What does the Convention offer siblings of individuals with Down syndrome?
The NDSC offers learning and networking opportunities for siblings of all ages through the Brothers & Sisters Conference and within the general convention via our Adult Sibling Track.
All of the Brothers & Sisters Conference programming (except the off-site trip) will take place at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and Conference Center. The 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.
The conference is run by young adult siblings who are alumni of the NDSC Brothers & Sisters Conference. During the weekend, participants are broken into three groups:
Rising 4th through 5th Graders – Elementary School Group
Rising 6th through 8th Graders – Middle School Group
Rising 9th through 12th Graders – High School Group
All groups will participate in interactive, hands-on activities led by experienced siblings. The conference begins on Friday afternoon with a Get Acquainted Session where all three groups come together to kick off the weekend in a fun and entertaining way. Friday’s Get Acquainted Session begins at 1:15pm and adjourns at 3:15pm.
On Saturday, the conference will divide into groups, and each will participate in round table discussions, media activities and question & answer sessions. Siblings will also have the opportunity to engage in some of the interactive activities provided. Lunch is included in Saturday’s programming. The Conference will begin at 9:00am and adjourn at 5:15pm.
The conference weekend closes Sunday with an exciting Off-Site Trip just for sibs. Attendees are asked to wear their B&S t-shirts on the trip. T-shirts will be distributed on Saturday. Attendees will gather at 8:15am for the Off-Site trip and will return around 12:15pm.
- Registering for B & S Conference
To attend, participants must register specifically for the Conference, by checking the box for B & S Conference and completing the necessary questions during Convention registration.
Proper support of all all attendees is of utmost importance to us, both for their safety and enjoyment. This requires much time and planning prior to the conference itself. We ask for necessary information at the time of registration. For this reason, we do not accept any on-site registrations for the B&S Conference.
It’s also important to note that we often reach our capacity for B&S attendance prior to the registration deadline and must close registration at that time.
- Adult Siblings
The role of a brother or sister changes dramatically as parents age. The Adult Sibling Track of workshops is designed to give adults siblings the tools they will need to support their sibling. Packed with experts in financial planning, adult transition, employment and mental health, coupled with a few networking opportunities, adult sibs will leave feeling prepared, supported and empowered.