Ready to submit your proposal for DSAIA's 2022 Annual Leadership Conference?  

DSAIA is looking for proposals that are specifically targeted to nonprofit leaders. This year's theme is Leading with Intent. Download the 2022 Proposal Submission Guidelines to learn more about this year's proposal submissions including how each proposal will be reviewed.  Before you submit your proposal, take a look at these helpful tips:

  • As you prepare your proposal, remember that the DSAIA audience consists of leaders in the Down syndrome community and includes executive directors, board members, and volunteers. Some come from organizations run by volunteers with no staff, some from large, well-established organizations with multiple staff.  Is your presentation relevant to all of these attendees?  If not, be sure to specify your target audience in your proposal.   
  • The title should be no more than 15 words.
  • You will be asked to include a brief description (75 words) that describes your proposal for our attendees.  If your proposal is accepted, this is what will appear in our program.
  • Whoever you identify as your lead presenter becomes our primary contact.  This is the person who will receive the proposal confirmation and any important updates about your session.
  • For each presenter, you will need their name, email address, and a brief bio (125 words).  Sessions and workshops are limited to four presenters; spotlight sessions are limited to two.
  • You can choose from three session types: session, workshop, or spotlight session.
  • Include a description of how your proposal is particularly relevant to the DSAIA audience which consists of nonprofit leaders including staff and Board members.
  • Tell us why you (and your co-presenters) are especially qualified to present this material.
  • Let us know how you plan to organize your session.
  • DSAIA is looking for high quality sessions and workshop that recognize adult learning principles.  Be prepared to tell us what strategies you will use to engage attendees.
  • In sections where there are posted word limits, the fields will cut off if you exceed the limit. If that happens, make some edits to shorten your text.
  • Once you submit your proposal, a confirmation email will be sent to the lead presenter.  If you do not receive this email, let us know as soon as possible.
  • Lead presenters will be notified by November 30 if your presentation has been selected for inclusion on this year's program.


 Proposals are due November 15, 2021