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The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress hosts two major conferences annually that draw participants from across New England and beyond.

Our Annual Conference has been held every March for more than three decades at the DCU Center in Worcester. Our Annual Educators Forum at Holy Cross College in Worcester is now in its 2nd decade. 

These conferences allow the MDSC to reach out to teens and adults with Down syndrome, parents, grandparents and siblings of children with Down syndrome, therapists and educators. Conference participants are treated to presentations from national and local experts on a range of topics related to Down syndrome at each stage of life.

MDSC conferences:

  1. Promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome
  2. Present the latest innovative policies, programs and services that support inclusion and independence
  3. Offer an open forum for self-advocates, families and organizations to learn from other individuals and organizations
  4. Foster opportunities for community organizations to collaborate and form partnerships
  5. Welcome a variety of exhibitors to share their products and services
  6. Recognize and honor leaders in the Down syndrome community
  7. Provide accurate, up-to-date information based on current research on a range of topics including early development, speech and language development, inclusion, sexuality, medical concerns, behavior, legislative advocacy, healthy lifestyles, friendship/socialization, dual diagnosis, literacy, potty training and many more.

Both of our annual conferences promise to be uplifting, informational, and educational and ultimately serve as a catalyst for collaboration with our partners in education, business, public and social service. For many participants, the most meaningful aspect of attending an MDSC conference is the connection they make with the larger Down syndrome community. We hope you will join us!

Important Links and Documents

Annual Conference Information
 Educators Forum Information