• Location: St. Ignatius College Prep

“Creating Life Long Learners!”
NADS 2018 Conference

Saturday, August 11, 2018
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
St. Ignatius College Prep located at 1076 West Roosevelt Road/Chicago, IL


Katie DriscollKeynote Speaker

Founder and President of Changing the Face of Beauty, a nonprofit that believes media and advertising can change perceptions of the disability community. Katie was named 2017 TODAY Style Hero, and one of Good House Keeping’s 2017 Awesome Women. She’s been featured on the Today Show, and in Huffington Post, People magazine, and other media publications.  She believes the future of the disability community will be changed if companies value this enormous minority as a consumer in their advertising.

Kayla McKeonSelf-Advocate Keynote Speaker

Kayla serves as manager of grassroots advocacy for the National Down Syndrome Society including creating demand for employment for those with Down syndrome.  She is the first registered lobbyist with Down syndrome in Washington.  Her responsibilities include educating other about the demand for employment among those with Down syndrome and representing the organization on Capitol Hill.

Breakout sessions for families and professionals:

Conference attendees find numerous opportunities to broaden their knowledge about Down syndrome and expand their personal network of contacts.

Our 2018 Conference will offer sessions on a variety of topics:

  • Speech & Language Support
  • Reading & Writing Skills
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Sibling Support
  • Employment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutrition, feeding and Oral Motor

  • Legal and Future Planning
  • ABLE Act
  • Education and IEP’s
  • Special Needs Yoga

Click here for 2018 Conference Presentation Descriptions

Teen & Adults

(This program is only open to teens & adults with Down syndrome 16 and over.  Space is limited to the first 50 registrants!  So please register early!)

There will be breakout sessions for Teen & Adults with Down syndrome:

  • Workshops on health, nutrition and having an active lifestyle
  • Opportunities for socialization through a variety of activities
  • Dance social with a DJ

Click here for 2018-Teen-Adult-Conference-Schedule-Workshop-Descriptions


Don’t forget to order your NADS Swag!  Easy to do, just add it to your registration!

Professional Development Hours:

You can earn the following Professional Development Hours for attending “NADS Creating Life Long Learners Conference:”

  • Early Intervention (EI) credits
  • Gateways Verified Hours for ECE Providers
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for teachers and administrators

Certificates and Feedback Forms will be available at the Education Table.

Scholarships/Stipends available from the following:

Arc of Illinois – Consumer Stipend Fund:

StarNet Family Fellowship & Professional Development Assistance & Arc of Illinois Stipend Fund:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please click on this link, if interested in Sponsorship Opportunities for this Conference:

Click here for specific Sponsorship Opportunities information

2018 Exhibitors

Exhibit at the Conference

Please click on this link, if interested in having an Exhibitor Table at this Conference:

Exhibitor Terms & Conditions

For more information, please contact the NADS office (630) 325-9112.  

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