Parents of children with Down syndrome (DS) are universally concerned about the wellbeing of their child’s health, development, future, and connecting with other DS families. The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC) hosts “Building Bridges for Down Syndrome” the fourth Biennial Research & Awareness Conference presented by the International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association. (IMDSA) This international event will be held at the Sheraton Cincinnati North Hotel and Indoor Water Resort in Sharonville, Ohio on July 10-12.
This conference will provide a wealth of information and networking for families and professionals interested in all forms of Down syndrome. The event will kick off on Friday morning, July 10 th with a unique opportunity for families and researchers to come together and participate in various research studies pertaining to Ds and mosaic Down syndrome (mDs). A special meeting for Down Syndrome Association Board Members throughout the world will take place to help these individuals with their organization’s fundraising endeavors. Following the day’s events, IMDSA’s FridayNight Family Reunion and Silent Auction will be open for all the families and professionals to attend. Craft activities will be available for the children with entertainment from The Amazing Portable Circus and world-renowned, self-advocate Sujeet Desai. Teens and Adults will have the opportunity to play many exciting games and everyone will have the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of items in the Silent Auction which will benefit IMDSA’s Outreach Program.
On Saturday, July 11 th conference workshops will begin with Keynote speakers, self-advocate/Author, Connor Gifford and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers who also has a son with DS. Breakout sessions will follow throughout the weekend with over 30 of the nation’s leading Down syndrome experts as well as others from abroad. Teens and Adults with DS (and siblings) will have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of topics from budgeting and relationships to Tae Kwon Do and Art with 20 interactive workshops throughout the weekend to choose from. Children ages 2-12 with DS and siblings will not be left out of the fun and learning. Children will be divided into 3 age groups and will be supervised by students in IMDSA’s Student Learning Program. This program allows university students interested in a career that serves those with Ds the opportunity to learn what their text books do not teach them about Down syndrome. While the children are supervised by the students a variety of presenters will offer fun and learning activities from Tumblebus and Karate to Stranger Danger and Dealing with Bullies. Saturday evening the Awards and Celebration Banquet will offer a fun and information from keynotes Comedian and father of two children with DS, Dan Kulp and self-advocate Jennifer Katz and her husband Ted. A dance will follow the evening events.
For more information and how to register for this event visit www.imdsa.org or call IMDSA at 888-MDS-LINK or DSAGC at 513-761-5400