Canadian Down Syndrome Confence

Canadian Down Syndrome Conference

Speakers

Schedule

  • 19 May
  • 20 May
  • 21 May

Elena Ashmore

Cast Member
Born This Way
From A&E:
Elena is dynamic, opinionated, and somewhat unpredictable and can always be counted on to bring energy to the group.
Elena was born in Japan to a Japanese mother, Hiromi, and an Australian father, Stephen, and this multi-cultural influence has carried throughout her life. She enjoys practicing traditional Japanese Taiko drumming and cooking.
Elena has often struggled with accepting herself and her disability. Even just hearing the words, “Down syndrome,” evokes a visceral reaction. Her personal conflicts inspire the other cast members to examine their own self-images and ideas of what it means to be an adult with Down syndrome.

20 May

VATTA Committee

Canadian Down Syndrome Society
About VATTA: This exciting project has created a valuable Canadian resource that helps out the Canadian Down Syndrome Society because these adults are able to share their voices. VATTA speaks for all Canadians with Down syndrome, especially self-advocates who aren’t able to use their voice.

Barb Drummond

Barb wants to live in a world filled with inclusive education, access to essential services, books that come bundled with mint chocolate bar, and a killer cup of coffee along with the ability to eat plain rippled chips and dip that have zero calories. Barb completed her Bachelor Degree in Education in 1989 and went on to be an Award-Winning Educator. As an educator, she’s taught children from K-6 and junior high, and she was also a former administrator. Barb has also tutored children, taught Sunday school, and night school for adults requiring English as a second language.
In her career as a teacher Barb won the “Who Makes School Cool Award” in June 2000. She was also awarded the Alberta Teacher Excellence Award in 2004 with Provincial Recognition. Barb was a guest panelist on the “Let’s Talk Show” for the Women in the North Conference held in April 2016 in Peace River.
When Barb is not taking online courses and researching Down syndrome information she is also busy assisting her husband run two restaurants and an office complex.
As a couple they strive to be an employer of choice and are Award-Winning Business Owners – They received the President’s Award of Excellence (local Chamber of Commerce) in October of 2012.
This past December, Barb and her husband Gordon won the Premier’s Council Award for Employment Excellence with Provincial Recognition. They have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in making positive changes that create inclusive, barrier-free communities where persons with disabilities can fully participate.
Barb is keenly passionate to ensure all children have access to good quality education, access to resources while having fun in the pursuit! She loves cutting-edge techniques and programs that strengthen brain function. In the past she was heavily involved in the SOI (Structure of Intellect program) and more recently has become a TLP Provider – a music listening program, personalized to improve brain fitness at any age, level, or ability. TLP involves listening to acoustically-modified instrumental music through high-quality headphones with bone conduction allow a multi-sensory audio system to reduce stress, improve focus, self-regulation, learning, memory, and more.
Barb’s future plans are to write a book, obtain her Master’s degree, and learn how to take naps.

Sean McElwee

Cast Member
Born This Way
From A&E:
Sean is a self-professed, “ladies’ man.” But beneath a seemingly singular focus on “babes” lies a multi-talented athlete and a caring friend.
Sean is the focus of three books written by his mother, Sandra, detailing Sean’s journey navigating the school system and beyond. Together with his father, Rick, Sean’s parents are devoted to helping him accomplish his goals.
With his parents downsizing and moving to a new home, Sean strives to gain greater independence and one day live on his own.

20 May

Belinda Mendes

Belinda Mendes was born and raised in Calgary, and works as Family Counsellor at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Belinda is married and has 2 wonderful yet busy children. Her first born, Grayson, was born with Down syndrome and is also a cancer survivor (currently in remission). Her daughter Gabriella, is a spicy-tempered toddler who follows her brother around all day. Belinda found Adele’s Over the Rainbow Baskets through Facebook, and struck up an immediate friendship with Krista (especially after deciding Grayson and Adele should be betrothed). Belinda joined Adele’s Over the Rainbow Baskets last year, and shares Krista’s vision of the importance of supporting new families while spreading awareness of the beauty of Down syndrome.

Shelley Moore

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore consults locally, provincially and beyond. Her interactive presentations are based on contexts of specific schools and communities and integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and technology. She completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her masters at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a PhD student at the University of British Columbia. Shelley is the author of the recently published One Without the Other: Stories of unity through diversity and inclusion.

Angela Nyhout

Angela is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto. She will be presenting with her two sisters, Jacqueline a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children with intellectual disabilities and their families in Calgary, and Valerie a self-advocate, athlete, blogger and owner of Downright Valuable Ltd, they are originally from London, Ontario. They have supported each other throughout their lives to build their careers, hobbies, relationships, and networks. Their relationships with one another have helped shape the meaningful lives they lead today.

