Convention Insider ~ May 1, 2019

NDSC Wants to See You in Pittsburgh!

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It’s been nearly 20 years since the NDSC convention last met in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and we can’t wait to come back! If you are planning to attend the convention June 27-30 the time to register is now! Best Value Pricing ends May 17th and we have limited space left in Kids’ Camp, Youth & Adults Conference, and Brothers & Sisters Conference.  If you are still trying to decide if you will be attending this year’s convention check out the amazing workshop schedule or the exclusive specialty tracks we have planned. The convention is not just about learning, it’s about celebrating too. We have two awesome dances planned and many networking opportunities for families to meet and interact. To see a glimpse of what the NDSC Convention is about, you can watch a short convention video then make plans to be a part of what many call a “life-changing” weekend. Register Now!

Evening of Champions


The NDSC is seeking community and national champion table sponsors for its Evening of Champions event on Saturday, June 29 at the 2019 Annual Convention. Even if you can’t attend in person, this is a great way to support the mission of the NDSC and the families we serve. Reserve your table for NDSC’s Evening of Champions now!

Omni William Penn Hotel – Offering Discounted Rate for Suites

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We are thrilled to have arranged a special rate at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel for NDSC convention attendees. This historic hotel, just a short 2 block walk from the convention center, has spacious rooms available at the convention rate of $159 per night as well as discounted rates for suites. The NDSC is providing a shuttle that will run between the Omni hotel and the convention center during all convention hours. Reservations can be made using the link provided upon completion of your NDSC Convention registration. Book your accommodations soon, as our room block is filling quickly.

Take a Deeper Diver at One of Nine Pre-Conference Sessions

NDSC Convention attendees are invited to register for one of nine pre-conference sessions that will take place Friday, June 28th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. These 4-hour sessions are designed to dive deeper than a 90-minute general convention workshop. Topics range the lifespan of a person with Down syndrome. Dr. Jennifer Bekins will present a session on speech and communication that will answer questions such as “When will my child talk?” A team of specialists from across the country will deliver a session on transition – focusing on what happens when your child turns eighteen. Attendees from this session will leave with much-needed resources to take home to start building their child’s transition plan. Another hot topic for families of adults with Down syndrome is regression. Drs. Chicoine and Quinn will deliver a cutting-edge session packed with research on identifying signs of decline and strategies to overcome regression. Check out the full pre-conference line-up and register today.

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