•  May 20, 2022
     9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Getting Ready for Students with Down Syndrome

Lunch break: one-hour break starting at 11:30am

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience – AdministratorsE, CSE and General Educators, Paraeducators, Family Members,Family Educators, Psychologists, Social workers, SLP’s, OT/PT’s, Early Intervention

Description – Are you welcoming students with Down syndrome into your pre-kindergarten or kindergarten classroom this year or are you a parent preparing for the leap from Early Intervention to Pre-K or Pre-K to K? Come and learn about characteristics and myths (e.g., They can be so stubborn!) about Down syndrome as well as helpful classroom and transition strategies. This workshop focuses on inclusive education and highlights ideas for supporting communication, behavior, and learning. It also features the voices and perspectives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families including Bridget Brown, a self-advocate and dynamic inclusion advocate and Nancy Brown, Bridget’s mom and a tireless educator and champion of schools for all.

Continuing Education – This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 2
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area D (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.


  • Paula Kluth

    Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities. She is a former K-12 special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Paula has also been a university professor and has taught courses on inclusion and disability studies. She is the author or co-author of 15 books including Universal Design Daily; “You’re Going to Love This Kid!”: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms; and Coaster (a story of a puppy with wonderful wheels).

  • Bridget Brown
    Bridget Brown is a self-advocate who inspires others to open their hearts, minds, and doors to include people of all abilities. She advocates for inclusive education and community living. She is a national public speaker, an actress, and a person-centered planning coach. She encourages everyone to "dwell in the possibilities!"
  • Nancy Brown
    Nancy Brown has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 40 years. She is a national inclusion consultant & advocate. She advocated for her daughter Bridget to be one of the first students with a disability to be included. Nancy loves working with Bridget, who gives her hope for the future!


1500 West Raab Road, Normal, Illinois, 61761, United States

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