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Contact: Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon
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For Educators

The Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon offers resources for parents and educational professionals to better serve children with Down syndrome. We offer a variety of publications, links and trainings to assist educators. We are pleased to offer the following issues of Kansas City Down Syndrome Guild’s award winning Inclusion Solutions newsletter which are chock full of tips and tools for educators who are doing amazing things with students who have Down syndrome. 

Fall 2010 Inclusion Solutions

Winter 2009 Inclusion Solutions

Fall 2009 Inclusion Solutions

Spring 2009 Inclusion Solutions

Fall 2008 Inclusion Solutions

Summer 2008 Inclusion Solutions

Spring 2008 Inclusion Solutions

Winter 2007 Inclusion Solutions

Fall 2007 Inclusion Solutions

Spring 2007 Inclusion Solutions

Want to get to know your student with Down syndrome better?  Invite your student's parents to complete this All About Me Booklet designed by the Kansas City Down Syndrome Guild so you will understand the best way to engage your student.  You might also consider a Peer Presentation to help the students understand more about their fellow student who has Down syndrome.

Here are some great videos about individuals with Down syndrome and inclusion: Everyone Counts - a Nickelodean video shows 3 examples of individuals with Down syndrome with their classmates and family illustrating how we are all different and that's what makes us the same; and NDSS's Dream Video - featuring the dreams and determination of individuals with Down syndrome.

Wondering what a para-professionals role is in the classroom? Review this great newsletter which outlines para roles.

Home-School communication is critical to helping a student with Down syndrome succeed academically and socially.  See some sample communication logs here and here that your IEP team may consider implementing.

View a great transition timeline for high school students created by the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns. 

Universal Design for Learning helps ALL students have full access to curriculum. In today’s dynamic, diverse classrooms, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers all educators and students an exciting opportunity to use strategies and technologies that bridge the gap in learner skills, interests, and needs. By accommodating students’ diff erent learning styles, UDL is able to transform instruction into a more engaging, meaningful experience.

Post secondary opportunites for students with Down Syndrome exist at many colleges and universities across the nation. Check out the resources below for more information.

Think College is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.

Going to College contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.

EXCEL is dedicated to integrating individuals with intellectual disabilities into the community through higher education and a commitment to an inclusive society.

Feel free to contact the DSASO . We’re here to help!

Check out the great resources below:

About Down Syndrome

View a list of 200+ iphone and itouch applications for special educators.

Special Offspring Educational Tools offers education programs and materials for students with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas Educator Manual

Including Students with Down Syndrome with their Typical Peers

Transition Planning for Students with Down Syndrome

Accommodation Checklist for Students with Down Syndrome

Explaining Privacy and Sexuality to Students with Down Syndrome

Discouraging Elopment in your Students with Down Syndrome

An Overview of Speech, Language and Communication for People with Down Syndrome

Speech and Language Skills for Young Children with Down Syndrome

Speech and Language Skills for Adolescents with Down Syndrome

Sexuality and Down Syndrome

Need a ready made presentation on Down syndrome?
National Down Syndrome Congress has partnered with other Down syndrome parent groups across the country to create several presentations to help you explain Down syndrome to others. Visit the Presentation Center to upload Power Point presentations on Down Syndrome and the Educational Challenge and How to Support People with Down Syndrome. More presentations are forthcoming.

Looking for speech and language resource information on Down syndrome?
Download Speech and Language Resource Guides for individuals with Down syndrome to give you a better understanding of your students unique communication needs.

Disability Awareness Presentations for Peers
Review the Disability Awareness Packet for several ideas on simulated activities to help peers understand various disabilities. Permission to reproduce these materials can be optained from Kathy.Wolter@dvusd.org.

Resources from Project Participate
Visit Project Participate to see how they provide families, educators, administrators and therapists with simple strategies to increase the active participation of students with disabilities in school programs. Project Participate facilitates team collaboration and promotes the appropriate uses of technology in the classroom. Handouts and forms are listed below.

See the Benefits of Inclusion and having High Expectations
Watch We're More Alike than Different, a powerful video about 4 individuals with Down syndrome and what they have achieved in their post school lives through high expectations and as fully appreciated and participating members of their communities. 

Read about why Inclusion Matters
In What I Know about Inclusion an educator/parent describes why inclusion makes a difference in children with Down syndrome.

What is Active Participation?
Being there is not enough. Students with disabilities benefit from placement in general education classrooms when they are given opportunities to actively participate! Often teams underestimate student abilities and mistake passivity for participation. This handout compares and contrasts active and passive participation to inspire teams to raise their expectations.

Ten Tips for General Educators
This handout delineates ten quick and easy things that classroom teachers can do to include students with disabilities in the classroom from day one.

Ten Tips for Paraeducators
In the fast paced school setting, paraeducators often embark upon classroom duties without the guidance they need. This handout describes simple suggestions for classroom aides to help them promote active participation and the independence of students with disabilities.

Ten Tips for Special Educators
Collaborate, communicate and promote the participation of diverse students in the classroom. This handout describes simple strategies for learning specialists and special education teachers.

Ten Tips for Administrators
Share this brief list of suggestions with school administrators and enable the principal or assistant principal to promote the active participation of students with disabilities in the regular education classroom.

Ten Tips for Therapists
Keep students in the classroom and meet therapeutic objectives. Follow the advice on this tip sheet designed for speech-language pathologists, physical and occupational therapists.
Ten Tips for Caregivers
This tip sheet offers suggestions to parents and caregivers to help improve their ability to work with professionals and others on the school-based team.

Ten Tips for Assistive Techies
Follow the common sense guidelines on this handout and get people to actually use computers and augmentative communication devices in the classroom!

How Does Your Classroom Work?
Special educators can use this brief but thorough checklist to learn more about the regular classroom environment. Take it along when meeting the classroom teacher to initiate questions and guide discussions. Form includes a To Do list to help with planning curricular adaptations.

Assistance Rating
Students with disabilities frequently receive credit for work completed by another person. Use this quick questionnaire during a visit to a secondary classroom as a way to measure the assistance given to students to complete tasks.

Participation Rating
How often is a student really participating in class? Use this form as a way to guide an observation of the student in the middle or high school environment and assess classroom participation. 

Participation Plan
Who is doing what? Where is the student supposed to be and when? Who is supposed to help? Use this form to create a system of accountability and define roles and tasks so everyone on the team knows what to do. 

Daily Participation Record
Paraeducators and classroom teachers complete this quick and simple form each day to document classroom accomplishments and maintain focus on pertinent goals.

Daily Participation Record - Sample
See a sample of a daily participation record created to help the school team document the daily performance of staff members and students.

IntelliPics Planning Sheet
IntelliPics is a multi-media authoring tool used by professionals and parents to create accessible learning activities that incorporate graphics, animation, text and sound. This sheet is designed to help individuals with a working sense of IntelliPics plan multi-sensory learning activities.


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