On Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th, 2021 the spotlight was once again on innovative research on the horizon as well as timely updates related to Covid-19. Our Stronger Together theme came to life as we gathered with households from across the country.

The 2021 conference, which was fully virtual, featured live interactive workshops, specialty workshops, on-demand workshops and a self-advocate track! It included dozens of sessions for people with Down syndrome, their family members, health care professionals and educators, featuring the latest research findings and timely information from national and local experts on a range of topics related to Down syndrome.

Plus, we were thrilled to welcome keynote speaker Chris Nikic, the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman race, and special guest emcee Lauren Falcone of WROR’s The Morning Show.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, National Down Syndrome Society.

Stay tuned for information and registration for MDSC’s 38th Annual Conference on March 26 and 27, 2022

Personalized Tracks

General Session Workshops

Parents, family members and professionals learned 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

Teens and adults with Down syndrome age 13 and older gathered virtually and had 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.

Specialty Workshops

Workshops led by and designed for unique groups, including grandparents, new parents, siblings, caregivers, and more. Created a forum for sharing stories and learning the importance of advocacy.

Education Workshops

Educators and parents learned best practices for educating students with Down syndrome in an inclusive classroom, as well as the benefits of inclusion for all learners.