Why? In less than 2 weeks I will be blogging at the 42nd Annual National Down Syndrome Congress taking place in Indianapolis, IN.
Yes that’s right a convention that brings together families and professionals in the Down Syndrome community, and I have been asked to be a part of it. I feel extremely honored and excited to have been asked to attend as a Special Needs Mom Blogger and Health Advocate.
The NDSC Convention boasts the largest annual gathering in the world of self advocates, parents, siblings and professionals associated with Down syndrome. More than 2,500 people are expected to take part in this event. Families, professionals, doctors to therapists will be at this 3 day event.
The first to take place in Indiana since 1976, the 42nd National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention will take place this summer at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis July 11-13, 2014.
Within driving distance for most of the Midwest, Indianapolis provides a unique travel opportunity for families who want to feel prepared and empowered to support a loved one with Down syndrome.
This convention is designed for parents, other family members, caregivers and professionals alike to network, inform, educate and share experiences about caring for and living with a loved one with Down syndrome. From “Sharing Sessions” for families to connect with other families in an informal setting, to interactive workshops, to an exhibit floor which is comprised of organizations and companies that provide information, technology, resources, products and services. A Kid’s Camp will allow parents time to attend workshops and ask professionals questions, while their child is being supervised in an educational playground for ages 6 months to 14 years old.
There most interesting part and heart of this convention is the Youth and Adult Conference. A safe environment that provides attendees with Down syndrome an opportunity to mingle at the kickoff party, attend specific sessions and show their talent at the Talent Show. The Youth and Adult Conferences are planned and presented by self advocates.
Another great opportunity is the Brothers & Sisters Conference, which provides siblings of family members with Down syndrome an opportunity to network and learn how to successfully advocate for their brother or sister with Down syndrome.
So besides attending these informative workshops and listening to professionals speak, what else is there to do at the NDSC Annual Convention? Well there is a lot. From dances, to a film festival showing casing the best films, clips and documentaries featuring individuals from the Down syndrome community to a minor league baseball camp, to local attractions. There is so much to do for the family at the NDSC.
In my next post I will highlight some of these attractions, as well as share with you how this convention has impacted a local Indianapolis family.
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