Community Education and Support

The DSA of Greater Charlotte offers opportunities for community members to learn more about Down syndrome and how to educate, include and empower them in a variety of settings, including in the workplace, in school and at home.

Together in Education (TiE)

The DSA of Greater Charlotte’s TiE Program is a partnership between the DSA of Greater Charlotte, area public, private, parochial and home schools and families with students with Down syndrome. This partnership is designed to ultimately maximize the educational experience for all students with Down syndrome.

Teachers are supported through consultation, resources, training and and information related to best practices when educating students with Down syndrome.  Our annual Educators Symposium features national presenters and offers a variety of sessions that focus on topics like reading comprehension and writing strategies, yoga in the classroom, co-teaching, and developing IEPs that focus on student success.

Families are supported through resources, IEP coaching and workshops that equip them to better navigate their child’s educational journey. Family Workshops are held several times annually, virtually and in-person, and offer topics including, but not limited to toilet training, understanding challenging behaviors, caring for the caregiver and navigating the IEP process.

To learn more, contact Holly Zipperer at 704-536-2163 or hzipperer@dsa-gc.org.

Creating Communities for All

The DSA of Greater Charlotte offers support to local community organizations like churches, YMCAs, libraries and law enforcement in an effort to promote understanding, acceptance and inclusion. Local community organizations may request staff training, consultation or other technical assistance to evaluate and strengthen their inclusive practices. For more information contact Holly Zipperer at 704-536-2163 or hzipperer@dsa-gc.org.

Building Better Businesses through Inclusion

The DSA of Greater Charlotte educates area businesses about the benefits of hiring job seekers with Down syndrome. Individuals with Ds can work and should be given equal opportunities to gain and maintain employment in their communities. It can be a “win-win” situation for both job seekers with Ds and employers.

Local businesses are offered opportunities to:

  • Receive Professional Development Training (Down Syndrome 101, Accommodations in the Workplace)
  • Host Meet-and-Greets with Job Seekers with Ds
  • Offer Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals with Ds
  • Offer Job Shadowing Sessions for Job Seekers with Ds
  • and more…

To learn more about how your business can benefit from hiring job seekers with Down syndrome and other disabilities, contact Holly Zipperer at 704-536-2163 or hzipperer@dsa-gc.org.