Annual Convention ~ June 25 - 28, 2020 ~ New Orleans, LA

Included with Registration

All registered attendees are welcome to enjoy the following convention events at no additional charge.  There are additional events that are also included with your registration but require a separate RSVP.  See Advocacy Training Boot Camp and Research & Medical Care Learning Opportunities for more information and to RSVP.

NDSC Meet & Greet

Whether this is your first NDSC Convention or your fortieth, attendees looking to connect with others who share similar experiences can kick off the weekend together at this lively reception. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available as you network with peers and plan your convention strategy.  NDSC will provide designated areas within the reception hall to meet up with those who share similar interests, ages or stages.

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 exhibit floor at the convention is comprised of organizations and companies that provide information, technology, resources, products and services – some of which are thriving businesses run by self-advocates. See the convention schedule for Exhibit Hall hours.

Plenary Session

On Friday evening, the Plenary Session brings everyone together. This session features inspirational Keynote Presentations by NDSC’s Board President, self-advocates and advocates in the Down syndrome community who present on topics of broad interest.  This year we are thrilled to have the star of the acclaimed film, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Zach Gottsagen at the podium.

Opening Reception and 321 Dance!™

Following our Plenary Session Friday, we move into the Opening Reception and the 321 Dance™! It will be an evening filled with energy and excitement. The Opening Reception includes a cash bar and complimentary desserts. The night also includes our 321 Dance™ – a celebration of all people with DS in our lives.  This year our theme is “Boogie & Beads”

Saturday Post-Banquet Dance

On Saturday evening, the NDSC will host its annual Saturday Night Banquet. This is a ticketed event, which includes a plated dinner and ambient entertainment throughout the evening. Tickets are required for banquet attendance and must be purchased during registration (Tickets will not be sold on-site).

Immediately following the Saturday Night Banquet, there will be an opportunity for all attendees to dance the night away at our “Masquerade Ball”.  There is no ticket required for this event.  Doors open at the conclusion of the banquet, approximately 8:30 PM.