World Down Syndrome Day

Tuesday 21 March 2017 marks the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day.

Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

Club21SB has produced a special WDSD 2017 newsletter for you to tell people about Down Syndrome and the importance of speaking up for Down syndrome.  This is designed to be shared by email or facebook or printed and used in schools or at community events. The flyer can be downloaded or shared here:.2017 C21_SB WDSD Newsletter.

Down Syndrome International encourages their friends all over the world to choose your own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

Share your WDSD World Events before 21 March and your WDSD Stories after 21 March on our dedicated WDSD website in a single global meeting place.

#MyVoiceMyCommunity – Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community

In 2017, we will focus on enabling people with Down syndrome (and those who advocate for them) to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to ensure that they can be included, on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.

We will be encouraging people with Down syndrome to say #MyVoiceMyCommunity and we will ask everyone to respond to our call by sharing and showing the world how people with Down syndrome participate in the community alongside everyone else. You can take part simply by sharing details of WDSD activities or by photos, messages, quotes or in any way you choose, using the hash tag #MyVoiceMyCommunity as well as #WDSD17.

WDSD Global Video Event and WDSD Conference will both explore this important area of focus.

Is Special Education Working for You?

“Make Your Voices Heard!” – ASLA proudly presents… Community Town Halls on governmental agencies that provide education, support, and services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the Los Angeles area.

Join us for Community Town Hall #1: Special Education (ALL Disabilities)

Please RSVP Here.


Friday December 9, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST

Westside Regional Center – 3rd Floor Board Room
5901 Green Valley Circle
Culver City, CA

Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with SBDSA

On World Down Syndrome Day, Monday 21 March 2016, join us to encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to say “My Friends, My Community” [Read more…]

US Department of Education supports inclusive Early Intervention

The US Department of Education recently issued a policy statement on Early Intervention for children with disabilities detailing the importance of inclusion in these programs. How are we going to do this? Come to our Making Inclusion Better conference on October 3 [Read more…]

Making Inclusion Better

Registration for our one day conference for teachers and parents is now open. The conference will be held at Torrance Memorial Hospital Health Conference Center on October 3rd 8 am-4 pm.

?Necesita interpretación en Español en el evento?  Podemos hacer esto disponible si se registra hacia el 26 de Septiembre.

Please send this flyer to your IEP team (and anyone else you think might be interested) using this link: [Read more…]

Myths of Inclusion

Making Inclusion Better speakers Natalie Holdren and Kristen Uliasz are both VPs on the board of CAL-TASH, the California chapter of TASH, an international leader in disability advocacy striving for fully inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities.

“For 40 years, TASH has advocated for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and resources for parents, families and self-advocates. TASH ensures that all individuals have the opportunity to learn, work, and enjoy life amongst a diverse community of family, friends, and colleagues.”

As a major contributor to the conversation, TASH provides important resources for those Making Inclusion Better. Natalie and Kristen will present Creating Inclusive Communities.



Making Inclusion Better

Save the Date!

SBDSA is excited to announce our one-day conference for teachers and parents on October 3rd 2015 8 am- 4pm at Torrance Memorial Hospital Health Conference Center.

Speakers will include Patti McVay recently retired from the Sie Center on Down Syndrome in Colorado and Laurie Pachl, on Making Inclusion Better.

Kristin Uliasz and Natalie Holdren from Cal-Tash on Creating Inclusive Communities.

Nancy Littiken, Executive Director Club 21 on Universal Design for Learning.

More information on the conference will be available soon.


Friends of SBDSA: NAPA Centre in Hawthorne

Our June play date will take place at NAPA Centre’s new facility in Hawthorne.  Many members will remember our play date at NAPA centre last year in their huge warehouse full of fun!  The driving force behind the center is Lynette LaScala.  Her experience of treating her son… [Read more…]

FRED Conference 2014: A conference for parents and professionals transitioning special needs children to adulthood

Early Bird rate runs out on 15th February 2014.  Have you thought about what your child’s life will look like when they are an adult? Where will they live, what will they spend their time doing, will they have a job or run a business?

The FRED conference (March 28th-29th) is dedicated to helping you answer these questions and start imagining the future.

Tim Harris is an entrepreneur and business owner.  His restaurant Tim’s Place, is a diner featuring breakfast, lunch & HUGS. Tim will be talking about his enterprise at FRED 2014.

 Kelly & Sterling, Self Advocates from down home ranch will also be at FRED this year talking about running a business.  
For more information about this event please go to their website

What are you doing for World Down Syndrome Day?

SBDSA is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting Terry Brown on Saturday March 22nd (the day after World Down Syndrome Day). Terry is going to teach us some of her techniques for teaching children with Down Syndrome. If you came last year – this is “Terry Brown Part II”.

Please circulate this link to the flyer to all the educators that you know. Teachers, Paraprofessionals and SBDSA Members are free.TB SBDSA Promo V5