Initial Required Conference

The Initial Conference for I Learn Scholarship Recipients the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention

The National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention is hosted in a different location every year throughout the United States of America.  It offers over 16.5 hours of continuing education for professional, plus hosts an Educator Conference and multiple Pre-Conferences in addition to its general conference.  Down Country uses the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention to vett its I Learn recipients and help supply a unified knowledge base, as well as, altering perceptions of what's possible for individuals who live life "outside the box".  In addition, to the professional aspect of the conference, DSMIG the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group host its annual meeting in conjunction with the conference and you can find many of medical experts in the world among presenters and attendees.  There is a Kids Camp, Brothers & Sisters Convention & a GROWING Youth & Adult Conference for self-advocates on ALL aspects of life.  It is a truly one-of-a kind life altering convention with feeling of a GIANT family reunion and an example of what the world should be like.  You can find out more about the conference and its offerings by visiting: and clicking on the annual convention tab.

Whether you choose to apply for a scholarship or nor, you are always welcome to join Down Country at the convention and/or volunteer your time as a gift of the heart!

The Conference for 2018 will be held in Dallas, Texas and will run from July 12-15, 2018 Attendance at the convention is MANDATORY for ALL first year I Learn Scholarship Recipients, after the first year I Learn recipients (provided they submit a Board Approved "Pay It Forward" may attend any NATIONAL or INTERNATIONAL conference approved by the board of Down Country.  Recipients submit a conference request form for all conferences which you can find under the I Learn Application tab AND the i Learn tab on Down Country's website