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Down Syndrome Association of Central California presents

Tools for Success Conference 2016

We are excited to invite you to our 1-day conference for Parents, Caregivers, Educators, Healthcare providers, Case managers and Professionals. The day will provide you with information on current issues and topics impacting the special needs community. Participants will leave with tools, expertise, and a better understanding of the landscape of disabilities at large, to help enhance your knowledge and serve as a resource for others.

The conference offers three tracks; one focusing on youth (newborn-12 yrs), teens & adults, and lastly, a track specific to Down syndrome health.  A portion of the lunch break will also serve as a discussion panel with our guest speakers.

Youth Track (geared towards children birth-12yrs with any disability): Sessions will cover “Keys to Student Success in Inclusive Settings” with Patti McVay and Laurie Pachl; and “Social Building Blocks: teaching your child about behaviors & relationships from the very beginning” with Susan Akbiyikian

Teen/Adult Track (geared towards persons13 yrs + with any disability): Sessions will cover “Transitioning from School to Independence” with Patti McVay and Laurie Pachl; and “Relationships 101: Tools to deal with friendships, sexuality and adulthood” with Susan Akbiyikian

Down Syndrome Health Track: Sessions will cover the latest changes in “Down syndrome health care and growth charts” with Dr. Michael Allshouse & Dr. Carmela Sosa; and Aging & Alzheimer’s: Warning signs, Diagnostic Process/Evaluation, Behavioral management techniques, & Research updates” with Dr. Loren I. Alzing, MD, Director/Neurologist UCSF Alzheimer & Memory Center, Marcy Johnson, PhD, UCSF Alzheimer & Memory Center, & Deby Hergenrader, Executive Director/Founder, Break the Barriers

 Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Double Tree Hotel in Downtown Fresno

2233 Ventura Street Fresno, CA 93721

Registration: $60 per person    *Cost includes light breakfast & lunch

*If you would like to attend but cannot afford the registration, please contact DSACC Staff for available scholarship registrations.

Thank you to our incredible sponsors:

Central Valley Regional Center     Down Syndrome Association of Central California     The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation     Valley Type & Design

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Keynote Speaker(s):

Patti McVay is an international speaker, trainer and author supporting students with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Patti has spoken in Japan, Canada and South Africa, so also brings a world view of the great needs our children have for respect and equality. Patti recently retired as the Director of Education for the Linda Crnic Institute and Sie Center for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado. Patti has been both a principal and special education director and together with Laurie Pachl, is providing support, training and resources to children and adults with Down syndrome and other disabilities, their families, schools and communities around the United States. Patti has been on the Colorado State Special Education Advisory Board and recently joined the board for Rocky Mountain Deaf School. Patti has been an educator all of her life and often speaks to the invaluable voice of parents in creating partnerships and success for their children. Patti & Laurie work tirelessly with families and educators to make lasting change for all kids.

Laurie Pachl is a community leader making a difference in the lives of children and young people throughout the nation.  Laurie not only partners with Patti, but serves on the Colorado Hands & Voices Board of Directors, is a State Winning Softball Coach, and is a supervisor for the Aurora Recreational Sports Park. Laurie also served as a member of the Colorado State Special Education Advisory Board and is a member of Exceptional Student Services Unit as a member of the Special Education Improvement Plan. As a member of the Nationally recognized Arapahoe Sheriff’s office Victim’s Advocate Team, Laurie also works to support individuals, such as those involved in school shootings or other crisis events, giving her very diverse and significant skills when it comes to promoting and supporting all kids, families and educators.  Laurie as also authored articles and newsletters to encourage other parents and educators. Laurie brings a wealth of experience and information and the invaluable voice of a parent.

Susan Akbiyikian is a local retired clinical psychologist, specializing in behavior for individuals with developmental issues over the last 25+ years.  Akbiyikian has worked extensively over the last 10 years through DSACC and other local agencies, to provide support and education to teens and adults with developmental disabilities understand relationships, social interactions and how to understand and cope with their own emotions.

Dr. Loren I. Alzing, MD, Director/Neurologist UCSF Alzheimer & Memory Center, Marcy Johnson, PhD, UCSF Alzheimer & Memory Center, & Deby Hergenrader, Executive Director/Founder, Break the Barriers

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