Our Workshops


A large conference with nationally known speakers is typically scheduled bi-annually.   Conferences have focused on social issues, healthcare, behavioral issues, sexuality, abuse prevention, estate planning and education techniques.

We are devoted to providing pertinent educational opportunities that empower our membership and community to become better educated about people with Down syndrome, the challenges they face, and how to help these individuals achieve their life goals.

Smaller Scale Workshops and Talks

Periodically, we schedule smaller scale workshops and programs that cover topics related to Down syndrome in the areas of parenting, education, healthcare, recreation, therapies, self advocacy, sibling issues, behavior, and life planning to name a few.

puberty workshop

The years leading up to and into puberty can cause anxiety for many families as their child's development forces the realization and inevitability of adulthood.  This workshop is for parents with a child/teen who has an intellectual or developmental disability. Terri will focus on the common questions and concerns identified by parents of children and teens between the ages of 9 and 15 years old.

Terri Couwenhoven MS, CSE is a well-known certified sex educator and author, specializing in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them. Her gentle, matter-of-fact approach combined with extensive knowledge and experience make her a popular speaker with self-advocates, parents, and professionals around the country.

Saturday, June 11 from 9-11 am
$10 parents, $20 Professionals
Scholarships available


To enhance the quality of life for all people whose lives are touched by Down syndrome.


We envision a community that demonstrates acceptance, inclusion and appreciation for those who have Down syndrome.