Included with Registration
All registered attendees are welcome to enjoy the following convention events at no additional charge:
NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp
This 3-hour session is designed for beginner advocates but is also a great opportunity for seasoned advocates to get the training needed to take their advocacy efforts to the next level. The NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp is included with all General Conference and Youth & Adults Conference registrations and features information from self-advocates who are making a difference through their personal advocacy efforts, parent advocates, and the expert NDSC Policy & Advocacy Team. Advocacy Training Boot Camp is designed to be an Advocacy mini-course with a focus on legislative advocacy. Whether you are a beginner to advocacy or are an experienced advocate, you will walk away with something new and be energized after this session. This session is appropriate for parents, professionals, and of course, self-advocates.
The NDSC Convention boasts the largest annual gathering in the world of self-advocates, parents, siblings, and professionals associated with Down syndrome. The Virtual Exhibit Hall is comprised of organizations and companies that provide information, technology, resources, products, and services – some of which are thriving businesses run by self-advocates. Each booth has the function to allow attendees to join virtual meetings with their staff during certain hours, cultivating a more personal experience much like our in-person event.
Whether this is your first NDSC Convention or your fortieth, attendees are looking to connect with others who share similar experiences. NDSC will provide spaces for those who share similar interests, ages or stages.
GLOBAL’s Research & Medical Care Roundtable
Every year the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) organizes a timely and impactful GLOBAL Research & Medical Care Roundtable in collaboration with the NDSC Annual Convention. GLOBAL recruits top experts to present on the status of a COVID-19 vaccine and treatment development, COVID-19 and Down syndrome, the NIH budget for Down syndrome research, and improving health outcomes for children and adults with Down syndrome.
Also for 2022, our College Fair, sponsored by Think College, where families and caregivers can learn about post-secondary opportunities. Colleges will have staff available for table visits.
The 2022 Plenary will feature keynote presentations.
Zoom 321 Dance!™
Following our Plenary Session, we move into the 321 Dance™! It will be an evening filled with energy and excitement.