Educator Series NC Down Syndrome Conference

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Saturday, November 3rd
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Check-in 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Dedicated Educator Series – Triangle Down Syndrome Network is pleased to share its resources and offer a dedicated educator series at the North Carolina Down Syndrome Conference. TDSN continues to empower, connect, and support families of individuals with Down syndrome and the professionals who serve them.

 “Is it Sensory or Behavior…and can I change it?”
Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L 

Has anyone ever suggested your student with Down syndrome has sensory processing deficits? Can transitioning between activities or places be challenging? Do you find that your student seeks out sensory input or maybe even tries to avoid it all together? Sensory processing impacts all of us, but for many individuals with Down syndrome, the inability to control their sensory needs can impact their independence and community participation. Dr. Frank will describe sensory processing and the different ways sensory processing can impact individuals with Down syndrome as they mature. Tips for deciding if it is truly a sensory need or actually a behavioral issue will be shared. Practical sensory activities that can be incorporated daily as well as affordable equipment suggestions will be provided.

Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L is an Occupational therapist at the Advocate Medical Group Adult Down Syndrome Center in Park Ridge, IL. She has worked extensively with individuals with Down syndrome of all ages. She has experience with treatment and evaluation as well as leading a variety of groups for individuals with Down syndrome. Dr. Frank has conducted parent trainings and other educational opportunities for parents and professionals as well as self-advocates both locally and nationally. She earned her PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her dissertation was “Parents as the Primary Sexuality Educators for their Adolescents with Down Syndrome.” Dr. Frank has been the primary investigator on multiple research studies including individuals with Down syndrome and/or their families and has had her work published in peer reviewed journals. 


Lunch and Learn

You are invited to join the experts for an informal conversation, visit with exhibitors, and network with other participants.  Lunch will be provided, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.  Please make your own accommodations for further dietary restrictions.


  Universal Design for Learning – You can do it too!
Debra Holzberg, PhD


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to help teachers minimize barriers to learning for all students through research-guided solutions drawn from many disciplines (Meyer, Rose, & Gordon, 2014). By increasing access and reducing barriers to course material, Universal Design for Learning offers flexibility in how in how information is represented to students, in how students express their knowledge, and in how students engage in content. (i.e., multiple means of representation, multiple means of expression, multiple means of engagement). Dr. Holzberg will describe ways in which teachers can utilize the principles and practices of UDL to facilitate access to course content for all learners. Specific strategies and examples will be provided. Additionally, there will be time for questions and answers.

Debra Holzberg, PhD is a visiting assistant professor at UNC Greensboro (UNCG) in the Department of Specialized Education Services and a research associate with Beyond Academics (BA) where she serves as the external evaluator for BA. Her research focuses on the extent to which Universal Design is used among college faculty, the effects of self-advocacy instruction to access academic accommodations in postsecondary education (PSE), and assistive technology in PSE. Dr. Holzberg has presented at numerous conferences on a variety of topics (e.g., professional development, self-advocacy, transition to PSE settings.) Additionally, she has co-authored book chapters, and has publications in the area of secondary transition and self-advocacy. In addition to her scholarship and teaching activities, Dr. Holzberg is active in several subdivisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). She also serves on the boards of NC CEC and NC TASH.


Who should attend?

General education teachers
Special education teachers
School administrators

Where is the conference taking place?

Northern Wake Tech 
6600 Louisburg Road 
Building E 
Raleigh, North Carolina 
Conveniently located off 540 
Ample parking 

What is my investment?

$25 Registration.
Lunch included

What about CEUs?

A certificate of completion will be issued to participants.

How do I register?

     Online Registration is now closed. Onsite Registration will be available starting at 10:00 AM on 11/3/18. Depending upon attendance, lunch may not be guaranteed for those who register on the day of the conference.