In October 2015, the MDSC held its first ever conference geared specifically for adult self advocates with Down syndrome, their loved ones and providers. The event, organized in collaboration with the Mass General Hospital’s Down Syndrome Program, took place on MGH’s Boston campus.
Titled “Growing up with Down Syndrome: Living a Longer, Healthier and Meaningful Life,” the conference represented a significant step in the MDSC’s commitment to strategically address the needs of all our families throughout the lifespan.
The conference included plenary and breakout sessions on a range of topics including “Keeping Adults with Down Syndrome Healthy”; “Empowering Ourselves for a Healthy Future: How to Stay Healthy by Eating Well and Being Active”; “Nothing About Us Without Us”; “Best Resources from Experienced Parents and Family Members”; "Best Practices and Resources for Direct Service Providers”; and “Growing Old Gracefully - Addressing Common Aging Concerns and Alzheimer’s Issues".
We were especially pleased to see so many of our longtime families coming together to learn about issues related directly to adults with Down syndrome and to celebrate these incredible members our community!