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National Down Syndrome Congress 45th Annual Convention

Save the Date: July 20–23, 2017 | Sacramento Convention Center

Convention Registration Opens: April 2017

Visit www.ndsccenter.org/the-convention/ often to view our growing schedule of activities. Convention registration will be required to access the NDSC room blocks at the Hyatt Regency, Sheraton Grande and Residence Inn. Registration will go live in April.

Sacramento is the star on the map of California – where you will find cultural attractions to inspire you, cutting-edge cuisine to impress you, history to enrich you and surprises to put a smile on your face. Venture out in any direction and you’ll see why “California begins here.”

NDSC attendees will be “Livin’ The Dream” at the Sacramento Convention Center where nearly 4,000 people will converge to celebrate our Sapphire Year.

Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the NDSC 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 “giant family reunion” feeling that permeates the convention weekend.

PARENTS: Learn from the best, as internationally known experts come to Sacramento to share their knowledge across the life span of individuals with DS.

SELF-ADVOCATES: Join 300 friends from across the world to learn, share, become empowered and have an amazing time!

SIBLINGS: Share and learn alongside your peers, from each other, as well as from professionals.

VOLUNTEERS: Have the experience of a lifetime by volunteering your time at our convention.

The Down Syndrome Information Alliance is the local affiliate host for the National DownSyndrome Congress convention where we expect over 3000 attendees and require the support of over 400 volunteers to make it successful!

Most importantly is support for our Youth & Adults Conference and Kids’ Camp. The Youth & Adults Conference provides individuals with Down syndrome ages 15 and older with their own convention experience where they learn and participate in activities planned and presented by their peers. Kids’ Camp provides activities for children ages 6 months to 14 years while their parents participate in the General Convention.

In order to provide the best experience for over 500 youth & adults with Down syndrome, we need extensive support over the three days. No previous experience is necessary just a desire to interact directly with people with Down syndrome and a willingness to have fun!

Volunteers must be age 18 or over for Y&A and 16 years old for Kids’ Camp.

Volunteer days/times are below:

Kids’ Camp

  • Friday, July 21 7:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Friday, July 21 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 22 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 22 1:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 23 7:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Youth & Adults Conference

  • Friday, July 21 12:45 p.m.– 3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 22 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 23 7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

There are also volunteer opportunities available in registration, the Educator Conference, Brothers & Sisters Conference, as a session host, or as a floater. Bilingual volunteers are needed in all areas. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please visit the volunteer registration website at http://ndsc.ivolunteer.com/sacramento_2017 or the NDSC convention website at http://www.ndsccenter.org/the-convention/. For more information about volunteering, please contact the Down Syndrome Information Alliance at 916.658.1686 or info@downsyndromeinfo.org .

CLICK HERE–>Please Read Before You Register – Registration Opens on April 10!

CLICK HERE–>Funding Requests from CA. Regional Centers

CLICK HERE to download, print and share the VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT FLYER for the convention.

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions.

 CLICK HERE to learn how you can get up to $300 of your registration cost reimbursed.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors whose generosity makes everything we do possible. Check out our current sponsors and let them know how much you appreciate their support!

Tax ID

DSIA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Tax I.D. 20-1702399

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