NDSC 50th Annual Convention - June 23-26, 2022

Youth & Adults Conference

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 2022 Y&A Conference will be permitted to participate in the event. The registration is 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 College Fair, and other convention functions such as the Plenary, the 321 Zoom Dance, and the Exhibit Hall. Registration for NDSC 2022 Convention opens for all attendees in March 2022.

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.

 

Y&A Conference Workshop Sessions

The workshop schedule will be released in early 2022

Y&A Conference Spotlight Sessions

The spotlight schedule will be released in early 2022

Y&A Conference Team

 

Emily Cullars Carswell

Huntsville, Alabama

NDSC Convention Coordinator and Y&A Team Lead

Angelica Camacho

Lombard, Illinois

Began serving as a Table Volunteer and have since transitioned to Back of House Logistics.

I have attended 8 NDSC Conventions!

Dave Donahue

Lombard, Illinois

Serves throughout the Y&A Conference & provides support wherever needed!

I have attended more than 20 NDSC Conventions!

Colleen Donahue

Denver, Colorado

Serves throughout the Y&A Conference – Began as a Table Volunteer & has since transitioned to Back of House & Volunteer Training.

I have attended 11 NDSC Conventions!

Mary Ferkel

Saint Peters, Missouri

Serves in Back of House Logistics & wherever needed

I have attended 12 NDSC Conventions!

David & Debbie Hipps

McDonough, Georgia

Serve through Volunteer Check-In & Back of House Logistics

We have attended 14 NDSC Conventions!

Courtney Kinson

Fort Worth, Texas

Serves throughout the Y&A Conference – Her favorite part of Y&A is the DANCE PARTIES!!

I have attended 12 NDSC Conventions!

Korina Mancillas

Indianapolis, Indiana

Serves throughout the Y&A Conference & provides support wherever needed

I have attended 6 NDSC Conventions!

Taylor Mounce

Coppell, Texas

Serves throughout the Y&A Conference & provides support wherever needed

I have attended 3 NDSC Conventions!

Marilyn Tolbert

Fort Worth, Texas

Serves throughout the Y&A Conference & Coordinates and Executes the Self-Advocate Council Meetings

I have attended more than 20 NDSC Conventions!

Gracie Williams

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Serves through Volunteer Training & Support

I have attended more than 20 NDSC Conventions!