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Upcoming Events

February 13, 2016

Beat the Winter Blues Pool Party

Saturday, February 13th- Beat the Winter Blues Pool Party

Location: Howard T Ennis Pool 20346 Ennis Rd, Georgetown, DE 19947

Time: 1-3pm

Join us for an open swim with DSA families! Children and their siblings under age 15 welcome. No cost to attend. Indoor pool of course.

Please be sure to RSVP!
Start: February 13, 2016 1:00 PM
End: February 13, 2016 3:00 PM
Venue: Howard T. Ennis Pool
20346 Ennis Rd
Georgetown, Delaware, 19947
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February 20, 2016

Teen/Adult Valentine's Dance

The Down Syndrome Association Of DE invites you to join us for a Valentine’s Dance!

Date: Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m Place: MOT Senior Center 300 S. Scott Street Middletown, DE 19709

Please join us for a night of dancing, light refreshments, pizza and fun! Guest Ages 13 and older are welcome to attend with their siblings and parents.

Please RSVP to www.dsadelaware.org by February 6th or call 302-995-1004 with any questions.

We hope to see you there!
Start: February 20, 2016 6:00 PM
End: February 20, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: MOT Senior Center
300 S. Scott Street
Middletown, Delaware, 19709
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February 25, 2016

Southern DE Parent Meeting- Behavior Strategies

Please join us for a parent viewing and discussion of Michael Remus' presentation "Strategies for Supporting Positive Behaviors in the Inclusive Classroom" that was recorded at the NDSC convention this past summer. We will be watching the video as a group and discussing together.

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Milford Central Academy 1021 N Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963 Lab #815

Please be sure to RSVP!
Start: February 25, 2016 6:00 PM
End: February 25, 2016 8:00 PM
Venue: Milford Central Academy
1021 N Walnut St
Milford, Delaware, 19963
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March 19, 2016

Person- Centered Planning Workshop

Presented by the DSA of DE, Brandywine School District and Delaware Department of Education
Facilitators: Lisa A. Lawson, Ed.D Director, Special Education & Student Supports, Brandywine School District
Vicki Spence, MAP/PATHS Instructor

Join us on Saturday, March 19th from 10:00am to 12 Noon at AI DuPont 3rd Floor Classroom 1. Childcare will be provided. Please be sure to RSVP.

What is Person-Centered Planning?
Each Person-Centered Plan is an individualized approach that helps the person with a developmental disability discover what he or she really wants. A Person-Centered Plan is transformational, moving from an approach geared towards fixing or solving problems, to one focused on providing opportunities, avenues for self-actualization, personal freedom, meaningful interdependence, and community involvement.
MAP/PATH planning tools are helpful at times when there is a change coming i.e. like a change in school or program or when there is conflict. It can help bring sides together around a student, particularly when the road ahead isn’t clearly defined. Come learn more about how this planning method can be utilized in your students IEP meetings and transition planning.

See attached flyer to the top right of this page.
Start: March 19, 2016 10:00 AM
End: March 19, 2016 12:00 PM
Venue: A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road
Classrooms on the 3rd Floor
Wilmington, Delaware, 19803
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April 15, 2016

DSA Annual Dinner

Join us on April 15th for our Annual Dinner and Elections!
Childcare will NOT be provided, so book the babysitter now...then plan to enjoy an evening out with good food, good people, and good conversation.

Reception, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar begins at 6:30pm.
Dinner, annual meeting and elections will be from 7pm-10pm.

This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Brian Skotko.
A Board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities. In 2001 he co-authored the national award-winning book, Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome and, most recently, Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. He is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Skotko recently authored major research on how physicians deliver a diagnosis of Down syndrome to new and expectant parents. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, NPR’s “On Point,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Dr. Skotko serves on the Honorary Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, the Board of Directors for the Band of Angels Foundation, and the Professional Advisory Committee for the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources.
The night will also include Elections for Board Members, and presentation of the 2015 Advocacy Award.

You will have two options for an entree: Chicken Grand Marnier or Grilled Salmon Fillet. Be sure to select the registration type which includes your choice of entree. Please contact info@dsadelaware.org with any special dietary needs.

*RSVP by April 7th. We hope to see you there!*
Start: April 15, 2016 6:00 PM
End: April 15, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club
507 Thompson Station Road
Newark, Delaware, 19711
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