Deadline to submit proposals was January 4. Proposals will no longer be accepted.
The 2017 NDSC Convention will take place July 20-23, at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, CA.
The Convention Planning Committee is seeking proposals for the general convention workshop cycles geared for parents, family members, and professionals.
The Youth & Adult Conference Support Team is looking for engaging self-advocates (individuals with DS age 15 and older) to share their talents, experiences and perspectives with their peers.
- General Convention Workshop Speakers
Are you an expert in inclusion, speech pathology, technology or employment for people with Down syndrome? Are you highly engaging and motivating? Do you have proven strategies that will bridge the gap between parents and professionals in the Down syndrome community? Do you have solid presentation skills? If so than the NDSC wants to hear from you. Proposals for 90 minute workshops for the 45th Annual NDSC Convention are currently being accepted.
- Workshop Topics Requested
• Advocacy – Legislative and other
• Speech & Language Development – Sign Language, Oral Motor, Feeding
• Behavior (across all ages)
• Medical – All Ages, Aging
• Health & Fitness
• Inclusion – IEP Tips, Modifications, Accommodations
• Pre K – 12 Education – Math, Reading
• Post Secondary Education
• Independent Living
• Research – Medical, Science, Education
• OT – Sensory, Handwriting
• Community Inclusion – Spirituality, Friendships, Volunteerism
• Future Planning – Financial, Trusts, Guardianship
• Adult Sibling Support and Resources
• Co-Occurring DS-ASD Specific Workshops
- General Guidelines for Submissions
- Proposals will only be accepted via the online form from the NDSC website.
- Speakers will not be paid an honorarium or reimbursed for travel expenses. However, speakers will receive a complimentary registration to the general convention.
- One individual may submit multiple proposals for consideration. Each topic must be submitted separately and include all of the required fields.
- If there are multiple speakers for one workshop, one speaker should complete the main “Workshop Proposal Form” and each additional speaker should complete the “Additional Presenter Form.” Your submission is not complete until all speakers have completed the appropriate forms.
- Incomplete, late, or incorrectly submitted proposals will not be considered.
- Please be prepared to provide the following information when submitting a proposal:
• Workshop title
• Workshop abstract
• 3 Learning Objectives
• Workshop Outline
• Speaker name, title, company, full address, phone, email
• Speaker photo and short introduction
• Audio Visual requests
• Target audience
- Review ProcessAll proposals are downloaded, sorted by topic and audience, and then distributed to the Convention Planning Committee (CPC) for review. The CPC is made up of more than a dozen current and previous NDSC Board Members and Staff. Every member of the CPC has a family member with Down syndrome or another intellectual disability and represent all ages of the lifespan. The CPC will meet via conference call to discuss each and every proposal received. It typically takes several weeks for the CPC to complete the review process. During the review process, the CPC will compare proposals received in each category and rank them in order of preference. Just having the highest rated workshop doesn’t mean you will be selected. Available space and topic balance will determine the number of proposals accepted for each category. We typically received more than 120 proposals for approximately 70 workshops. If your workshop is not accepted it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an amazing proposal! It just means that we couldn’t fit it into our schedule this year. Any proposals submitted after January 4 will not be accepted.
All speakers will be notified of their proposal status by Mid-February. If you are selected, we will request you accept the invitation immediately so the workshop schedule can be created and posted.
- Tips for getting acceptedThere are a few ‘tricks of the trade’ that many regularly accepted speakers follow. We want to share these so everyone has an equal chance of getting accepted.
- People First Language is a must. If the copy in your proposal does not follow the people first language guidelines, than your proposal will likely not be selected.
- Include an outline of your workshop. It is helpful for the CPC to have an outline to reference when comparing workshops in each topic. Be realistic with the time you are allowing for each portion of your presentation. Be sure to leave at least 15 minutes for Q&A.
- Be creative with your workshop title and abstract. Abstracts that are more than 10 sentences will likely get chopped in half if accepted and do not include words that parents cannot pronounce or understand. Your primary audience will be moms and dads, so draft copy that they can relate to.
- Workshops that provide attendees with “How To’s” and “Proven Strategies” parents can take back and try at home will be given priority over workshops that do not.
- Remember who your audience is! While there are some professionals, most of our attendees are parents, siblings, grandparents and other caregivers.
- If you are using the same PPT, Handouts and Materials created more than a few years ago – it’s time to refresh. Nearly 40% of our attendees are repeat customers.
- Important Dates• Proposal Deadline – Wednesday, January 4, 2017
• Early February – Speaker notification of acceptance
• Mid February – Accept or Decline Invitation
• March 1 – Workshop List Posted
• March 31 – Workshop Schedule Posted
• April 10 – Convention Registration Opens
• May 26 – PPT’s and Handouts Due
The NDSC Convention is the largest event of its kind attracting more than 3,500 participants worldwide. It will take place July 20 – 23, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, CA. Workshops will take place Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. Only speakers who are available to present on all three days should apply. Special consideration will be given to professionals attending the DSMIG Annual Symposium on Friday, July 21.
- Workshop Topics Requested
- Youth & Adult Conference Speakers
The Youth & Adult Conference Support Team is looking for engaging self-advocates (individuals with DS age 15 and older) to share their talents, experiences and perspectives with their peers. This could be you!
- Do you have a special skill you have learned or want to learn that you could share?
- Maybe you have a new dance move you have learned or perfected?
- How about leading a group in a craft, activity or game?
- Do you have an accomplishment that would be inspirational for your peers to hear about?
The conference needs the following types of presentations:
- 45-minute Workshop – This is a 45-minute session that will be presented three times each to a small group of about 30 self-advocates. A person will need to be identified that will provide support both in preparing and presenting the workshop.
- 4-5 minute Panel Presentation with Q&A – Two to four presenters are grouped into a panel that will present together. Each panelist will give their presentation. After all presentations are complete there will be time to take questions from the audience. Support Team members will help both with understanding the question being ask and formulating an answer as needed. The audience size will range from 30 to 400.
- 15-minute Spotlight Presentation – This is in-depth presentation of a single topic by one or a group of people. The audience would range from 30 to 400.
- Large Group Activity (hands-on craft or movement activity) – This would be an activity or craft that would engage a large group of self-advocates (150-400.)
- Explore ideas by reviewing the list of presentation titles from the past.
If you would like to submit an idea you must complete the online Speaker Proposal Form
All presentations will be given on Saturday, July 22. Audio Visual equipment will be provided as needed (LCD projector and screen, PC laptop, microphone.) All other supplies are the responsibility of the presenter.
All proposals must be received no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2017, for full consideration of the Y&A Support Team. All presenters MUST register and attend the Y & A Conference. All presenters are responsible for their travel and hotel expenses. The support team will review all proposals and place presentations as they best fit program needs. Everyone who submits a proposal will be contacted by February 15th as to how their proposal can be included in the conference.
For General Convention Workshop Submission questions please contact:
For Youth & Adult Conference Speaker questions please contact: