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WSA Dream Team Program

WSA Dream Team Program - DAILY SCHEDULE

Tuesday          Wednesday          Thursday          Friday          Saturday      Questionnaire

The WSA Dream Team is a program for adults with Williams syndrome, ages 31 and older.  Managed on-site by WSA parents, Bonnie Moran & Pam Blevins, the program is designed to provide a mix of low-key informational sessions and off-site excursions to local attractions. This program requires pre-registration and a separate fee. *Please note - evening activities, parent sessions & GANG sessions  (marked with an * and in color as indicated) are for information purposes only.  They are listed because you are welcome to attend.  However, you must per-register in the space provided on the Dream Team questionnaire.  These sessions are not an official part of the Dream Team program.

TUESDAY, July 3, 2012

1 - 2:30 PM          OPENING KEYNOTE         The Magic of YOU!      David Hira
Did you know that you are special and incredible beyond your imagination? Magician David Hira will enthrall you with both his magic and his perspective on the miracle that is YOU. You will laugh, be amazed, and in the end you will appreciate not only who you are but learn to better appreciate everyone that is around you. It's the "feel good" beginning of a great conference. Don't miss it!

1:30 – 2:30 PM     WS Chorus (optional)
If you are a teen or adult, and love to sing, you are invited to join us in a special choral group, which promises to be very exciting, and a great team learning experience . We will practice some really cool songs, which we will then perform at the Convention! Linda Lara, past choral conductor from many Williams’ camps, including Belvoir Terrace MA, and Whispering Trails in Grand Rapids Michigan, will be leading the Chorus, assisted by Jacquelyn Marston.

Words to the songs will be sent out to you in advance, and we hope to send along mp3 files so that you all can get familiar with the music.  Some of the songs we will practice include:
The Star Spangled Banner (Key), The Climb (sung by Miley Cyrus) , The Colors of America (Gallina), and All Over the World (Donnelly/Strid).

We hope to have a large group, which will help make a strong and beautiful sound! (Please note that the chorus will practice during “on-site” convention programming – you will have to miss a class to participate but you won’t miss any scheduled trips.  You must be willing to attend every practice to participate.)

2:45 - 3:15 PM     WELCOME      Bonnie Moran & Pam Blevins

2:45 - 4:00 PM 
*Tu - 103 Supportive Independent Living: How Parents Can Create a Living Arrangement that Works
Margot & David Wizansky; Specialized Housing

For 29 years, Specialized Housing has worked with families to create the supportive independent living arrangements of their choice. Each community is established by a group of families who share an experience and feel a kinship, and who become extended family for the residents and staff. WSA members who have children living in SH households will join Margot and David to share their stories and answer your questions about establishing and funding similar housing in your own communities.

3:30 - 5:00 PM    Prudential Skywalk Tour (optional)
See Boston from the highest vantage point! The Prudential Skywalk Observatory is on the 50th floor, offering spectacular 360 degree views of the city, Acoustiguide Audio Tour, Dreams of Freedom Museum, Multimedia Theater and the Skywalk's Gift Shop. On a clear day you can see the beaches of Cape Cod to the south, or mountains in New Hampshire to the north.  You'll also be able to see the Tall Ships in Boston Harbor!



WEDNESDAY: July 4, 2012

8:00 – 8:30 AM         Exercise with Pam & John

9 - 10:00 AM            Is Possible              David Hira
Anything is possible when we "find a way we can do it, not reasons why we can't". With lots of engaging magic, audience participation and "hands on" challenges, each attendee learns and experiences that they can do anything. By learning to build a strong teams of diverse people and look "outside of the box", the solutions to everything are found in the connections we make, the people we embrace.

10:15 – 11:45 AM        Health, Wellness & Prevention: What PT Can Do for your Health & What You Can Do for Yourself                Karen Hasson, DPT (sibling of young adult with WS)
This session will discuss the pathology and effect of Physical Therapy and exercise on conditions such as cardiovascular issues, diabetes, Hypertension (HTN), Poor balance, Joint stiffness/poor posture/muscle tightness, decreased endurance, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypercalcemia & hypothyroidism. A variety of exercises, stretches, and proprioceptive/balance training examples will be provided as well as suggestions for daily activity/exercise and social alternatives for activity such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Aquatic Exercise, and Dancing.

*10:45 - Noon  WED - 106 Self Employment for Adults with WS                    PANEL
Young entrepreneurs with WS will talk about how they got started in their chosen business endeavors, how they run their businesses day to day, and the help & resources they use to insure their success.

*9:00 - Noon (you must attend all 3 sessions)
Healthy Relationships: Sara Miranda
What to look for- the red flags signifying potential exploitation and abuse-and strategies for prevention and intervention. Both friendships and romantic relationships will be included.

Dating Readiness: Andrea Franz
Are you ready to date and how do you feel about it, acceptable dating practices, & uncomfortable dating situations and how to handle them (what to do when “he/she likes you and you don't like him", and much more).

