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CONTENTS OF THE IEP AND THE ARD PROCESS                                                                                                REGISTER   
Saturday, January 27, 2018 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas 
1702 N. Collins Blvd. Suite 170 
Richardson, TX  75080
 
 
Cost: $0  (Registration is required and closes January 24 or until max attendance has been reached)          
 
 

Presenter:
Jim Wright, Region 10 Coordinator at Partners Resource Network - PATH Project

Description:
This workshop is designed to provide parents with practical working knowledge of the contents of an IEP as defined by IDEA. Through the process of writing an IEP, we will learn to set reasonable and measureable learning goals for a child with a disability, and to state the individualized services that the school district will provide for that child. Additionally, this workshop will provide an overview of the ARD process so that parents will be prepared to participate at every stage of the process. Participants will gain an understanding of the ARD meeting agenda, as well as their procedural rights and responsibilities.


STAAR TESTING                                                                                                                                                          REGISTER
Saturday, February 17, 2018 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas 
1702 N. Collins Blvd. Suite 170 
Richardson, TX  75080
 
 
Cost: $0  (Registration is required and closes February 14 or until max attendance has been reached)           
 
 

Presenter:
Lorna Salgado, Special Populations Consultant, Region 10 ESC

Description:
In this session, participants will learn the differences between STAAR testing with accommodations and STAAR Alternate 2 testing. We will discuss the participation requirements for each, as well as how state testing decisions and scores affect the student in progressing to the next grade level/graduation. There will also be time to ask general questions about state testing for students with disabilities.                                                            


PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE, 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING                                                         REGISTER  
Saturday, April 14, 2018 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas 
1702 N. Collins Blvd. Suite 170 
Richardson, TX  75080
 
 
Cost: $0  (Registration is required and closes April 11 or until max attendance has been reached)           
 
 

Presenter:
Tresi Moore Weeks, Attorney, Weeks Law Firm

Description:
Tresi explains the planning essentials involved with a special needs plan: Special Needs Trust, wills, life insurance and retirement beneficiary designations, powers of attorney, and life plan. She gives an overview on how each of the above areas relate to each other and how parents can provide for the care of their child after the parent has become incapacitated or passed away.
 
 
 
 



HOW TO DEVELOP TIME AND MONEY SKILLS THROUGH EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES                                   REGISTER   
Saturday, May 5, 2018 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas 
1702 N. Collins Blvd. Suite 170 
Richardson, TX  75080
 
 
Cost: $0  (Registration is required and closes May 2 or until max attendance has been reached)           
 
 

Presenter:
Carla Austin, OTR

Description:
Everyday life experiences offer some of the best teachable moments for reinforcing math concepts needed to perform activities such as telling time and using money. People with Down syndrome can benefit from these life lessons throughout their school years extending into adulthood. Strategies will be discussed to introduce skills and offer repeated opportunities for practice. Practical suggestions, take home materials, and handouts will be provided which can be used at home and school by teachers and parents in home, school, and community settings. The goal of this session is to leave with "go to" materials and activities and to know how to incorporate them into daily routines.
  



PLEASE NOTE:  Childcare is NOT provided for this particular seminar series, and parents are encouraged to make other arrangements for childcare out of respect for all our attendees.  Should you have any further questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Jennifer Ford at (214) 267-1374 or jennifer@downsyndromedallas.org.