2021 Conference Program

With a virtual format, you can expect some changes in this year's Annual Leadership Conference.  But what stays the same is the high level content you have come to expect--and the opportunity to connect with colleagues.  The conference will begin on Thursday, February 18 and continue through Saturday, February 20.  And because we know how busy you are, we're reserved Sunday, February 21 for replays and a chance to further explore what our sponsors have to offer.

Preview the 2021 Conference Program below.

Thursday, February 18:


11:00 - 2:00

DSAIA Board Meeting

11:00 - 12:30

Leader Circles

2:00 - 5:00

Board Basics:  Creating an Exceptional Board

7:00 - 8:00

Opening Session

Friday, February 19


10:30 - 12:00

National Panel

12:15 - 1:45

Collaborative Leadership During a Crisis: Creation of the Down Syndrome and COVID-19 Q+A Resource


Virtual Programming Guide: Tips and Tricks for Down Syndrome Associations


A New Way of Walking: Making Your Virtual Walk a Success


Working Better Together

2:00 - 2:30

Black and African Family Outreach and Engagement


Middle School Hangout: Keeping Teens Connected During COVID


Making Communications Easy: Learn How to Design, Schedule and Share Messages Easily!


Meaningful Budgets: What You Need to Know

2:45 - 3:30

Enhancing Medical Outreach Possibilities: Adding the First-Ever Published Adult Medical Care Guidelines to your Organization’s Toolkit


Advocate Like Your Group’s Mission Depends Upon It, Because It Often Does!


From Donor to Hero: How Intentional Storytelling and Donor Voice Improve Fundraising


Taking Your Social Media to the Next Level

3:45- 4:15

Pivoting Without Panic


DSMIG COVID-19 Vaccine Position Statement


Diversity & Inclusion Within Your Organization


Cash Reserves--How To and How Much?

4:30 - 5:30

DSAIA Member Forum

Saturday, February 20


10:30 - 12:30

Strategies to Focus on Racial Equity

12:45 - 2:15

Educate & Empower!


Power Boost Your Medical Outreach Program with Free Online Training and Resources


How does COVID-19 Impact People with Down Syndrome? What Studies and a Panel of Clinicians Tell Us


Create a Development Plan That Works

2:30 - 4:00

Leader Circles: Fundraisng


Leader Circles: Program


Leader Circles: Board Members


Leader Circles:


Leader Circles:

4:15 - 5:45

Virtual Fundraising: A List of Best Practices


#DSWORKS®: Implementing Local Employment Supports


Lessons Learned:  How to Keep Underserved Families Engaged with Digital Integration


National Parents First Call Center: Highlighting Prenatal Parent Engagement and Support


myDSC - Building a Knowledgeable Community

6:00 - 7:00

Closing Session