Relationships, Romance, and Sexuality: Matthew Westra
An open discussion, with question and answers, about relationships, love, sexuality, getting together and breaking up, etc. The WSA Gang will have an opportunity to get some direct and frank answers to their questions and concerns.


2:00 – 3:00 PM       Chorus (optional, pre-registration required)

3:00 PM           *{embraceable} optional
Watch the documentary that captured the hearts of many at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival and the Special Olympics World Games in Athens. Producer Jon Kent will be on hand to take questions following the film

6:00 – 8:00 PM       Howl at the Moon  (optional – pre-registration & add’l fee required)
Join us for an interactive, dueling Pianos, Sing-a-long at this local night spot. The “bar” will belong to WSA folks and dinner is included in the price. (WSA "Celebration" performers will leave early to get ready for the 8:00 event at the Sheraton)

8:00 – 11:00 PM       *July 4th Celebration Concert & Dance (optional – pre-registration & add’l fee required)
Live music provided by the band "embraceable" and other adults with WS, snacks and the fireworks on the big screen

THURSDAY - July 5, 2012

8:00 - 8:30 AM              Exercise with Pam & John

9:00 - 10:00 AM            A. Internet Safety & Social Networking tips

                                   B. Chorus (optional, pre-registration required)

10:15 -11:15 AM          “K-9 Cops” Demonstration

11:15 - 1:15 PM            Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 4:00 PM             Blue Man Group
This is an interactive and sometimes loud performance. Please bring ear plugs or other sound deadening device if needed. To view a sample go to:

*2:45 - 4:00 PM  Th - 123 Programs for Living On Your Own PANEL
As parents, most of us dream about the day when our children are able to live on their own – it’s a “right of passage” into adulthood that we all want for our kids. Not so long ago, due to a lack of assisted living options, that right of passage was out of reach for many adults with WS. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. There are a growing number of programs and assisted living housing models where adults with WS can flourish. Providers from 3 of the best models as well as a service provider who works to support indl’s in these and other environments will discuss what these programs look like and how similar models can be developed throughout the country.

7:00 – 10:00 PM           *Wedding Reception & DJ Dance (optional – pre-registration required)
Join WSA staff member, Kate Gardner & her fiancee, Adam Mader at a dessert reception (cake cutting, bouquet toss & first dance included!) and dance the night away (music provided by one of Boston's top DJs)

FRIDAY - July 6, 2012

8:00 - 8:30 AM             Exercise with Pam & John

9:00 - 10:30 AM           KEYNOTE: Shut Up About Your Perfect Kids           Shut Up Sisters
Gina & Pat are sisters and parents raising children with disabilities. Inspired by the success of their sisterly heroines, Mary Kate and Ashley, and fed up with listening to parents brag about their “perfect children” and never asking about theirs, the sisters decided to seek therapy by writing a book. So in 2006, they self-published their first book, Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! The Movement of Imperfection, which explores the humorous, heartwarming side of raising an imperfect child in a world pre-occupied with perfection. By Friday we know you will be ready for a light-hearted morning filled with laughter, tears and a great message. You will find it here!

10:30-10:45 AM           Break

10:45 – 11:45 AM
1)   Keynote Session Follow-up discussion       Bonnie & Pam
2)   Parent Session, Where Are They Now        PANEL - WS Adults

Noon – 2:15 PM         Box Lunch & Trolley/Duck Boat Tour of Boston
Super Duck Tours focus on the history of Boston’s waterfront and splash into Boston Harbor. You’ll spend 45 minutes on land and 45 minutes at sea with spectacular views of the Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution and the Boston skyline.

5:15 – 5:45 PM           *Chorus Dress Rehearsal

6:00 – 11:00 PM         *Anniversary Banquet (optional – pre-registration & add’l fee required)
Special music presentations by the teen & adult chorus and school age campers; 30 year awards; dinner and dancing to the live music of the WSA Music Camp Instructors

SATURDAY - July 7, 2012

9:15 - 930 AM           Morning Welcome        Bonnie & Pam

9:30-11:00 AM          Closing Conversation    Bonnie & Pam
What worked & What Didn't.  Location & topics for the 2013 WSA Dream Team Workshop will be discussed

*10:00-11:00 AM Managing the technology in your life: Internet Safety, APPS to fit your lifestyle & help organize your life, Posting Appropriately on Social Media Sites and more.
We are all spending more and more time on the internet via lap tops, iPads and Phones. In this session you will learn about the importance of internet safety, and etiquette (especially with your friends on the WSA GANG & DT facebook pages). In part 2 of the morning session we talk about everyone’s interests and daily challenges and learn how to find APPS that can help.

Please complete the form below for each adult you would like to register in the program. There are 13 questions in the form. Please use the scroll bar on the form itself to access every question and the "release of liability". When you hit the "done" button at the end of the form, the questionnaire is complete and your answers will disappear, indicating that they have been submitted.