Interested in learning more about the annual NDSS Down Syndrome Advocacy Conference? Read along for some Frequently Asked Questions.
This year we are excited to spend World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, advocating for the Down syndrome community on Capitol Hill! Advocacy trainings for all participants will take place beginning at 9 AM on Wednesday, March 20, and Congressional meetings will be scheduled for attendees throughout the day on Thursday, March 21.
Please plan to arrive in Washington, DC in time to attend the training session that begins at 9 AM on Wednesday, March 20. Meetings and conference programming will be scheduled into the early evening on March 21. Therefore, participants are strongly encouraged to plan the latest possible departure on March 21 or plan to depart anytime on March 22.
The training portion of the conference will take place at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel right outside of Washington, D.C. There will be a room block available at the hotel and all participants are strongly encouraged to book their hotel room at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View. The second day of the conference will take place in the House and Senate office buildings on Capitol Hill in downtown Washington, D.C.
Individuals with Down syndrome and their families, caregivers, loved ones, related professionals, and anyone with a passion for advocating for the rights of the Down syndrome community are invited to attend!
Yes! Many local affiliate groups, parent groups, etc. are encouraged to attend the conference together. We offer discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more and strongly encourage participants to reach out to local groups about attending. For customized large group options, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to know the names of all 10 people before purchasing. Many groups also choose to book travel together to save on travel costs, and our hotel block has plenty of room to accommodate groups.
NDSS has a limited number of scholarships to award participants who require financial assistance to attend the conference. These limited scholarships are intended for participants who face significant financial barriers to attending the conference and are unable to secure support or group discounts from their local Down syndrome group. Keep an eye on our webpage here for more information on scholarships.
No. The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is a nonpartisan organization that works across political parties and at all levels of government to advocate for and support individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and their caregivers. We pursue our advocacy and policy priorities by working with legislators and other decision-makers regardless of political affiliation.
No! NDSS works with a consultant, Soapbox, that will handle all meeting scheduling. Meetings will be scheduled between 8 AM and 6 PM on Thursday, March 21. Therefore, we strongly encourage attendees to make themselves available for the entirety of the day and plan departure from Washington, D.C. accordingly. Due to the very busy nature of Congressional schedules, we cannot guarantee that meetings can be scheduled around travel plans or other commitments.