Wednesday, March 25, 2009

NDSC Convention - Who's in?

The 37th National Down Syndrome Convention is being held this year from July 31-August 2 in Sacramento, California.

Click here for the brochure.

Registration just opened recently and I plan to take care of that very soon. At the very latest, I'll be sure to get in before the prices increase on June 22.

If you're not already a member of the NDSC, the cost of the General Convention includes an one-year membership.

I've never been to one of these events before, but I continue to hear good things. Since we're not too, too long of a drive from where it's being held, I think it's totally doable for us this year. The idea of learning from people like Dr. William Mobley, Patricia C. Winders, Joan Guthrie Medlen, Sue Buckley, Dr. George Capone, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, Kathryn Lynard Soper, and more? Wow. I mean, those are names from books and articles and web sites that I devour. It's exciting to me to think of what more I could garner from being in the same room with them.

Even better, I look forward to being inspired by other parents - ones who may very well be more proactive than I am. Maybe they have plans or ideas or something that can help me see that it's not magic, it's just a little each day that makes a difference and this is how I can fit it in to my chaotic life. I know I'm not alone in thinking that what I do is not enough. I am busy and disorganized and unmotivated at times. Not the ideal cocktail for the parent of a child that needs more than what is typically required, I think. So, yeah, I feel inadequate and also worry about how what I lack will impact my daughter in the future. If I can go to the conference and even just come away with the belief that what I'm doing is fine - dare I say enough even - than I'll take it.

If you've been in the past, I'd love to hear your thoughts/experiences.

Also, I'm curious about the Memory Book...anyone care to enlighten me?


Lisa said...

I would like to go very much, seeing that it's in California. However, I just don't know if we'll be able to swing it with everything going on with Michael and us :(

Sonia said... know I'm going! I'm right down the street!

Jennifer Horner said...

Hi Crystal,
Wes, Vivian and I will definitely be going. My parents live in Sacto and that's partly where I grew up. So glad you are going, I look forward to seeing all of you!
I wonder all the time if I am doing enough for Viv, whether there's something that she really needs that I'm not doing. I think we all feel that way!

sheree said...

you know we'll for sure be there! I am so excited ;)

Michelle said...

I really, really want to go there this year, but now that we're further away living in MD, I don't know yet if that's ok to be possible. So many questions - do I go by myself and leave the kids w/my mom, do I take my mom and the kids? Time is running out though LOL I'll definitly let you know if I do end up going though!