Resources For Educators
The DSAWM offers several programs and services designed to provide support and information to educational professionals and college students pursuing degrees in general and special education.
Teacher Information Packet
The Teacher Information Packet is a collection of information for parents, caregivers, and educators of students with Down syndrome in grades K-5. It is intended to assist each classroom teacher in (1) getting to know his or her student with Down syndrome and (2) building a comfortable and effective learning environment for every student.
The material addresses a wide range of subjects—from subject adaptation and student supports to social inclusion. A Getting to Know Me section is included for parents/caregivers and their children to complete together, as is a sample letter to distribute to parents of the other students in your child’s class.
1. Getting to Know Me
2. Educator Manual: Supporting the Student with Down Syndrome in Your Classroom
3. Sample Introduction Letter to Other Parents
4. School Accommodations and Modifications
5. Positive Steps to Social Inclusion
Weekly Update and DSA Press Newsletters
The Weekly Update is emailed every Thursday and shares information about our programming schedule as well as upcoming community events and opportunities. The DSA Press is our tri-annual newsletter featuring personal stories, informational articles, and news relevant to the West Michigan Down syndrome community. This more substantial newsletter is published electronically and emailed to members and community partners three times each year in the winter (February), summer (August), and fall (November). Click here to join our mailing list and begin receiving these publications.
Workshops & Conferences
Informational workshops and conferences are periodically held throughout the year to address topics relevant to parents/caregivers of, and professionals who work with, individuals with Down syndrome. Topics previously presented on have included behavior, adaptive and therapeutic devices, and transitioning out of the school system. Visit the DSAWM calendar to find upcoming learning opportunities.