- Parents First Call
- Teens and Adults
- Buddy Walk
- Health Care Professionals
- Accept the Challenge
- Public Policy
- MDSC Cares
- Diversity Outreach and Support
- Down Syndrome-Autism Connection
- Dads Appreciating Down
- Mental Health Support
About the Annual Conference
For the past 36 years, MDSC and our families have been paving the way to a brighter future for our loved ones with Down syndrome. The world continues to change rapidly - new technologies, new treatments, and new research are on the horizon for people with Down syndrome and their families. While it can be daunting for families to access and understand how this may impact their lives and that of their loved ones with Down syndrome, it affords us the opportunity to continue to forge a path forward using every tool available - communication, collaboration, advocacy, education, and, ultimately, by standing up for what’s right.
Together, we will delve deep into the promising developments in Down syndrome research and the exciting potential it has for the future. Our workshops will highlight innovative clinical trials and explore the studies underway nationwide that have promise to make a difference in people’s lives. We will cover the latest research on nutrition and physical fitness, education, clinical care, technology, behavior, and Alzheimer’s disease, to name a few. Families will learn how to participate in Down syndrome-specific research studies on many of these topics.
For decades now, we have been powerful trailblazers, both individually and collectively, truly altering public perceptions, raising expectations and improving the lives of our loved ones with Down syndrome and our society for the better.
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Awards Luncheon/ Self Advocate Extravaganza
Our luncheon has also become the perfect forum to highlight the individuality and determination of MDSC self-advocates. We do this through our MDSC Self Advocate Extravaganza presentation and the unveiling of our Annual Conference Video Montage, featuring MDSC member-submitted photos.
What people had to say about our Annual Conference:
"Always heartwarming and magnificent. This year did not disappoint. Enjoyed the loving authenticity of the keynote and award winners."
“There is a great feeling of empowerment and education throughout the day.”
"The info that I got was invaluable, incredible amount and value of content! time flew by. I thoroughly enjoyed listening and learning."
"Awesome speaker, always love the slide show and hearing our stories. Humbling and amazing to see the accomplishments and dedication of this community."
“[It was] very inspiring to spend the day within such a tight knit community!”
“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!