Our Next Event

22q and Strategies for School Success

JANUARY 29, 2022

As many are returning to in-person school the need for strategies is even more important than ever before. Please join us as Donna Cutler-Landsman shares her expertise in educating children with 22q. This session will be focused on students in grade K to 12 but all are welcome to join.


We hope you are able to join us and connect with our 22q Community.

Program & Speakers


Donna Cutler-Landsman is an educational consultant, speaker, author and advocate who plans special education programs on behalf of children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and others with complicated learning needs. She is a retired educator who has spent 36 years in the classroom, teaching children in grades K through 8, and as an advisor to the gifted program in the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District in Wisconsin. In addition Donna has served as a cooperating teacher with the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison for 15 years and has won an Excellence in Teaching Award in Economics Education.

Since 1994, she has been actively involved with issues related to the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and education throughout the United States and abroad. She began her own consulting business, Cutler-Landsman Consulting, LLC and since 2012 she has focused her efforts on assisting families and school districts with meeting the needs of children with complex medical needs. Donna is past president and U.S. Regional Director of the Velo Cardio Facial Education Foundation,  serves on the board of the 22q International Foundation, and consults for the 22q Family Foundation and for the VCFS Virtual Center.

In 2008, she wrote the first book dealing with learning issues associated with the syndrome. The book, Educating Children with Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome, is now in its third edition. Donna has presented to groups throughout the U.S. and abroad on 22q11.2 issues and has also produced teacher-training webcasts and a book for children with special needs entitled, So, What’s the Difference. Donna’s website is www.cutlerlandsman.com.


Supported by the 22q Deletion Syndrome Clinic at SickKids in Toronto, this parent-organized conference is designed to connect families whose lives have been touched by 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS).

This annual conference aims to provide parents and families with information to help them:

  • Educate themselves
  • Advocate for their children
  • Navigate the syndrome and the systems (education, medical and social) that impact people with 22q11DS

This annual conference is run by parents of children with 22q11DS, which means the content has been informed by parents and families.

Presentation of the 2016 C.A.R.E award.
Our co-chairs are Christine MacDonald and Lorraine Sutherns, who received the 2016 SickKids C.A.R.E. award, presented by The Division of Clinical & Metabolic Genetics for dedication and commitment to raising Community Awareness, Resources and Empathy for 22q11DS.

You can contact us at connect22qfamilies@rogers.com with any questions or to be added to our mailing list. 

Christine MacDonald & Lorraine Sutherns
Committee Co-Chairs


Get In Touch

If you’d like more information about the conference, please send us a message and we’ll get back to you.” Connect22qFamilies@rogers.com

Thank You

We are thankful to our sponsors whose generous support has helped to make our past conferences possible