2019 Convention Insider ~ March 28

Gorgeous and Spacious Omni William Penn Hotel –
Still Available

The Omni William Penn Hotel is a premier Pittsburgh hotel and a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide, which is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures.  Registration for the NDSC 47th Annual Convention just opened this week and many families are excited about being in Pittsburgh this June 27th – 30th for the one-of-a-kind NDSC “giant family reunion” and to discover all that Pittsburgh has to offer.  Recently named one of the “Best Places to Travel”, Pittsburgh offers award-winning restaurants, outstanding family attractions, and a vibrant downtown rich in history.

We are thrilled to have arranged a special rate at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel for convention attendees.  If you have not yet made reservations for your stay in Pittsburgh, you will want to check out the Omni William Penn Hotel and register via the link provided upon completion of your NDSC Convention registration. This historic hotel, just a short 2 block walk from the convention center, has spacious rooms available at the discounted convention rate of $159 per night and a shuttle that will run between the hotel and the convention center during all convention hours.  Book your accommodations soon, as our room block is filling quickly.

Kids’ Camp is Filling Fast

Kids’ Camp is our most popular segment of the convention and like every year, sessions are filling fast.
Space is still available in sessions 1 (Friday, 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) and 5 (Sunday,  8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

For more information about Kids’ Camp or to register your child for open Kids’ Camp sessions, call the NDSC Center at 770.604.9500.  Please act now while space is still available.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-conference sessions give attendees the chance to spend four hours digging deep into a specific topic such as transition, behavior, IEP’s, or regression. These sessions, presented by nationally known speakers, are structured to include content that is research-based, share best practices, and provide proven “how to” strategies. All sessions also include time for Q & A.
If you are interested in attending a pre-conference session check out our full line up of sessions offered at https://www.ndsccenter.org/annual-convention/pre-conference-sessions.

Other FREE Opportunities at the NDSC Convention

In addition to more than 80 workshops sessions held during the NDSC Convention,  attendees have the opportunity to participate in other unique learning experiences.  These events are provided at no additional cost but separate RSVPs are required, after completing your convention registration.
Advocacy Boot Camp – Designed to be an Advocacy 101 course, this four-hour session will cover the basics of governmental processes, how to engage with legislators and tips & experiences from advocates and self-advocates.

Research Roundtable  – What parents, self-advocates & caregivers should know! The Global Down Syndrome Foundation Roundtable features renowned scientists and medical professionals providing the latest in research and medical care.

Research Rally – Start your Saturday at the LuMind IDSC Research Rally. Enjoy a light breakfast, learn about current research projects, get up to date info from a panel discussion with Drs Capone, Chicoine, Hendrix, and Skotko and participate in pep-rally activities that will keep you engaged in research all year.