Virtual Convention - June 21 to 26, 2021

Youth & Adults Conference

The Youth & Adults Conference is currently accepting speaker proposals through April 18, 2021.

The Y&A Conference Team is looking for individuals who would like to present a workshop (45-minute presentation) or spotlight (5-minute presentation) at the 2021 NDSC Convention. We are looking for presenters who can provide an educational, empowering, and inspiring program for the more than 350 self-advocates attending the Y&A Conference.  Do you have a special skill that you could teach others?  Would you like to lead a group in a craft, activity, or game? Do you have an accomplishment that you could share that would be inspirational to your peers? If so, we encourage you to submit a proposal to present a workshop or spotlight today!

For More Info or to Submit Your Proposal

The Youth & Adults (Y&A) Conference is the heart and soul of the NDSC Annual Convention, which holds true even in a virtual setting. With the support of the NDSC Youth & Adults Conference Team, this conference is planned and presented by self-advocates for self-advocates. It is designed to be a fun, educational, empowering, and inspiring experience for self-advocates (individuals with Down syndrome) ages 15 and older. Meet the Y&A Conference Team below!

Only individuals who have registered for the 2021 Y&A Conference will be permitted to participate in the event. The registration fee is $49 per attendee and includes all Y&A workshops and spotlights, the Y&A Talent Show, access to the NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp, GLOBAL’s Research & Medical Care Roundtable, the 3rd Annual College Fair, and other convention functions such as the Plenary, the 321 Zoom Dance, and the Virtual Exhibit Hall. Each Y&A attendee will be required have their own registration and email address, even if they reside in the same household. Registration for NDSC 2021 Convention opens for all attendees on April 26, 2021.

It is our top priority to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees. To prepare and provide the proper support for all Y&A attendees, please complete the entire Y&A registration form being sure to provide all requested information. Self-advocates who determine the Y&A Conference will not meet their needs are welcome to register as a General Conference attendee.

More information about Y&A Conference programming will be available soon.

Y&A Conference Team

Emily Cullars Carswell, NDSC Convention Coordinator

Angelica & Jessie Camacho
Adam Donahue
Dave Donahue
Mary Donahue Ferkel
David & Debbie Hipps
Courtney Kinson
Korina Mancillas
Taylor Mounce
Lori McKee
Jackie Sauter
Marilyn Tolbert
Gracie Williams