The Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma (DSACO) will host its Reaching Across the Plains Annual Conference Mar. 9-10, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, Okla. This year’s conference will include presentations Friday evening and all-day Saturday by a nationally-known leader in the Down syndrome community, Don Meyer.

Meyer is the director of the Sibling Support Project and is best known for creating Sibshops, lively programs just for young brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Currently, there are over 340 Sibshops in eight countries. Don also created SibKids and SibNet, no-cost listservs for young and adult brothers and sisters which allow hundreds of siblings from around the world to connect with their peers.

Along with the all-day Sibshop training with Meyer, Saturday’s schedule will include all a number of breakout sessions for parents that include topics such as potty training children with Down syndrome, working with school districts to create individualized education plans, special needs trusts/guardianship, assistive technology and post-secondary transition.

In addition to the conference for parents and professionals, DSACO will host a simultaneous conference for Self-Advocates and teenagers with Down syndrome covering topics of building and maintain relationships, exercise and fitness, performance arts, and health and nutrition.

Cost for individuals is $40, $60 for couples and $100 for out of state attendees. If you have questions about the conference or you would like more information about the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma, please contact Jill Harrison.