Social Media

Creating Your Facebook Content Strategy

Cut Copy & Paste: Intellectual Property 101

E-Newsletters That Make Your Donors Want To Give

How To Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with Your Website

Marketing Your Walk

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Social Media 101

Spreading the News: Turning Worthy into News-Worthy

Spreading the News:  Working With The Media

The 'Like' able Organization


Adding Top Level Staff

Budgeting for the Small Nonprofit

Budgeting Using Intuit Quickbooks - Premier Nonprofit Edition

Are You Covered? (2 part series on insurance for nonprofits)

Divide & Conquer: Time Management for the Small DS Organization

How To Read Nonprofit Financial Statements

How To Write an Annual Report

Moving Beyond the Spreadsheet

Nonprofit Accounting: Lessons Learned

The Threat Within: Internal Controls

Year End Accounting Questions

Zero To Sixty: Fast Track Your Young Group Into a Professional Organization!

Prenatal & Medical Outreach

Build or Enhance Your First Call Program

Urgency of Medical Outreach 


A Healthier Life: Health & Wellness Program for Adults with Down Syndrome

Camps for Individuals with Down Syndrome

Creating Successful Support Programs for Grandparents

Customizing the NDSC Adult Toolkit for Your Families

Diversity Outreach

Harmonic Treatment: Heartstrings Program

I Can Bike

New Family Support

Next Chapter Book Club

Oklahoma SibShop Initiative

Planning a Successful Conference (From Start to Finish)

Why D.A.D.S.?


Memory & Sleep: DS Cognition Research  (available to nonmembers) Watch it now!

Understanding Down Syndrome Research (And How You Can Help)

The Research Landscape: Update on DS Cognition Research & Ongoing Clinical Trials


New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

Social Media & Volunteer Engagement

Volunteer Power: Walk the Walk

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


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