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Join us for our 31st Annual Conference on March 28, 2015 for day of learning and celebration! 

Each spring, hundreds of people with Down syndrome, their family members, health care professionals and educators from across New England attend our Annual Conference. Participants gather to hear the latest research findings and important information from national and local experts on a range of topics related to Down syndrome. They also share stories, celebrate victories, advocate for acceptance and inclusion, and reunite with other MDSC families.

At our 31st Conference, we will introduce the MDSC's theme for 2015, "The World Is Ours." Throughout the year we will celebrate this theme as it relates to the true acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome. Here in Massachusetts, because of the work of all of you, our loved ones with Down syndrome no longer have to live hidden away in the shadows. "The World is Ours" means that people with Down syndrome are taking ownership over all aspects of their lives - education, health care, employment, public policy and recreation.

Leading up to the conference, be sure to send us your #WorldIsOursDS photos of your loved one with Down syndrome to bring our theme to life. Post to our Facebook page or email to worldisours@mdsc.org. Include your loved one's name, age and hometown and a sentence about your photo. 

We can't wait to see you March 28!

If you attend our Annual Conference, you can choose among several tracks:

  • General Session Workshops – Parents, family member and professionals will learn from expert speakers about how to help individuals with Down syndrome acquire the necessary skills to lead fuller, healthier, more independent lives.
  • Self-Advocate Workshops – Young adults with Down syndrome will have an opportunity to network and share experiences, strengthen their self-advocacy skills, and learn about the importance of leading a healthy life and building meaningful relationships. More...
  • Brothers and Sisters Workshops – Siblings of people with Down syndrome will hear how other brothers and sisters deal with the joys and challenges inherent in being a sibling. Creates a forum for sharing stories and learning the importance of advocacy.
  • Education Workshops – Educators and parents will learn best practices for educating students with Down syndrome in an inclusive classroom, as well as the benefits of inclusion for all learners.

Here is what people had to say about our Annual Conference:

“We gained helpful insight for fielding potential medical issues we may face, resources for staying current on cognitive development research, introductions to wonderful new parents who inspired us by their courage, a glimpse of the broader MDSC organization at the awards luncheon, encouragement by the honorees' community awareness and involvement, personal connection with DADS and so much more!

“There is a great feeling of empowerment and education throughout the day.”

“[It was] very inspiring to spend the day within such a tight knit community!”