Included with Registration
All registered attendees are welcome to enjoy the following convention events at no additional charge:
NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp
Aimed at beginner advocates, this is a great opportunity to get the advocacy training you have been wanting but didn’t have time to squeeze in during the NDSC Annual Convention. This session features information from effective self-advocates, parent advocates, and the expert NDSC Policy & Advocacy Team. Advocacy Training Boot Camp is designed to be an Advocacy 101 mini-course with a focus on legislative advocacy, but even the most experienced advocate will walk away with something new and re-energized after joining the open discussion on how to engage with legislators effectively. This session is appropriate for parents, professionals, and of course, self-advocates. Monday, June 21 at 6 PM EST
Virtual Exhibit Hall
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 virtual meetings for those who share similar interests, ages or stages. A list of available sessions is coming soon.
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. Thursday, June 24, from 4 PM to 7 PM EST
Also for 2021, our College Fair will return (with additional hours and opportunities to meet) for the 3rd year, where families and caregivers can learn about post-secondary opportunities. Colleges will have staff available for virtual visits Friday, June 25, from 4 PM to 7 PM EST and be accessible in the Virtual Exhibit Hall. Visit this page if you are with a College program that would like to participate, or wish to view the participating programs.
This year’s event will have “Ironman” Chris Nikic as our keynote plenary speaker – who will challenge you to continue to become “1% Better”. Chris was the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman competition- and is currently training to compete in the Ironman Hawaii in June and hopes to compete in the World Championships this November.
Zoom 321 Dance!™
Following our Plenary Session, we move into the Zoom 321 Dance™! It will be an evening filled with energy and excitement.