Program & Speakers


This year’s conference is themed ‘Education’. We are putting together a packed agenda that speaks to current issues facing families and individuals living with 22q11DS.

Keynote Speaker

Donna Cutler-Landsman
I am 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. I am a retired educator who has spent 38 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 I have served as a cooperating teacher with the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison for 15 years and I have won an Excellence in Teaching Award in Economics Education. Since 1994, I have been actively involved with issues related to the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and education throughout the United States and abroad. I am a past president and U.S. Regional Director of the Velo Cardio Facial Education Foundation, I serve on the board of the 22q International Foundation, and I consult for the 22q Family Foundation and for the VCFS Virtual Center. In 2008, I wrote the first book dealing with the learning issues associated with the syndrome. The book, Educating Children with Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome, is now in its second addition. I have presented to groups throughout the U.S. and abroad on 22q11.2 issues and I have also produced teacher-training webcasts and a book for children with special needs entitled, So, What’s the Difference. My website is

Please check back soon for more info about the program and the speakers.