MDSC 2020 Annual Conference – Cancelled

March 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
DCU Center

Important Announcement Regarding Coronavirus and 2020 MDSC Conference

After careful consideration, MDSC has made the difficult decision to cancel our 36th Annual Conference on March 28, 2020 at the DCU Center due to risks associated with the coronavirus.

Our decision to cancel our flagship educational event was not taken lightly. It was made after closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the MA Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and after conferring with MDSC leadership, including our Board chair and the chair of our Medical and Scientific Advisory Council.

Ultimately, our top priority, at our Annual Conference and all MDSC events and gatherings, is our members’ and participants’ health and safety.

Although we are all incredibly disappointed about this news, we are already discussing the development of a Virtual Annual Conference, which will include speaker presentations, so that our members can have access to the important resources and information that have already been prepared.

This is a first for us. In the three and half decades of MDSC’s Annual conference, we have never NOT held the event live and in person to learn together and celebrate our loved ones with Down syndrome. We truly appreciate your support and understanding as we respond to this public health crisis that is emerging.  The safety and well-being our of our members is our #1 priority.

As the late disability advocacy pioneer Dr. Allen Crocker used to say, our community is resilient and we will “Carry On!”

Stay tuned to our website, social media channels and your email inbox for more information as plans for our Virtual Annual Conference evolve.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

LuMind IDSC is happy to help sponsor the MDSC 36th Annual Conference.


MDSC is proud to announce its Trailblazers theme for the 2020 Down syndrome conference!

For the past 36 years, the MDSC and our families have been paving the way to a brighter future for our loved ones with Down syndrome.

Driven by a profound need to give all people with Down syndrome the best life possible, we have forged a path forward using every tool available — communication, collaboration, advocacy, education, and, ultimately, by standing up for what’s right.

Along the way, we have empowered people with Down syndrome to become effective self advocates, ensured that they have access to high quality education, medical services, research and employment opportunities, provided critical networking and supports, and worked day in and day out to raise awareness in our neighborhoods, hospitals, schools and communities.

For decades now, we have been powerful trailblazers, both individually and collectively, truly altering public perceptions, raising expectations and improving the lives of our loved ones with Down syndrome and our society for the better.

Join us in 2020 as we honor this legacy and consider how we will continue trailblazing an even brighter future for decades to come.

Workshops include:
New Parents: Sharing Our Stories

Pathways to Employment and Adult Life
Differentiated Instruction
Translating Down syndrome Neuroscience Research into Humans
What Should You Consider When Deciding to Participate in Research?The Possible Futures of Education
Behavioral Therapy for Children with Down syndrome: Advocacy and Research Updates
Accelerating Research in Down syndrome
Connecting Families and Those with Down syndrome to Research that INCLUDEs Them
New Frontiers in Voice Technology: How Machines are Learning to Understand and Replicate our Voices
Grandparents: Sharing and Caring
Keeping You Healthy: Medical Updates for Adults
Alzheimer’s Disease in Down syndrome: What We Know, What Gives Us Hope for the Future
Physical Fitness and Sports Nutrition for People with Down syndrome
Medical and Neurodevelopmental Conditions in Children and Adolescents with Down syndrome
Crafting Slam Style Stories
For detailed workshop descriptions, click here.
With the help of the National Down Syndrome Society, their Presenting Sponsor, they will not only help make sense of what’s to come, but they will help families feel confident and empowered to navigate the research world in 2020 and beyond.