Specialized Educational Recommendations for Children with the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

Making learning fit the needs of the child.

Welcome, Parents, Educators and Professionals!

The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (also known as Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome and DiGeorge ) affects 1 in 2000 students, yet most educators and physicians remain unaware of the unique learning needs of these children.  It is a relatively newly diagnosed condition.  The genetic test to identify it has only been available since 1994 and there is a wide variability in the syndrome.  Donna Cutler-Landsman is an author and educator with 35 years of classroom experience.  She has extensive experience in helping craft specialized educational programs for this population.

Available Services:
  • Educational Consulting including Individual Education Plan (IEP) recommendations
  • Instructional Webinars and Staff In-Service 
  • Transition to adulthood planning including Social Security or SSI applications
  • Expert Witness Testimony, Due Process Hearings
  • Publications including the definitive reference on VCFS education

Latest news:

Family wins large settlement in educational due process hearing

related to Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome.  

Although I strongly advocate for cooperative problem solving with schools, sometimes families have no choice but to pursue the court system to get needed assistance for their child.  Read an excerpt from this groundbreaking decision that resulted in the district paying for private residential schooling for three years plus attorney's fees.  It is vitally important that districts recognize the complicated nature of this syndrome and to plan educational programs that address the unique learning needs of this population.

Click here for the discussion section of the judge's decision:

FREE Webinars

Free one hour webinars for parents and educators, presentated by Donna.    The next webinar will be in December and will focus on reading comprehension and 22q11.2.  Watch for information on the final date and time.

Click "General Audience Webinars" on the ruler above for more information.


A series of webinars targeted specifically to school teachers and staff,  "Striving for School Success:  Understanding the 22q11.2 Syndrome,"  is available in recorded form. There are separate sessions for pre-school/elementary and middle/high school educators.  Click "Staff Training Webinars" on the ruler above for more information.

Upcoming Conferences

Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome

22nd International Scientific Meeting of the Educational Foundation 

New Orleans, LA

​July 23-25, 2015

Getting Targeted Assistance

Do you have a new student with the 22q deletion syndrome?

 Now is the time for staff training.  Please contact me to arrange a 1-2 hour personalized staff meeting via SKYPE to learn about the syndrome and how to insure a great start for your new student.  

Call (608) 712-9141 for more information.