Conference

Hello from San Antonio!

We arrived on Friday evening at the National Down Syndrome Congress in San Antonio, TX!

The big highlight of the first day was Camp PALS co-director Jenni Newbury’s keynote speech to open the conference. Jenni had been asked by the NDSC to give a personal take on her relationship with her brother Jason and how that experience motivates her in her work with Camp PALS and beyond.



On Saturday, following Jenni’s speech, we spoke to individuals from across Texas and indeed the country who were interested in learning more about Camp PALS. As we were quickly finding out, Jenni’s speech was already being considered the highlight of the conference!

We also went out to dinner with Catherine, Nicole, and Luke from Camp!


On Sunday, we got to have lunch with Daniel Chaplin and his family. Dan comes to the conference every year, and he shared with us his favorite parts of the conference.


Overall, it was an incredible experience! Consider joining us next summer in D.C. for the NDSC 2012 conference.

-Josh

Stuff from the NDSC

Counselor Jenna Aidikoff and I spent part of Saturday exploring the exhibit hall at the conference, and we wanted to share info from two tables that we think you might find helpful:

1) Downs Designs is in the process of creating a line of jeans specifically sized for individuals with Down syndrome. Jenna thought the designs were quite stylish (which is good, since my opinion on these things is basically worthless). Overall, really neat stuff.

2) We hear many parents talk about college programs for their children, and Shepherds College in Union Grove, Wisconsin, is offering a 3-year program. We spoke with the director of admissions, and this program sounded quite exciting. If this is something you are considering, we encourage you to check them out.

-Josh

Headed to the 2010 NDSC Convention!

Over 25 campers, counselors, and staff are packing their bags today for their trip to Orlando, Florida, for this weekend’s National Down Syndrome Congress’ annual convention. The convention is at the Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort. The campers and counselors will be meeting with the 1000s of convention attendees to tell them all about Camp PALS! There will also be time to attend some interesting presentations to see what’s the newest and greatest for teens and young adults with Down syndrome. We’ll also be finding some spare time to hit up the Disney theme parks.

Stay tuned for updates and pictures from the weekend.

-Josh

Update on Princeton Reunion and Down Syndrome Conference

The Camp PALS reunion in Princeton had a great turn-out with over 30 people in attendance. We enjoyed Panera food, heard some good speeches and laughed with old friends. Below are a few of the pictures from the event.

A big topic of the reunion was the upcoming 3rd Annual Down Syndrome Conference at Princeton University. This year, the conference is titled “Up” and is again, hosting some fantastic speakers for parents while pairing all children with Down Syndrome and their siblings one-to-one with a Princeton student volunteer. The conference is scheduled for Sunday, November 15. You can register online at www.princeton.edu/~pda.

Hope to see you there!

Jenni

Arrival in Dublin

Ali Heller, Gabe Cohen, Ben Kaufman, Kelsey Siegal, Raj Bhandari and I have arrived in Dublin. Ali and I filmed some footage from the flight over. Check out it out here:



Today I went over Dublin City University and registered for the conference while the rest of the group slept off their jet-lag. Tomorrow, we are looking forward to meeting people from all over the world. Hopefully I’ll have some good interviews to share with you.

-Josh