Join us for our 2024 Virtual Down Syndrome Speaker Series!

Dismantling Ableism: Empowering Individuals with Down Syndrome to Thrive

The VDSA in-person Education Conference returns in 2025

4-night Virtual Speaker Series designed to empower, educate, connect, and inspire. *Spanish and ASL interpretation provided

Connect with other caregivers and allies of individuals with Down syndrome during this 4-night virtual speaker series. There will be two thought-provoking topics each evening – pick the ones that interest you most or attend them all. The ticket price covers all 8 sessions! We will engage with self-advocates, parents, disability advocates, and experts in the field.

*Scholarships available, email for more information

This Year’s Schedule:

Tuesday, February 20


Full Life: Setting our Kids Up to Thrive as Adults

Speaker: Amy Julia Becker, mother of an individual with Down syndrome


More Alike Than Different

Speaker: David Egan, self-advocate with Down syndrome

Thursday, February 22


Empowering Emotional Regulation and Prosocial Behaviors

Speaker: Sarah Schmitt, Behavioral & Educational Consultant


Fostering Independence

Speaker: Dana Halle, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County California

Tuesday, February 27


Assistive Technology: Supporting Independence

Speaker: Dr. Anya Evmenova, George Mason University


Competence, Autonomy & Relatedness

Speaker: Kendal Swartzentruber, Brandon Stees, self-advocate with Down syndrome

Thursday, February 29


Know What to Ask: Advocating for My or My Transition-Age Child’s Long-Term Needs

Speaker:Holly Peele, Northstar Career Academy


Just Human: The Quest for Disability Wisdom, Respect, and Inclusion

Speaker: Arielle Silverman, Disabled activist, Social scientist, and Author

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

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