It’s free and all are welcome!

“Creating and using an inclusion portfolio™”


October 14th  @  7pm


Traverse Area District Library

610 Woodmere Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686


Dena Aucoin  ·

Dena’s areas of expertise and research include creating and applying effective lessons in both the regular and special education classroom, behavior and classroom management, novice teacher support and training, grant writing, applicable goal writing for K-12 special education, adult online education, curriculum evaluation, and special education advocacy.

Brian Berger ·

Brian’s specialty areas are esigning and implementing effective lessons and classroom management solutions for all special education populations, K-12; transition planning law, conceptual transition improvement programs, community transition outreach, and effective early (pre-IDEA mandated) transition planning; federal IEP law, effective goal writing and application for all disabilities and ages.Brought to you by the down syndrome association of northwest Michigan!


A portfolio is a collection of student work with a common theme or purpose


Learn why having an inclusion portfolio will assist you and the IEP team to help support your student


Learn how to put together and present your information to aid in team collaboration

What to bring

·        Laptop

·        Current IEP

·        Picture of student

·        Materials that display strengths

·        Videos

·        Data


A Special Thanks to this group for an amazing First Annual DsupNorth Buddy Walk®! 2015!

Buddy Walk 2015







There are more pictures located on our Buddy Walk® page.

Calling for day of volunteers for our Buddy Walk®. We have a total of 66- 2 hour shvolunteer2ifts available for Setup Crew, Registration, Silent Auction setup, Silent Auction Monitor, Refuse Technician, Silent Auction Check-Out, and Cleanup Crew. There is also a spot on here to donate bottled water, bagels, and doughnuts for volunteers. We cannot pull this off without the kindness of others. Please consider volunteering! Please SHARE!


Touchstone Energy 2015 Junior Royale Parade

The Scaub Family  The Rogers Family  Team Sadie  Team Ryan  Team Madi  Team Katie  Team Gage  Team Emsley  Team Clare  Team Carmi  Sadie and Ems  Kaden and Carson  Jean and Ems  Carson and Kaden  Carmi and Ems2  Carmi


Cherry Fest

Down syndrome association of Northwest michigan


“The DsUpNorth Buddy Walk® recognizes that unconditional acceptance & inclusion begins with our children’s “buddies”.  These friendships send a valuable message to us all.  We encourage every one of all ages & abilities to share this message of acceptance, respect & value of all individuals with Down syndrome & come walk with us to celebrate these friendships!”

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WE NEED YOU!!!!Please watch for an email about how you can volunteer for our very first Buddy Walk®! Whether you pass out flyers wvolunteerork in a committee or help to raise donations your contribution is needed to make our first Buddy Walk® a success! Follow this link to sign up for a committee today!  Or click the Volunteerspot button located on the sidebar.      The Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Michigan  together with The National Down Syndrome Association presents the first annual DsUpNorth Buddy Walk®!
The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
When: 2013BuddyWalkDesign Saturday, September 19, 2015
Start Times:    9:00 Check-in/Late Registration/Silent Auction 10:00 Walk Start Time
Where:  F&M Park
Walk Route:  From F&M Park to Clinch Park and back
Events:  Info booths:  DsUpNorth, NDSS, Sponsors Ice Cream:  upon return to F& M Park Silent  Auction: ends at 1:00

Registration:  Watch for our email about how to register online. On site (day of) registration will also be available at 9am.  A minimum $5 registration fee will be requested for both online and late registrations.  


March 18,2015 Dream Team registration form 2015 March 18, 2015 World Down syndrome day

February 24, 2015                           

 Survey Please take this quick two question survey and tells us what subjects you would be interested in learning more about!     

February 19, 2015

Baseball Exciting news about adaptive baseball coming to Traverse City! Read on for more info and volunteer opportunities to make this happen this year! The Dream Team Adaptive Baseball Team, coming spring of 2015 From: Dayna Ryan, district Coordinator of Artists Creating Together and board member of the Traverse City Baseball Club. The Traverse City Baseball Club,(TCBC) is a local non-profit organization formed to provide baseball opportunities to players of all abilities. Currently the TCBC provides financial assistance to local travel baseball teams, is developing an Old Timers baseball team and most recently received funding to start this regions first adaptive baseball team called, The Dream Team.

The Dream Team is in the development stages. The concept blends co-ed players with disabilities with baseball players from local teams; including commitments from the TCC Trojan baseball teams and the 131 travel baseball teams, to name a couple but not limited to. The goal is to form 2-4 teams of players, ages 8-18. They would play each other in a round robin format, located on a field centrally located in Traverse City. The TCBC has received funds for basic equipment, uniforms, and the opportunity to access Free indoor baseball lessons in the baseball training room, located behind Club One Fitness, on Garfield in Traverse City. Current Needs: Looking for interested folks to join us and help us develop this wonderful opportunity. The TCBC will be offering a series of parent meetings coming in March to address team registration. In the meantime, we need you now to help us prepare for the season. Season Needs: – Volunteer coaches – Team communication – Recruitment of team sponsors What has been done to date: – Funding has been secured to launch the very first season. (team sponsors are also welcome/not secured) – A TCAPS baseball field at Traverse Heights has been secured with the cooperation of the Traverse Area Girls Softball league. – Partner ball players have already pledged participation. – Basic equipment has been secured. How to get involved: Please contact Dayna Ryan via email or at 231 883-5747. I welcome your ideas and suggestions anytime. Please note, this program has no limits and is being modeled in-part after a very successful program in Rockford Michigan called, The Miracle League. Please visit their website at: Every child deserves the opportunity to play baseball with their peers! You and The Dream Team will make that happen! Hope to see you on the field this spring! Dayna Ryan Dayna S. Ryan ACT-GT Regional Director


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