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The MDSC continues to develop information and resources pertinent to the times we are in to best support parents of school-aged children and education professionals.
Collaboration with The 3-21 Foundation
The MDSC, in collaboration with the 3-21 Foundation, is pleased to offer a second timely webinar in early 2021.
Accessing the Curriculum in Our New Socially-Distanced Normal
Saturday, February 6, 2021
9:00-10:30am ET

Accessing the General Curriculum is an essential component to the educational programs of our students, even more so today in our new socially distanced normal. This workshop explores ways to support your child's growth within the general education curriculum by understanding how to use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Resource Guide. As students get older and the general curriculum standards become more complex, it is important that families understand how to find the entry points into the curriculum. We spend a significant amount of time on accommodations and modifications as these are key to a successful educational experience.

Pamela Booth, Lead Parent Educator/Educational Consultant, The 3-21 Foundation

Pam serves as Lead Parent Educator with the Learning Program Boston, the 3-21 Foundation’s parent-focused educational intervention program. In her role, she leads parent workshops on topics in Down syndrome education, bringing evidence-based research into practice to homes and schools. She is a frequent presenter on best practices for teaching literacy and numeracy to children with Ds and presents annually at Ds regional conferences, reaching both parents and educators. She also serves on the Board of the 3-21 Foundation, guiding the growth and delivery of its education programs. Pam is the proud mother of 17-year-old Christopher, who happens to have Ds. She began her career in the disability community over a decade ago, leveraging her professional skills to benefit families who have children with disabilities. In the field of education she has represented families as an Advocate, re-established her local SEPAC, and piloted reading and education programs for students with disabilities. Her work in the policy realm has included positions with Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC), and Southeastern MA21 Council, a disability policy collaborative. She currently serves on the Board of the Brockton Area ARC and Massasoit Community College’s MA Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative.
MDSC Education Resource Parent Volunteer Program
At the MDSC, we understand the importance of peer-to-peer support and the value of personal connections, especially for parents as they work to advocate on behalf of their child at school. 
 
If you are a parent of a child with Down syndrome and are seeking resources and guidance related to education, you are welcome to contact Kristen Tenglin, the MDSC Membership Services Director, and she will pair you with a trained Education Resource Parent Volunteer. This trained resource parent will then connect with you at a mutually convenient time and provide support, helpful tips, and applicable resources - including MDSC fact sheets and webinar materials - in collaboration with the Membership Services Coordinator.
Registration Opening Soon!
MDSC 37th Annual Virtual Conference
Creating Innovative Pathways for the Future
As we enter the new year, we are proud to announce that the MDSC Annual Virtual Conference, which will take place on Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th, will once again spotlight research in the Down syndrome community as well as timely topics related to Covid-19.

The world is changing fast - new technologies, new treatments, and new research are on the horizon for people with Down syndrome and their families. It can be daunting for families to access and understand how this may impact their lives and that of their loved ones with Down syndrome. 

With all that in mind, our 37th Annual Virtual Conference, we will delve deep into the promising developments in Down syndrome research and the exciting potential it has for the future.

Our on-demand and live, interactive workshops will highlight innovative clinical trials and explore the studies underway nationwide that have promise to make a difference in people’s lives. We will cover the latest research on COVID-19, education, clinical care, technology, behavior, and Alzheimer’s disease, to name a few.
Featuring Keynote Speaker

Chris Nikic
The first person with Down syndrome to do an Ironman!
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261
Burlington, MA 01803
781-221-0024
www.mdsc.org