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Author: Faith Levario, Development Coordinator, DSASTX

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The goal of this podcast is to provide professional, quality information, and resources to individuals with Down Syndrome and their families on topics of interest related to Down Syndrome in English and Spanish. Though there are some Down Syndrome Podcasts out there, there aren’t many that cater to the Latino population as well. This podcast will also bring awareness and support to the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas, which is based in San Antonio, but covers all South Texas.

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Season 2, Episode 4 is a 30th Anniversary Special! The DSASTX is celebrating 30 years of serving the Down syndrome community this year. We were so excited to sit down with the first and former Executive Director of the DSASTX, Terri Mauldin. She gave us an insight on her journey from the very beginning from being a mom to her daughter Stephanie, who has Down syndrome, and how she became a part and helped pave the way to what the DSASTX has become today! She chats about her time and jour...
Season 2, Episode 3 is a Family Spotlight! We talked with Katie and Luke Ryan, who have a 5 year-old son, Levi, who has Down syndrome. They gave us an insight on their pregnancy diagnosis story, their journey with Levi, advice for new parents, and their time here with the DSASTX. We hope you enjoy this month's episode, and thank our guest family, the Ryan's, for coming out to talk with us! We also hope the Texas Down Syndrome Chat supports, educates, and inspires our listeners, whether you ha...
On Season 2, Episode 2 of the Texas Down Syndrome Chat we chat about the ARD/IEP meetings! In this episode, we sat down with a very special guest and friend of ours, Juan Hernandez, who is a Special Education Services Manager at Brighton Center, and discussed all about ARD/IEP meetings. He shared his expertise as a parent and an advocate working within special education. He shared his advice and tips on how to navigate ARD/IEP meetings, while giving us an insight on his own experience. We hop...
We are officially in Season 2! On Season 2, Episode 1 of the Texas Down Syndrome Chat we chat about the upcoming Rise School that is opening THIS AUGUST in San Antonio! In this episode, we sat down with two very special guests, Vanessa Hurd and Taylor English, who is the Rise School of San Antonio co-founder, and discuss details on what the Rise School will entail, the benefits of it, and all the information you need to know about its opening, location, and enrollment process. We hope y...
In Episode 12 we sit down with special guest, Sarah Savoia, who is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Research Investigator for the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, to educate us on Alzheimer's Disease, brain health, and the ongoing research and study conducted by the Biggs Institute and UTHSC. To learn more about the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neur...
El episodio 11 es otro foco de atención familiar, ¡pero en español! Este episodio es presentado por la Directora de Educación de DSASTX, Magaly Diaz con la invitada especial y una de nuestras mamás de DSASTX, Jessica Zimbron. Hablan de las experiencias de tener una hija con síndrome de Down. Ella nos da una idea de su viaje con su hija Rebeca, el mantenimiento de un hogar bilingüe y el tema de la “educación en el hogar”, y más. Esperamos que disfrutes el episodio de este mes y agradezcamos a ...
Episode 10 is a Supporter Spotlight! It is our very first one, and it’s where we sit down with one of our supporters/donors for the DSASTX , and for our first one, we brought out a special friend, supporter, and overall amazing human being, Yolanda Valenzuela. We talked with Yolanda, who represents the Kym's Angels Foundation as she gave us an insight into her journey in the non profit world, and how she began, what she has done, and what she hopes to continue to do. We hope you enjoy this mo...
Episode 9 is learning about nutrition, gluten, and building healthier habits! We sat down with one of our dietetic intern, Duyen Ho, who discusses the strengths and challenges of health conditions with individuals with Down syndrome. We hope you enjoy this month's episode, and thank our guest, Duyen, for coming out to talk with us! We also hope the Texas Down Syndrome Chat supports, educates, and inspires our listeners, whether you have Down syndrome, or know someone who does.Please follow us...
Episode 8 is a Family Spotlight! It is our very first one, and it’s where we sit down with one of our DSASTX families and chat about their journey. We talked with Laura and Joseph López, who have a beautiful 8 year-old daughter, Liliana, who has Down syndrome. They gave us an insight on their birth diagnosis story, their journey with Liliana, some parenting advice, and their time here with the DSASTX. We hope you enjoy this month's episode, and thank our guest family, the Lopez’s, for coming ...
On today's episode, we talk to a fan favorite here at the DSASTX: Coach Dan! Coach Dan tailors fitness for people of all special needs. His program, F.I.T.T.I.D helps support, and educate individuals with disabilities through functional fitness training and nutrition where anyone, regardless of their disability, can become stronger and more independent. You can find more information on his programs here: https://letsgetfittid.comFascinating stuff. You can join one his classes here at the DSAS...
On today's episode, we speak to Tracy Fontenot, the Co-Founder and Executive Director at Kinetic Kids: a fellow nonprofit that helps special needs and their families through sports, fine arts and educational programs to help development of courage, confidence, fitness, pride, joy and community!Visit the Kinetic Kids website for additional information! We also hope the Texas Down Syndrome Chat supports, educates, and inspires our listeners, whether you have Down syndrome, or know someone who d...
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DSASTX's own Magaly Diaz speaks with Claudia Vargas of Education Service Center, Region 20 about bilingual education, approaching Down Syndrome stigma within the LATINX community and experiences with their daughters living with Down Syndrome. Visit the ESC-Region 20 website. We also hope the Texas Down Syndrome Chat supports, educates, and inspires our listeners, whether you have Down syndrome, or know someone who does. Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok @DSAST...
Episode 4 is all about the past couple of weeks at the DSASTX! Our Education Director, Magaly Diaz, and I do a recap of all the recent events that just happened over the month of March and the beginning of April. We chat about World Down Syndrome Day, the 2023 Collective Palette, the Spurs game, and our 2023 Easter Egg Hunt! During the episode, we introduce and discuss more details and information regarding our 2023 Better Together Inclusion Conference. If you want to know more about our upco...
Episode 3 is all about introducing the Executive Director, and founder of SA Life Academy, Cindy Boynton. She is a mother of a son, who has Down syndrome and has played a part in the history of the DSASTX. We chat about her story and journey with her son Drew, and what inclusion has meant to her throughout the years. We discuss how we as a community can celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and all the loved ones in our lives. We hope you enjoy this month's episode, and thank our guest Cindy, for...
Episode 2 is all about discussing occupational therapy, with Occupational Therapist, Analy Flores, who has over 10 years of experience in working with pediatrics and has been a part of the team at Pediatric Therapy Specialists for the last 6 years. We discuss what occupational therapy is and what it can do for children and adults with Down syndrome. We talk about what OT's work on, including sensory processing, and all their goals while working with different families. We hope you enjoy this ...
Welcome to our first official episode of the Texas Down Syndrome Chat. Episode 1 is all about introducing the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas with host and Program and Outreach Coordinator, Faith Levario, and our guests, Executive Director, Brian Lopez, and Education Director, Magaly Diaz. We give an insight into who we are and the paths we took that led us to the DSASTX. We talk about what our organization provides for individuals and families living with Down syndrome, and wh...
Welcome to The Down Syndrome Association of South Texas' official podcast: the Texas Down Syndrome Chat. We are so excited to launch our podcast this year! This episode is a short introduction to the Texas Down Syndrome Chat and what we hope this podcast will bring to all of you. Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook @DSASTX or visit our website at dsastx.org to send us questions, comments, or suggestions regarding our podcast, and even what you would like for us to talk abo...
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