Coming off the success of their 15th annual Buddy Walk last month, the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of Baton Rouge’s membership is busy again, planning a unique workshop for people of all ages with Down syndrome, their families, teachers, therapists and friends, said Duane Lee with DSAG.

“This is our third year to present the workshop, and we think it keeps getting better every year,” Lee said.

Lee said he and Veronica Crow, who chairs the workshop committee, try to choose topics and speakers that its membership wants, needs, and may not otherwise get a chance to hear.

“We try to offer a wide variety of programs for different age groups with Down syndrome, for parents and caregivers, for educators and professionals,” Crow said.

This year’s speakers are Brian Skotko and Sue Levine, co-authors of the book “Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters,” Crow said.

“They’re nationally known, so we’re really excited to get them here,” she said.

The workshop, set for Jan. 22 and 23 at Pennington Biomedical Center, will also include a self-advocacy track for participants with Down syndrome including self-defense, art and dance, she said.

Other tracks will be for siblings of those with Down syndrome and parents.

Skotko and Levine will speak to siblings ages 7 and up, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22. The remainder of the workshop will resume at 8 a.m. Jan. 23. For more information on exhibiting, sponsoring or attending, contact or