Annual Convention

Get Involved / Volunteer

How can I become involved with and support the Convention?

Outside of attending the NDSC Convention, there are various ways to contribute to the event. The convention needs to fill more than 600 volunteer slots to make things run smoothly.  You can also support the convention through Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Souvenir Journal Messaging.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an indispensable part of the NDSC convention and directly contribute to our overall success.

Volunteers are needed for a wide range of activities, with time slots available across the convention weekend. More than 500 volunteers will join more than 3,500 attendees from around the world at this year’s convention!  Please note that volunteers are not granted access to conference workshops or social events.  Convention registration and badges are required to participate.

Youth & Adults Conference

In order to provide the best experience for over 300 self-advocates (youth & adults ages 15 and older with Down syndrome), we need extensive support over the three days from volunteers age 18 and older. Though it is not a requirement to commit to all three days, the consistency and familiarity created by having the same volunteers providing support throughout the conference is ideal. No previous experience is necessary – just flexibility, the desire to interact directly with self-advocates and willingness to have fun.

Kids’ Camp

There are five sessions of Kids’ Camp over the weekend each serving 150 children ages 6 weeks – 14 years. Volunteers ensure the safety of all campers and provide support in various activities in a structured setting. Activities will include educational and therapeutic play, crafts, physical movement, short games, entertainment groups, etc. The majority of campers will be children with Down syndrome.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Throughout the weekend general convention volunteer opportunities include registration, session hosts, venue guides and floaters (those willing to do anything as needed). We also need bilingual (Spanish-speaking) volunteers to work in a variety of roles. We ask that volunteers are age 18 or older for all areas.

For questions about volunteering contact Nichole Schaefer at

Register to Volunteer

Volunteer registration is open!

  • Visit the NDSC Convention volunteer registration site.
  • Select the area in which you would like to volunteer.
  • Choose a day and time slot.
  • Provide the required information.
  • Within a few minutes, you will receive an e-mail to confirm your intent to volunteer.
  • Repeat to volunteer for multiple slots.

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