Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Episode #17 – DSAIA with Deanna Tharpe!

from the Down Syndrome Radio Podcast:
Remember last episode when we told you how great Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA) was as a resource a resource for you local DSA?  Well we went and got Deanna to join us for this episode to tell you more!
The short version is that Deanna has two sons.  When the second one turned out to have DS, she started a local Down Syndrome Association.  Three years later that DSA was winning awards.  Now she shares her talents with ALL DSAs through DSAIA.
DSAIA is sort of a trade association providing centralized support to all DSAs across the country.  This means better sharing of ideas across the country and results in better lives for individuals with DS!
Their big thing is their conference which is coming up in a few weeks.  This is not really a conference for individuals, but one for DSA board members to come and get trained.  We talked about it quite a bit and the organization and programming of this conference is amazing.  Sort of a Mecca or rite of passage for DS Board Members.  Not only are there very relevant topics by amazing speakers, but there is plenty of opportunity to network and we all know how important that is!  My wife, Kim, is going and so is Rick.  We will get the report when they come back!
DSAIA also does webinars to keep board members current throughout the year.  They also have a big push called ‘Gaps in the Map’.  Check it out on their website at www.dsaia.org
Thanks for joining us Deanna!
Mark
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