Annual Convention

General Conference

The General Conference is designed for parents, adult siblings, grandparents, caregivers, as well as, medical and educational professionals. General Conference attendees have access to six workshop cycles. Each cycle offers a selection of 90-minute workshops that registrants attended based on their interest. These interactive workshops are presented by the experts – from those who pioneer in early childhood communication, to those who redefine the K-12 classroom and those on the frontier of adult challenges. Attendees choose as you goes – no need to pre-register for specific workshops.

Note:Individuals registered for the Y&A Conference, B&S Conference, or Kids’ Camp do NOT also need to register as a general conference attendee. All attendee registrations include access to social events (unless a ticket is required), general sessions, and the exhibit floor.

Co-occuring Down Syndrome and Autism Track

The NDSC cares deeply about serving the needs of all families, including those with loved ones with co-occurring DS and autism, autism-like behaviors or complex medical needs. In collaboration with the Down Syndrome-Autism Connection, the NDSC will again offer a specially-designed workshop track to meet the needs of these families. Experts in the field of DS-ASD will be presenting on important issues and will be available to answer questions and provide much-needed support.

On Thursday evening, plan to meet and greet other families facing this dynamic at our Connections Reception.

Adult Sibling Track

The role of brother or sister changes dramatically as parents age. This track of workshop is designed to give adult siblings the tools they’ll 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.

On Thursday evening, plan to meet and greet other adults sibs at our Connections Reception.

Transition Track

We are all constantly transitioning throughout different stages of our lives. For individuals with DS the transition to adulthood is exciting as it signals independence and opportunity. For parents the process can be stressful and overwhelming when considering the medical, social emotional, education, employment, transportation and housing aspects. Taking the time to prepare and plan is the best way to manage the stress. Keep in mind that the process is a series of steps and not one single leap. Our hope is this track of workshop helps families and individuals with DS navigate this journey.

Film Festival

An entertaining component of the General Convention is the Film Festival. Taking place during the workshop cycles, the Film Festival provides an opportunity for attendees to view recently and/or soon to be released films highlighting the lives or interests of individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Special thanks to Gail Williamson of Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates Taletn Agency, Studio City, CA for coordinating the film festival.

Workshop Recordings

Workshop Recordings

Most General Convention workshops will be recorded and made available to general convention attendees shortly after the convention. This is a great way to listen to those sessions you are unable to attend in person. After all, you can only be in one place at a time!

For more information and additional purchase options go to Workshop Recordings