Presentations

  1. My Abilities — Duration: 60 minutes
    1. [English] – video
      1. Summary: The presentation shows the life of a person with Down syndrome; his interests and accomplishments in sports, music and academics. Golf, biking, violin, swimming, etc. video clips will be shown.
      2. Goals and objectives:
        1. Highlight the abilities, talents, skills, gifts and potential in Down syndrome
        2. Counteract the low expectations in Down syndrome
        3. Show that the joy of living does not preclude individuals with Down syndrome
        4. Mitigate the prevalence that everything told or written about Down syndrome comes primarily from someone without Down syndrome
    2. Mis Capacidades [Español] – vídeo
      1. Resumen: La presentación del autogestor Emmanuel Joseph Bishop, muestra el transcurso de la vida y los viajes de un joven con síndrome de Down y sus logros en los deportes, música, educación y lenguas extranjeras mediante videoclips de ciclismo y natación; lectura precoz y violín.
        La presentación; está dirigida tanto a profesionales como a padres de familia con el fin de concientizar y subrayar las habilidades de individuos con síndrome de Down.
        Por lo tanto, el mensaje primordial de la charla no es enfatizar tanto en esas áreas de discapacidad, que conlleva una vida de terapias enfocadas a las debilidades, sino un llamado para descubrir y fomentar las aptitudes relativas del individuo con síndrome de Down.
      2. Objetivos:
        1. Resaltar y promover las destrezas y capacidades innatas de individuos con síndrome de Down para que puedan tener la oportunidad de disfrutar una vida plena acorde con sus capacidades.
        2. Contrarrestar las bajas expectativas en el síndrome de Down.
        3. Mitigar la prevalencia que la narrativa sobre el síndrome de Down proviene principalmente de personas sin síndrome de Down.
    3. Mes Abilités [Français] – vidéo
  2. Early Literacy & Down Syndrome Ages 0-3: How to teach your baby with Down syndrome to sight-read — Workshop Duration: 30 minutes [English]
    1. Objective: To provide babies and toddlers with Down syndrome, ages 0 - 3, during the early intervention years, a head start by scaffolding upon the relative visual strengths in Down syndrome to teach sight-reading.
    2. Materials & Methods: Capitalizing on the seminal research by Buckley (1983) where Joanna was taught to sight-read 30 words by age 30 mo., case studies are presented with:
      1. Step by step sight-reading teaching methods using positive reinforcement and error-less learning with flash cards.
      2. How to create a literate environment to establish interest in print.
      3. Common apologetic barriers to exclude children with Down syndrome from literacy: child has to speak, to be able to read; reading readiness fallacy and the "lost childhood excuse."
    3. Videos of the toddlers sight-reading, two bilingual, will be shown.
    4. Results: Most toddlers with Down syndrome can learn to sight-read at least 50 words before their third birthday.
    5. Conclusion: Early literacy in Down syndrome increases self-esteem, attention span, vocabulary growth and MLU and enhances articulation. Sight-reading provides higher expectations by parents, siblings, therapists and teachers. Kliewer (1998) notes that children with Down syndrome with literacy skills were valued peers in the classroom.
    6. Buckley, S. J. (1983). Reading and language development in children with Down's syndrome. Portsmouth Polytechnic.
      Kliewer, C. (1998). Citizenship in the Literate Community: An Ethnography of Children with Down Syndrome and the Written Word. Exceptional Children, 64(2), 167-180.
  3. My Disability — Duration: 15-20 minutes [Latin/English]
    1. Summary: Emmanuel's speech advocates for the value, dignity and full humanity of people with Down syndrome of all abilities to live full and rewarding lives, objecting to the low expectations and eugenic views of the Princeton Bioethics Professor Peter Singer and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins of prenatal genocide due to outdated and inaccurate medical discrimination or to reduce or minimize "suffering."
    2. Introduction
      1. I do not exist to induce pity and/or inspire
      2. I am your talisman or mascot
      3. I am not "broken" or "special"
    3. Down syndrome is part of me
      1. If you "see the person, not the disability" you get half the picture
      2. Presume competence
      3. Our voice: "Nothing about us, without us"
    4. Medical versus Social Model of Disability
      1. Discrimination barriers that hinder inclusion to become active members in our communities
      2. "Well intentioned" discrimination is discrimination
      3. I am not an eternal child or an angel
      4. I am not a punishment for past sins
      5. Dignity, not pity
    5. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) [27 October 2014, Article 8] warned that NGO Teletón campaigns promotes the stereotype that persons with disabilities are objects of charity.
  4. Mi Discapacidad — Duración: 15-20 minutos [Latín/Español] – vídeo
    1. Resumen: La ponencia se dicta en latín con el propósito de poner al público asistente en una situación de discapacidad, donde requieren de una traducción para librar la barreras del entorno y así seguir y comprender la ponencia.
    2. Objetivo: Nuestros derechos humanos de dignidad, no basados en la caridad:
      1. Modelo Social de Discapacidad
      2. Nada sobre nosotros, sin nosotros
      3. Estereotipos y mitos en el síndrome de Down
      4. Defender mi derecho de nacer contra Peter Singer y Richard Dawkins
  5. Growing Up Catholic — Duration: 15 minutes [English]
  6. My Finances [English]

Q&A
  1. [English]
  2. [Español] – vídeo
  3. [Français] – vidéo