Jacqueline Nyhout

Jacqueline is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children with intellectual disabilities and their families in Calgary. She will be presenting with her two sisters, Valerie a self-advocate, athlete, blogger and owner of Downright Valuable Ltd, and Angela a Postdoctoral Fellow in Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto, they are originally from London, Ontario. They have supported each other throughout their lives to build their careers, hobbies, relationships, and networks. Their relationships with one another have helped shape the meaningful lives they lead today.

Valerie Nyhout

Valerie is a self-advocate, athlete, blogger and owner of Downright Valuable Ltd. She will be presenting with her two sisters, Angela a Postdoctoral Fellow in Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto, and Jacqueline a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children with intellectual disabilities and their families in Calgary, they are originally from London, Ontario. They have supported each other throughout their lives to build their careers, hobbies, relationships, and networks. Their relationships with one another have helped shape the meaningful lives they lead today.

Krista Rowland-Collins

Krista Rowland-Collins is a mother, wife, teacher and founder of Adele’s Over the Rainbow Baskets. She attended Mount Royal University and The University of Calgary. She graduated without honours, which was ok in her books but she did have a full scholarship, so parking fees were bearable. Krista thought about doing stand-up comedy, but chose to use her grades 1, 5 and 6 students as her audience, as they had no choice. Krista later went on to teach at-risk high school girls, where they thought her comedy routine was sub-par. Krista has two beautiful girls, Brinley and Adele. She is also married to a man who has a load of patience. Krista realized that after giving birth to one awesome little girl, new parents who have a baby born with Down syndrome, needed support, a basket full of goodies, a valuable resource list and a great big CONGRATULATIONS. Krista’s goal is to educate and show others the true beauty which lies within every individual with Down syndrome.

Dr. Alyssa Siegel

Dr. Alyssa Siegel is a general pediatrician who cares for patients at the Trisomy 21 Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Siegel has authored articles and textbook chapters for parent and physician education, and regularly participates as a reviewer for the audio-digest, Practical Reviews in Pediatrics. Dr. Siegel has developed on-line educational materials regarding the medical complications of Trisomy 21 for the American College of Physicians. She has been an invited speaker at national conferences, including the 2016 Canadian Down Syndrome Society Conference and the National Down Syndrome Congress.

Curtis Slater

Curtis Slater is the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at the Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research and is also Board President for the PREP program in Calgary. In addition to his work in the disability sector, Curtis is the father to four boys, the oldest of which has Down syndrome. Curtis is passionate about improving the lives of persons with disabilities and has a keen interest in the role that technology can play in promoting skill development, providing daily supports, and increasing the level of independence for persons with disabilities.

Dr. Kishore Vellody

Dr. Vellody completed his medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In March 2009, he assumed the role of Medical Director at the Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania. Since then, Dr. Vellody has spoken at a variety of local, regional, and national meetings on the care of children with Down syndrome. He serves on the Executive Committee of the board of the National Down Syndrome Congress and chairs their Professional Advisory Council. He has created podcasts on the care of their children and has also created a blog for parents.

Dr. Vellody became a pediatrician in large part because of his relationship with his older brother, Das, who is smart, funny, caring, . . . and also has Down syndrome.
General

Conference Registration

03:30 PM 07:00 PM

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Welcome Reception

07:00 PM 09:00 PM

Join us Friday night for the welcome party! There will be fun for the whole family. Come try your skills on our carnival games while enjoying good music, entertainment, and surprises. Everyone is invited, even those not registered for the conference!
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Registration

07:30 AM 10:30 AM

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Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address

08:30 AM 10:00 AM

Information coming soon.

Speakers

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10:30 AM 12:00 PM

Adulthood

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School Years

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10:30 AM 12:00 PM

Early Childhood

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10:30 AM 12:00 PM

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Lunch

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

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01:15 PM 02:45 PM

Adulthood

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01:30 PM 03:00 PM

Early Childhood

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01:30 PM 03:00 PM

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Retirement

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01:30 PM 03:00 PM

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03:30 PM 05:00 PM

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03:30 PM 05:00 PM Calgary Flames Foundation Room

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VATTA Night

07:00 PM 09:00 PM

Fun for the whole family! This is an all ages event. More details to come!

Annual General Meeting

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Adulthood

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Early Childhood

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Adulthood

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School Years

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10:45 AM 12:00 PM

School Years

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Lunch

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

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Closing Ceremony and Endnote Address

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

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Banquet

06:00 PM 11:59 PM