Each year, teens and adults from across Massachusetts and beyond gather for a day of sharing, informing, making new friends, and celebrating self-advocacy at the MDSC’s Annual Conference.
Every year brings new speakers and fresh topics, so there’s always something new. But in general, here’s what participants in the self-advocate track can expect:
One workshop will be led by a panel of self-advocates. First, they will tell their stories of achievement, inspiration, and courage. Then, you too will have an opportunity to share something about yourself with the group.
This workshop is informational. Presented by an expert in the field, it will cover an important topic to self-advocates, like health, relationships, school, or work. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, examine how the topic relates to your life, and work to find answers among a group of peers.
Over 600 individuals with Down syndrome and their families, educators, health care professionals, and members of the community gather for a celebratory lunch. A keynote speech will be presented by a self-advocate; MDSC Executive Director Maureen Gallagher will share highlights from the past year; and awards will be given out to individuals and organizations who have contributed greatly to the MDSC’s mission.
It’s time to unwind!
The final workshop of the day provides a chance to both energize and relax. You will have an opportunity to do a physical fitness activity, express your creativity, and share laughs with old and new friends.