Education Connection Program

Our next Down Syndrome Specialist training will be on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Sedgwick Marsh Center Training Room, 1000 Ridgeway Loop at 7:45 AM  Click HERE to see the flyer! 

If you are a general education teacher, principal or assistant principal and are interested joining the Education Connection Program, please contact us for information.

Register by contacting DSAM at 901.547.7588 or [email protected]

Attend Natalie Hale's Educational Workshop for Parents and Educators: Friday, February 23rd 

Whole Child Reading: Go in Through the Heart and Teach to the Brain

Click HERE for information on the morning workshop.

Click HERE for information on the evening workshop. 

Both parents and educators are welcome to come to either workshop. 

Interested in becoming a Down Syndrome Specialist?

E-mail DSAM at ad[email protected] for an updated DS Specialist Committment Form

DID YOU miss laurie & katherine gaut's presentation on inclusion? (8/29/17)

See below for handouts:

Benefits of Inclusion



Inclusive Education

Laurie Gaut is the parent of a daughter with Down syndrome, advocate and an attorney who is often called on by parents of children with disabilities for advice.  She graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1986 and practiced full-time in New York City and Memphis before limiting her practice to concentrate on her daughter.  She has participated in the five-day 2013 William & Mary School of Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy. Laurie and her husband Jim adore their daughter, Katherine and are happy and proud to advocate for inclusion on her behalf. 

Katherine Gaut is a Senior at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee. She has been in an inclusive educational environment since Kindergarten.  With her typical peers, Katherine has enjoyed learning in class and participating in school activities. During high school, Katherine has been a member of the Drama Club, the Random Acts of Kindness club, and more!   Katherine is looking forward to college after she graduates high school.

Did you miss "Best Practices in education" workshop by michael remus?

You can find the PowerPoint presentation to follow that includes many effective steps to including the student with down syndrome in the general education classroom. there is information about classroom setting, accommodations and modifications, as well as much more informative help. click here for the handout: Great expectations for All

Mr. Remus also provided a handout regarding how you  can positively advocate for systems change: Plan for educating all Students 

Mr Remus also discussed that in his district in Arizona, individuals with disabilities are able to receive a regular diploma. Many attendees were interested in seeing their High School Graduation Standards so they could pursue this with the state of Tennessee. Please find the standards to follow and notice on page two, there is a waiver for students with IEPs and 504s. AZ Graduation Requirements

General resources for Educators


Resources available to all schools

  • Peer Presentations - DSAM has Peer Presentation kits that families can check out and use to teach their children's classmates about Down syndrome. 
  • DSAM Presentations - DSAM is always willing to present to groups to provide information and education about Down syndrome. 

Inclusion Solutions

Check out these Inclusion Solutions topics from our newsletter geared towards helping educators to help their students with Down syndrome!

Differentiate Instruction With Online Tools for Writing
Helping Your Students to Manage Transition Successfully
Why is it Important to Include All Students, Adapt Lessons to Reach All Students 
Avoiding Learned Helplessness, Peer Tutoring  (page 3)
Helping Your Student Learn to Attend to Task
Making Relationships a Priority
IEP Development Goals & Strategies
Tips for Teaching Math (page 2)


Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & The Mid-South
154 Timber Creek, Suite 5
Cordova, TN 38018 | MAP

Phone | (901) 547-7588
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