The Virginia Virtual Down Syndrome Speaker Series

February 20, 2024 @ 6:30PM — February 29, 2024 @ 8:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

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Dismantling Ableism: Empowering Individuals with Down Syndrome to Thrive

4-night Virtual Speaker Series designed to empower, educate, connect, and inspire.

Connect with other caregivers and allies of individuals with Down syndrome during this 4-night virtual speaker series. There will be two thought-provoking topics each evening - pick the ones that interest you most or attend them all. The ticket price covers all 8 sessions! We will engage with self-advocates, parents, disability advocates, and experts in the field.

*Scholarships available, email for more information

*register by Friday 2/16 for interpretation services (update: interpretation services are canceled for this event due to no requests for services)

Full Speaker Lineup:

Tuesday, February 20
Full Life: Setting our Kids Up to Thrive as Adults
Amy Julia Becker, mother of an individual with Down syndrome

More Alike Than Different
David Egan, self-advocate with Down syndrome

Thursday, February 22
Empowering Emotional Regulation and Prosocial Behaviors
Sarah Schmitt, Behavioral & Educational Consultant

Fostering Independence
Dana Halle, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County California

Tuesday, February, 27
Assistive Technology: Supporting Independence
Dr. Anya Evmenova, George Mason University

Competence, Autonomy & Relatedness
Kendal Swartzentruber, Brandon Stees, self-advocate with Down syndrome

Thursday, February 29
Know What to Ask: Advocating for My or My Transition-Age Child's Long-Term Needs
Holly Peele, Director Northstar Career Center

7:30-8:30 pm
Just Human: The Quest for Disability Wisdom, Respect, and Inclusion
Arielle Silverman, Disabled activist, Social scientist, and Author

A big thank you to our sponsors!

All Sessions Sponsor
VCU Center for Family Involvement
One Session Sponsor
National Down Syndrome Society
Dominion Energy
Scholarship Sponsor
American College of Education
Tonya Milling (Arc of VA)
Amy Nooe (The Communication Company)

Support us with a donation.