Each year WyDSA hosts a conference for people with Down syndrome and their families. WyDSA began hosting the conference in 2006 as a way to provide opportunities for many families to learn from the same experts that are at the national conferences. The Wyoming Family Conference is a chance for families to get together and spend time talking, sharing information, and learning from world-renowned experts. The conference is free to families due to the successful fundraising efforts of the Wyoming Buddy Walk®.

WyDSA provides respite care and a variety of exciting activities for kids of all ages. This not only makes for a great time for the kids, but also allows parents to focus on their sessions. The kid's sessions change from year to year, but one constant is a special session and activity for siblings.

In addition, there are sessions geared toward teens and adults with Down syndrome. These sessions provide learning opportunities in a fun environment


  2015 Down Syndrome Family Conference

May 29 and 30, 2015 in Casper, Wyoming

If you are interested in registering please contact Joelle at 307-742-6641 or joelle@arkrs.org

We will once again be at the Parkway Plaza Hotel in Casper, Wyoming which will have a block of rooms available to conference attendees. WyDSA will have grants available to help offset the cost of travel for
families. We will continue to provide respite care for people with Down syndrome and their siblings during the conference, meals will be provided all day Saturday, and we will end the weekend with the Buddy Ball! All of the specifics will be included in the registration brochure which will be mailed in April.

If you have questions about the conference please contact Joelle by email at joelle@arkrs.org or by phone at 307-742-6641.

2015 Conference Speakers for Parents:

Craig Marcott, http://www.specialneedsplanli.com/

Who’s Going To Cook For Me Now?: Planning For The Future Of Your Special Needs Child


• Critical ages in the Special Needs Planning timeline
• Guardianship
• SSI/Medicaid
• Overview of legal and financial issues
• Special Needs Trusts
• The ABLE Act

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR), http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/watr/index.html

Assistive Technology – Tools for Independence

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software or product system that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. In this session we will discuss some common uses of technology to increase independence and meet the unique needs of a variety of users.

We know the iPad is great tool but, what other technology is out there? We will review a wide variety of AT “tools” and related services available in our great state for students as well as families/caregivers to promote independence from our earliest users to those living and working independently.

Assistive technologies don’t have to be complicated or costly; supports that are well-chosen and planned improve performance and learning in both school and community settings.

Joan Medlen, http://www.downsyndromenutrition.com/

For teens and adults with Down syndrome:

Joan Medlen, http://www.downsyndromenutrition.com/

Brad Carroll, http://wsfm.wyo.gov/fire-prevention/personnel-and-inspectors

Safety in the Home

This presentation is a blend of current information concerning home safe and it will display current technology that will go a long way to create and assist home safety. Information will be provided to deal with injury prevention of all types which may occur in the home

Stay tuned for more information about workshop and registration specifics!



Please note that these sessions are open to people with Down syndrome and their families only. If you have any questions please contact Joelle at 307-742-6641.

Past conference presenters include:

Michael Allshouse, D.O.

Lewis Jackson, Ed.D.

Paul Taylor

Brian Chicoine, M.D.

Dennis McGuire, Ph.D.

Joan Medlen, R.D., L.D.

Kristi Menear, Ph.D., CAPE

Jennifer Meyers Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP

Gretchen Carroll, M.A

Terri Couwenhoven, MS

Brian Skotko, M.D., M.P.P.

Sue Levine, MA, CSW

Patti McVay, M.S.

Laurie Pachl

Scott Shepard, M.A., Ed.

Meredith Martin

Lee Jones

Bob Nieniec