Really….sharing is good!

Tue, September 18, 2012 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Deanna Tharpe, DSAIA Executive Director

Sharing your smile when you see a sad face: GOOD. 

Sharing your college party pics on Facebook: BAD.

Sharing your laugh: GOOD.  

Sharing your political thoughts at this time of year: might be BAD.

Sharing your sandwich with a hungry friend: still GOOD.

Sharing your tissue: GOOD….unless it’s used:  BAD!!!!   

Sharing your knowledge with other leaders: THE BEST!!! 

Sharing (for the most part) is good. It is why Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action was started. It is what we do on a daily basis. And the annual leadership conference in February 2013 is the best time to share since we’re all in one location, face-to-face, ready to learn, and ready to share.

And that is where you come in…it’s time to share. Share, you say? What do I have to share? Well, take a look around. What is your organization doing well? Hmmm…maybe you could share how you made that happen.  What is your protocol, your process, that makes it work? Started a new program? Or maybe you took another group’s program idea, made it fit YOUR membership and/or size of group…that is a great presentation just WAITING to happen.  Or perhaps there is a professional in your organization (staff or board member) that has nonprofit, leadership, or other type of knowledge that has benefited your organization in the past? Maybe that type of information would benefit others?

The possibilities are endless….because we have miles and miles to go in the sharing department. I feel like we’ve just gotten started! Pass the word – we’re looking for a few good men and women and topics!  The online speaker submission form is up now…you’ll find it at  It’s simplified from last year and only asks a few basic questions. But don’t wait too long…the time for sharing is ongoing but the time for scheduling speakers is limited! See you in Cincinnati February 21-24, 2013 for lots of sharing!

(Pictured above: Robbin Lyons and Edie Howard sharing a moment of smiles at the 2012 DSAIA Leadership Conference in DC.)


I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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