This year's NDSC Convention is August 5-7, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. If you have never been to a national convention it is definitely worth trying. It's often referred to as a family reunion which actually describes it well. In addition to the excellent presentations there are also great parties and an amazing way to build your network of friends.
From the NDSC:
We know you won't want to miss a minute, so be sure you schedule your trip to arrive by early Friday afternoon (August 5), and plan to stay until Sunday afternoon (August 7) at 1:30. (If you are planning to attend pre-conference sessions, you'll need to be there for an 8:15 am start on Friday morning.)
Here's who's coming...from the United Kingdom, founder of Down Syndrome Education International, Sue Buckley; from Phoenix, AZ, special education and inclusion expert, Michael Remus; self advocate and actress Lauren Potter, from the award winning television show,Glee; self advocate and actor Christopher Scott, from the film My Brother(and NDSC's More Alike Than Different campaign); stars of the HBO documentary, Monica & David, Monica Walters Martinez and David Martinez will present along with the film's director, Alexandra Codina; and finally the Dionysus Theatre Group from Houston will perform!
Look for convention registration to open on the NDSC website later this month.