Save the date! The 2014 Wyoming Down Syndrome Family Conference is scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2014. We will be moving to the Parkway Plaza hotel this year and are very excited about the changes.
The full schedule and list of presenters is still not 100% set, but here are the presenters that are set:
Meredith Martin and Lee Jones
This dynamic team has prepared a presentation that will motivate self-advocates, their parents, support people, and educators. They offer tips on how to begin improving skills while still at home, encourage participation of self-advocates in the decision-making processes for their future and outline skills needed for independent living. They share methods that worked for them in their different communities.
Lee Jones, a self-advocate from Kansas City, MO, is a goal oriented young man. He graduated from Graceland University in Iowa in 2000 with a BA degree in recreation and a minor in theater. He now resides in Kansas City where he works as a fitness attendant and personal trainer as well as an intern in the HR department at the Kauffman Foundation. Lee has been living independently since graduation from college. Lee has traveled across the United States inspiring audiences in the art of setting goals and achieving them.
Meredith Martin, a self advocate from Neligh, NE, graduated from High school in the year 2000 and moved to her own apartment that fall as her classmates were heading off to college. Determined from an early age, she obtained her driver’s license to further her independence. She works part time at the hospital, an assisted living and a grocery store in her community. Like Lee, she inspires audiences by relating her story of growing up with Down syndrome and sharing her S. T. A. R. philosophy.
Come hear their presentation, "How to Prepare for Independent Living...Now!"
Whether your self advocate hasn't started to school or is graduating from college, it is never too early or too late to start preparing for independent living.
Scott Shepard, M.A., Ed.
Scott wil be presenting a session on positive behavior change.
Scott received his M.A. at California State University, Northridge. He focused on
Special Education, with an emphasis on school and community programs for individuals with severe
handicaps. Currently, Scott is the Executive Director of Avenues Supported Living Services. He is responsible for the overall coordination of Supported Living services for persons with developmental disabilities who live in the San Fernando & Santa Clarita Valleys.
Presenters and sessions will be annouced here as they are set so check back for more information!!!