2020 NADS Conference: Lifelong Learners!
  • Location: St. Ignatius College Prep

2020 NADS Conference: Lifelong Learners!

2020 Creating Lifelong Learners Conference
August 8, 2020

St. Ignatius College Prep 1076 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL  60608

Conference Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NADS-Creating-Lifelong-Learners-Conference-110640307051837/

Registration Rates

  • Individual Registration – $85
  • Household Attendance (2 people) – $140
  • Teen/Adult Registration for individuals with Down syndrome ages 15+ – $50
  •  Siblings Workshop for 12-18 year olds – $50
  • Education/Professional Bundling – $60 for at least 2 professionals
    • Must register in a group

Add-Ons at Registration

  • Yard Signs $21
  • Coffee Mugs $15
  • Water Bottles $10
  • T-Shirts $10
  • ¼ Zip Pull-Over $40
  • Sunglasses $3
  • Reusable Cloth Bag $10


NADS will offer 30-40 professional presentations!  Presentations will include support for: speech and language, reading and writing skills, positive behavior supports, employment, ABLE ACT, physical therapy, dual diagnosis, sibling support, nutrition, feeding and oral motor, legal and future planning, education and IEP’s, a much more!  Presentation details will be available in early May so attendees can begin to determine which sessions they would like to attend.

*If interested in being a presenter please contact Peggy Delaney by February 28th: peggydelaney1431@yahoo.com.


Most of our 2020 presenters will have exhibitor tables so you can connect and follow-up with all presenters during the entire day!  We will have over 30 exhibitors available for the day!

Additional Exhibitor Tables will be available for reservations in April once all presenters have reserved their spots for the Exhibitor Hall.


7:30 – 8:45
Registration Open – Registration tables will be open until 11:00 AM.
Exhibitor Hall Open

8:45 – 9:45
Opening Keynote address

10:00 – 11:00
Session 1 Presentations (10 presentations during this time slot))
Sibling Workshop begins (session will continue until 12:15)
Teen/Adult Conference begins (T/A Conference proceeds until 3:30)

11:15 – 12:15
Session 2 Presentations (10 presentations available during this time slot)

12:15 – 1:15
Complementary Box Lunch Provided (Sibling Workshop breaks for lunch – lunch is attended with parents in Tully Hall).
Teen/Adult Conference do lunch together in McLaughlin Hall
Exhibitor Hall Open

1:15 – 2:15
Session 3 Presentations (10 presentations available during this time slot)
Sibling Workshop begins (session will continue until 3:30)

2:30 – 3:30
Session 4 Presentations (10 presentations available during this time slot)

3:30  – 4:00
Exhibitor Hall Open
Education Table available for teacher/educator Certificates
Sibling Workshop and Teen/Adult Conference Conclude at 3:30

Teen/Adult Conference Details

A full schedule will be posted in early May.

Teen/Adult conference is available to individuals with Down syndrome ages 15+

The 2020 Conference will offer breakout sessions for teens and adults with Down syndrome. workshops on health, nutrition and having an active life style, and offer opportunities for socialization through a variety of activities.  The day will end with a dance social with a DJ!

Sibling Workshop Details

A full schedule will be posted in early May.

We are so thrilled to expend our platform to include 12-18 year old siblings. Siblings will attend a separate track of education facilitated by Tara Conley from Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters. S.I.B.S. is an established Illinois non-profit serving siblings across the lifespan. S.I.B.S. champions siblings of people with disabilities in Illinois, offering solidarity and relevant resources to enhance the quality of life for siblings and families alike.


NADS will announce the Keynotes soon!


Parking is Free

St. Ignatius College Prep
1076 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

Saint Ignatius is located on the west side of Chicago at 1076 West Roosevelt Road.  The school is on the north-west corner of Roosevelt Road and South Blue Island Avenue just minutes from the UIC campus and downtown Chicago.


A complimentary lunch is provided for all registered participants.

Professional Development Hours

NADS is currently working with the following organizations to provide professional development certificates from the following entities:

  • Early Intervention (EI) Credits
  • ISBE Continuing Education Units
  • Gateways Verified Hours for ECE Providers

Certificates and Feedback Forms will be available at the Education Table

Available Scholarships


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