Tue, March 13, 2012 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Mark W. Leach, Esq.

Each year, those who attend the DSAIA conference myself included, experience emotions on opposite ends of the spectrum beginning with "E": going from "energized" to "exhausted." It's understandable--late nights, early mornings, and days packed full of discussion and information can both energize and exhaust. But we all know that success lies in not simply receiving the info at the conference, but in following through when we return home. Next week provides one of the easiest steps for follow through.

Next Tuesday, March 20, 2012, the Informed Decision Making Task Force (IDM TF) will be holding its regularly-scheduled conference call. The call is at 12:30 pm Eastern and we'll be discussing attendees' experience at the conference, their plans for World Down Syndrome Day, and the plan of action to deal with advances in prenatal testing and proposed public policy.

I hope you enjoyed the prenatal testing/medical outreach track at this year's conference. If you left these sessions wanting to do more--as many, many people shared with me was their intention--one of the first steps is participating in the IDM TF. To participate, just e-mail me at and you'll be added to the call-in list.

I hope you'll join us. It's always fun, insightful, and, particularly for new members, they leave knowing more about what is happening around our country to engage in medical outreach and provide accurate information and support to our current and future members. Also, feel free to friend me on Facebook to see both commentary on the recent reports on the lawsuit in Oregon and a new letter by Dr. Skotko and myself published in a medical journal this week.

I look forward to hearing you on next week's call and thank you for following through on your commitments and intentions from the DSAIA conference!

Thanks to guest blogger (DS of Louisville President and DSAIA Board Member) Mark Leach!

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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