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Saturday, March 23, 2013  

DCU Center

Worcester, MA 

8:00am - 4:00pm

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED
WALK-INS WELCOME FOR PARENTS, EDUCATORS, SIBLINGS!
YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM IS AT CAPACITY

 

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  • More than two dozen workshops
  • Awards Luncheon Extravaganza  
  • Keynote Address by Self-Advocate Rory Callaghan 
  • Specialized Tracks for Parents, Educators, Young Adults and Brothers & Sisters  
      

For the 29th year, the MDSC is proud to host our Annual Conference, bringing together more than 600 self-advocates, parents, grandparents, siblings, educators, and other professionals to learn from regional and national experts on a spectrum of topics related to Down syndrome. This year's theme is "Real Lives," named in part for the "Real Lives Bill," a key piece of state legislation that would markedly improve the way services are financed and delivered for people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

Real Lives also refers to the fact that, every day, people with Down syndrome are living fruitful, rewarding, full, "real lives": singing and dancing, working hard and chilling out, playing sports and rooting for the home team, laughing and crying, and contributing to our world in so many ways.

 

So mark your calendars and plan to join us at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 23 where we'll celebrate the countless Real Lives that make up our community. See the Self-Advocate Grand Entrance at last year's Annual Conference. The theme was "Style Down Syndrome". 

 

  

What does 

"REAL LIFE" WITH DOWN SYNDROME

look like?

 

 

SHOW THE WORLD!

 

Send us your photos of you or your loved one with Down syndrome living their "Real Life." We will showcase the photos at our Real Lives conference and online.

 

You could call it an "action shot," but it doesn't need to be athletic 

It's whatever living a "Real Life" means to you 

Dancing? Drawing? Voting? Singing? Climbing? Working? 

Being in Your Cousin's Wedding Party (like Elise Zarrella, above)?

You name it!

 

Send your photos to RealLives@mdsc.org or message us onFacebook. Include a sentence or two about the "Real Life" depicted in the image. Images must be minimum 100KB.

 

DEADLINE FEB. 28th

 
A TASTE OF OUR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
 
At our 28th Annual Conference Talent Show last year, dozens of inspiring performers with Down syndrome took the stage. Ricardo and Cesar Coloma, playing traditional acoustic guitar, was just one of them. The father-son duo performed two songs that afternoon in Worcester. This is just one of them.