Brothers & Sisters Conference
The Brothers & Sisters conference is a fun-filled weekend where siblings can share ideas and experiences and make new friends. It is a place to learn, to be inspired and grow, to be enlightened and encouraged, and to ask tough questions in a supportive environment. Participants will learn about Down syndrome and disability-related issues, including how to be an advocate for their brothers and sisters.
The conference is run by young adult siblings who are alumni of the NDSC Brothers & Sisters Conference. During the weekend, participants are broken into three groups. All groups will participate in interactive, hands-on activities led by experienced siblings.
Rising 4th through 5th Graders – Elementary School Group
Rising 6th through 8th Graders – Middle School Group
Rising 9th through 12th Graders – High School Group
B&S Conference Schedule
1:15 – 3:15 pm
Get Acquainted Session
All three groups come together to kick off the weekend in a fun and entertaining way.
9:00 am – 5:15 pm
Attendees will divide into groups, and each will participate in round table discussions, media activities and question & answer sessions. Siblings will also have the opportunity to engage in some of the interactive activities provided. Lunch is included in Saturday’s programming.
8:15 am – 12:15 pm
An exciting Off-Site Trip just for sibs. Attendees are asked to wear their B&S t-shirts on the trip.
T-shirts will be distributed on Saturday.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 8:15 am – 12:15 pm
Brothers & Sisters Conference attendees will go off-site for a field trip on Sunday, June 30 to Heinz Field, on board one of the Gateway Clipper vessels. Attendees will meet their team leaders in lecture room 406 at 8:15 am and then depart the convention center at approximately 8:30 am. Attendees are asked to wear their B&S t-shirts on the trip. T-shirts will be distributed on Saturday. Attendees will be provided a snack on the trip. Attendees will return to the convention center at approximately 12:15 pm. Admission, transportation, t-shirt and snacks are included in the B&S Conference fee. Please read below for more details about the Off-Site Trip.
Attendees will experience a behind-the-scenes tour and other highlights at Heinz Field. The tour will showcase this facility as a destination for excellence and world-class performances, both on the stage and on the gridiron! The tour will offer fans the chance to experience the rich history and tradition of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers while visiting the Locker Rooms, Premium Areas, Press Box, Field Level, and much more!
Once the tour is complete, B&S attendees will board one of the Gateway Clipper vessels to take a short tour along the river before returning to the convention center dock. Attendee will meet their families in the East Lobby of the convention center for dismissal.
To attend, a sibling must be registered specifically for the Brothers & Sisters Conference, by adding the individual as an attendee to registration, selecting the conference type “B&S Conference”, and completing the necessary questions.
Children under 18 are welcome to attend general convention functions (opening session, receptions, dances, exhibits etc.) with registered family members and do not need to be registered as an attendee. However, children must be registered if they would like to specifically attend the B&S Conference.
Proper support of all all attendees is of utmost importance to us, both for their safety and enjoyment. This requires much time and planning prior to the conference itself. We ask for necessary information at the time of registration. For this reason, we do not accept any on-site registrations for the B&S Conference.
It’s also important to note that we often reach our capacity for B&S attendance prior to the registration deadline and must close registration at that time.
The role of a brother or sister changes dramatically as parents age. The Adult Sibling Track of workshops is designed to give adults siblings the tools they will need to support their sibling. Packed with experts in financial planning, adult transition, employment and mental health, coupled with a few networking opportunities, adult sibs will leave feeling prepared, supported and empowered. You can access this track of workshops by registering to attend the general convention as a “General Conference” attendee.
Look for the adult sib icon in the WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS AND SCHEDULE for workshops in this track.