Princeton University Down Syndrome Convention

So this past weekend Jenni Newbury and I held an event entitled “Turning the World Upside Down” at Princeton University.

Jenni actually approached me with the idea right after coming home from our incredible week at Camp Pals this past summer and we had been working on it ever since. At the convention, over 370 people attended who had a family member who was affected by Down Syndrome. While the parents and adults had the opportunity to listen to various speakers and exhibitors dealing with issues of interest in the Down Syndrome community, their children with Down Syndrome and their siblings were paired 1:1 with a Princeton University volunteer. While their parents were sitting in on these speakers, their children were taken to an indoor carnival with their Princeton volunteer where we organized a number of fun, engaging events such as an indoor parachute activity, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt and an interactive story telling session! After the parents were done visiting the various speakers, they picked up their kids from Whig and we served them dinner in two of the largest common rooms on campus. During the dinner, we provided entertainment including belly dancers and a capella singers. Once everyone was done with dinner, we all reconvened for closing remarks and a performance by the famous Princeton Nassoons, Princeton’s oldest a capella group. The event was an incredible success and Jenni and I plan on planning many more for the future. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it…you made it all worth it.

Connor Diemand-Yauman
Camp PALS Counselor

P.S. Click here to see pictures from the event.