“Moving Forward” on the Down Syndrome Information Act

Portrait of beautiful girl with Down syndrome on the playgroundOn Mar 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM (PDT), The Arc of Whatcom County, with the support of the Washington State Department of Health invites you to participate in a conversation to discuss “Moving Forward” on the Down syndrome Information Act, which passed the 2016 legislative session.

This bill was passed due to the successful advocacy of many families and individuals across the state who came to the legislature to make their voice heard! Now the work continues, as these materials, made available by the Washington State Department of Health Screening and Genetics department can be shared with medical providers and families across the state.

The goal of this webinar is to connect communities in our state and build on one another’s efforts, so we can further implement the Down syndrome Information Act into our communities and ensure it is being followed through by medical practitioners for the benefit of new families and our communities at large. Medical providers may not be aware of the resources that have been made available to families.

We will hear from:

  • Deb Lochner Doyle, Manager of the Screening and Genetics Unit with the Washington State Dept. of Health (DOH). She will discuss the Down syndrome Information Act and DOH’s implementation efforts to date; and
  • Stephanie Meredith, from the University of Kentucky, who will share National efforts to bring awareness to Down syndrome, as well as learn what other states have done to get information to families through their medical providers.

And we will have an opportunity to brainstorm what we can do in Washington at the community level to make providers aware of these materials and resources that are available to families in Washington state who have a pre-natal or post-natal diagnosis of a child with Down Syndrome.

Please join us on March 17th as we have a chance to hear the vision of Down syndrome Outreach, a program of The Arc of Whatcom County, and share in efforts to mobilize communities to move this work forward!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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