Down Syndrome Indiana offers resources for parents and educational professionals to better serve children with Down syndrome. We offer a variety of publications and trainings to assist educators.
Target Audience: All grades
Down Syndrome Indiana supports educators that have a student with Down syndrome in their classroom by providing educators with a free mini resource library upon request. This rich resource is full of books that encourage classroom inclusion and high expectations. If you would like to preorder your 2015 Elementary/Middle school or High school toolkit, please contact Alyssa Ludlow at email@example.com or call 317-925-7617. (25 High School and 25 Elementary/Middle School Toolkits will be made available.) More info at: http://www.dsindiana.org/EducatorsToolkit.php.
Target Audience: All grades especially 3rd graders
Let DSI staff and Self Advocates visit your school and present a message of inclusion and acceptance. This fun filled interactive presentation is great for groups of 10 to 300. Presentations are especially great for Disability Awareness Month in March, World Down syndrome Day on March 21st or Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. Don’t worry, you don’t have to choose a specific month, DSI will present any time of year! Contact DSI at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your presentation today. Help us get our message out to 2,000 students this year!
Target Audience: All Ages
Order a stock of business card sized cards that remind individuals that words can hurt. These easy to hand out cards encourage individuals to choose their words carefully and to use respect. Order cards for your friends, classroom or entire school. Free of charge. Please contact Lisa Wells at email@example.com to order.
Kids on the Block
Target Audience: Pre-K thru 4th grade
The Kids on the Block Program is a unique way to teach awareness and acceptance of all others with the help of child size puppets. The puppet troupe hosts puppet shows and Q&A sessions to teach Pre-K thru 4th grade students the importance of accepting others. Down Syndrome Indiana and the Joseph Maley Foundation formed a partnership to include education about Down syndrome awareness in the puppet troupe curriculum.
Ds Quiz Show
Target Audience: 5th through 12th grade and adult
Request a “Jeopardy” style quiz show presentation for your classroom. It is a fun way to learn about Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Students leave the presentation with a greater awareness and appreciation for individuals with Down syndrome. This presentation is great for grades 5 thru 12, and for adults. To schedule a presentation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition
Target Audience: Ages 14 to 22
If you are a student or if you know of a student with intellectual or developmental disabilities, are you wondering… “Why Not College?” So are we. The Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition promotes postsecondary education (college) options for students with developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome.
Adult Life Packet
Target Audience: Ages 18 and up
An adult life packet contains adult life resources for individuals with Down syndrome. You will find information on local Self Advocacy groups, information on aging and Down syndrome, financial tips, reading lists, area activities and more. Please contact Alyssa at email@example.com to order your copy today.
Educators, Check out the great resources below:
Need a ready made presentation on Down syndrome?
DSG partnered with the National Down Syndrome Congress and 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.
Visit Project Participate to see how they provide families, educators, administrators and therapists with simple strategies to increase the active participation of students wtih disabilities in school programs. Project Participate facilitates team collaboration and promotes the appropriate uses of technology in the classroom.