Kathy Bogumil, Doris Erhart, Heather Hancock and Lisa Hancock, members of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma (DSACO), and Jill Harrison, executive director, attended the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.  on Feb. 29 through Mar. 3, 2012. The conference was held in DC to coincide with the Buddy Walk on Washingon, coordinated by the National Down Syndrome Society.

DSACO is one of 73 organizations who sent representatives to the annual event.  Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA) is a national trade association composed of nearly 80 Down syndrome support organizations from across the country.

"I'm excited to be a part of this unique conference which encourages the exchange of ideas and resources throughout the Down syndrome community as a whole,” says Kathy Bogumil, DSACO president.. “DSAIA brings Down syndrome groups together to share best practices and materials. This allows organizations like ours to shorten the learning curve, save money on costs, and better serve our local community.”

Deanna Tharpe, DSAIA Executive Director, states “it is a priority to grow the capabilities of local and regional Down syndrome organizations and create a unified effort to increase the acceptance of and opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome.” She adds that DSAIA “supports Down syndrome affiliates through a growing repository of programs and materials, regular training webinars throughout the year, and using DSAIA’s economies of scale to broker benefits for local groups.”
More information about DSAIA can be found by visiting www.dsaia.org. Learn more about [enter name of local organization] by visiting [enter local organization’s website.]