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The Annual Convention

Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention.  For most, it’s to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts.  For others, it’s a great vacation. But, for nearly all, there’s the one-of-a-kind NDSC family reunion feeling that permeates the convention weekend.

HT-img7June 25-28, 2015, the 43rd Annual NDSC Convention will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona. Things are different in the desert. The sky is bigger. The stars are brighter. The sunsets stop you in your tracks. It’s a feeling that can’t be conjured, landscaped or kindled with twinkling bulbs. John Ford knew that. So did Frank Lloyd Wright. Come to Greater Phoenix and you’ll understand, too. America’s sixth-largest city still has real cowboys and rugged mountains and the kind of cactus most people see only in cartoons. Phoenix is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and Arizona’s urban heart and America’s sunniest metropolis.

Call for Speakers

The NDSC is seeking knowledgeable, family friendly speakers to present 1.5 hour workshops on topics related to Down syndrome. Presentations in Spanish are welcome. Presentations should be interactive, hands-on and range the lifespan of individuals with DS. All proposals must be received no later than Friday, January 2 for full consideration of the Convention Programming Committee (CPC). The NDSC receives more proposals than can be accommodated. Due to space and balance in programming, proposals are not guaranteed and are subject to approval by the CPC. Notifications of selection will be sent the first week of February.

General Convention Proposal Submission Form.

Call for Self Advocate Speakers for the Y&A Conference

The NDSC is seeking exciting and entertaining Workshop and Panel Discussion proposals from self advocates for the Youth & Adults Conference All submissions are welcome and encouraged! Workshops are given three times and last 45 minutes each. Panel presentations are 3-4 minutes presentations followed by a supported Q&A. For more ideas on workshop topics and ideas visit the Self Advocate page of the NDSC website.

Y&A Conference Presenter Proposal Form

NDSC Convention from your Couch

To share the experience of “the world’s largest family reunion” anywhere, and learn the latest developments and advancements from the Down syndrome community’s leading voices NDSC records workshops at the convention.  Workshops are audio recorded with sync to the presenter’s power point if used. Access to the 2013 and 2014 Convention Recordings are available for two years from the convention year and may be purchase for $70 each.

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