Friday, July 20, 2012

NDSC Convention Schedule for Friday 7/20

Friday's itinerary at the NDSC Convention in Washington, DC

7:00AM-7:00PM NDSC Convention Registration Open!

8:00AM-12:30AM Pre-Conferences
Attending a Pre-Conference Session gives you the chance to spend four hours with a nationally-known speaker and dig deep into one specific topic. The sessions are structured to share best practices, content that is research-based and proven “how to” strategies. All sessions will include time for Q & A. Pre-cons will be held on Friday, July 20, from 8:00am to 12:30pm. Separate registration is required. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
Pre-Conference handouts are only issued to the person registered for the session. Space may be limited in some sessions, so register early. On-site registration cannot be guaranteed.

7:30AM-12:30PM, 3:00PM-8:00PM Kids Camp - registration is closed
Kids’ Camp will provide a means for parents to leave their children between the ages of six months  and 11 years (14 years for children with DS) for designated times during the weekend in a safe, structured, and fun environment.  This program will be offered to families registered for the general convention whose children are not old enough to participate in the Brothers & Sisters or Youth & Adults Conferences.  The camp will be offered in four separate sessions.  Registration is required for each session.

3:15PM-5:15PM Youth & Adult Kick Off Party - registration is closed
The Youth & Adults Conference really is the heart and soul of the weekend! It is designed to be a fun, empowering, enriching and safe experience for self advocates (individuals with Down syndrome) age 15 and older. With the support of NDSC’s Y&A Support Team, this conference is planned and presented by self advocates, for self advocates.

3:15PM-5:15PM Brothers and Sisters Get Acquainted Session - registration is closed
The NDSC Brothers & Sisters Conference is a fun-filled weekend where siblings can share ideas and experiences and make new friends. It is a place to learn, to be inspired and grow, to be enlightened and encouraged, and to ask tough questions in a supportive environment.  Participants will learn about Down syndrome and disability related issues, including how to be an advocate for their brothers and sisters.

3:30PM-5:00PM Sharing Sessions
These popular sessions, facilitated by family members, are informal opportunities to meet your peers and share your joys, concerns and strategies with others. Please consider attending these sessions without your child with DS to allow parents to express their feelings with comfort and ease. The sessions are not audio taped.

6:30PM-7:45PM Opening Session
Friday at 6:30 pm, the first of two Plenary Sessions will officially launch the weekend events.  Plenary sessions feature inspirational keynote presentations by self advocates and Down syndrome experts from around the world who present on topics of broad interest.

8:00PM-10:00PM Reception, Silent Auction & Just Dance
In addition to educational programming, the NDSC Convention would not be complete without a dance or two! On Friday evening, we will hold our Just Dance! event for all attendees, immediately following the Opening Session.   At the same time, attendees can browse the Silent Auction and bid on one-of-a-kind items while supporting programming and activities that empower self advocates.  These two events are open to all registered attendees.  A cash bar will be available for all beverages.  Be sure to wear your convention name tag for admittance.

12:00PM-10:00PM Exhibits Open
There is also an Exhibit Area for vendors where you’ll find the latest in books, toys, teaching aids, apparel, software and more.

See the NDSC Convention website for complete information.

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