Stronger Together: Creating Innovative Pathways for the Future

Each spring, over 600 people with Down syndrome, their family members, health care professionals and educators attend our Annual Conference on Down syndrome.

Though we are not able to gather in person for the second consecutive year, we join together virtually to hear the latest research findings and timely information from national and local experts on a range of topics related to Down syndrome.

We are proud to announce that our theme for 2021 is Stronger Together and our conference will once again spotlight innovative research on the horizon as well as timely updates related to Covid-19!

For the past 37 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.

Gathering virtually, we will delve deep into the promising developments in Down syndrome research and the exciting potential it has for the future. We will also cover important Covid-19 information and medical updates to help individuals with Down syndrome and their families during these challenging times.

Our live, interactive and on-demand presentations will highlight innovative clinical trials and explore studies underway nationwide that have promise to make a difference in people’s lives. The workshops will cover the latest research on Covid-19, education, clinical care, behavior, and Alzheimer’s disease, to name a few. We will also offer other timely presentations pertinent to this season we are in such as pathways to employment and reentering the workplace; mental health; and supporting your student at home. Additionally, you will be able to join virtual workshops to personally connect with and learn from others with similar experiences.

The past year has tested our community in more ways than one. Through numerous trials and challenges, we have demonstrated our resilience, banding together while apart to continue advocating for the needs and rights of individuals with Down syndrome throughout the lifespan. The coronavirus pandemic has shed light on our individual and collective strength. With eyes set on the future, we will gather virtually as a community for the 37th year, demonstrating that we are indeed stronger together in pursuit of our shared mission.