Virtual Convention - June 21 to 26, 2021

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 virtual NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp is included with all General Conference and Youth & Adults Conference registrations with no additional registration or RSVP required and feature information from self-advocates who are making a difference through their personal advocacy efforts, parent advocates, a State Representative, a State Senator, 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.  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.

Virtual Visits

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

College Fair

Also for 2021, our College Fair, in collaboration with Think College, returns for the 3rd year, where families and caregivers can learn about postsecondary 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.

Plenary Session

The 2021 Plenary will feature keynote speaker Chris Nikic. the world’s first Ironman with Down syndrome.  Chris will move you with his inspirational message of 1% Better! Chris is currently training to compete in the World Championship Ironman in Hawaii this coming October.

Zoom 321 Dance!™

Following our Plenary Session, we move into the Zoom 321 Dance™! It will be an evening filled with energy and excitement.