Each year WyDSA hosts a conference for people with Down syndrome and their families. WyDSA began hosting the conference in 2006 as a way to provide opportunities for many families to learn from the same experts that are at the national conferences. The Wyoming Family Conference is a chance for families to get together and spend time talking, sharing information, and learning from world-renowned experts. The conference is free to families due to the successful fundraising efforts of the Wyoming Buddy Walk®.

WyDSA provides respite care and a variety of exciting activities for kids of all ages. This not only makes for a great time for the kids, but also allows parents to focus on their sessions. The kid's sessions change from year to year, but one constant is a special session and activity for siblings.

In addition, there are sessions geared toward teens and adults with Down syndrome. These sessions provide learning opportunities in a fun environment


  2015 Down Syndrome Family Conference

May 29 and 30, 2015 in Casper, Wyoming

We will once again be at the Parkway Plaza Hotel in Casper, Wyoming which will have a block of rooms available to conference attendees. WyDSA will have grants available to help offset the cost of travel for
families. We will continue to provide respite care for people with Down syndrome and their siblings during the conference, meals will be provided all day Saturday, and we will end the weekend with the Buddy Ball! All of the specifics will be included in the registration brochure which will be mailed in April.

If you have questions about the conference please contact Joelle by email at joelle@arkrs.org or by phone at 307-742-6641.

2015 Conference Speakers for Parents:

Craig Marcott, http://www.specialneedsplanli.com/

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR), http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/watr/index.html

Joan Medlen, http://www.downsyndromenutrition.com/

For teens and adults with Down syndrome:

Joan Medlen, http://www.downsyndromenutrition.com/

Brad Carroll, http://wsfm.wyo.gov/fire-prevention/personnel-and-inspectors

Stay tuned for more information about workshop and registration specifics!






Please note that these sessions are open to people with Down syndrome and their families only. If you have any questions please contact Joelle at 307-742-6641.

Past conference presenters include:

Michael Allshouse, D.O.

Lewis Jackson, Ed.D.

Paul Taylor

Brian Chicoine, M.D.

Dennis McGuire, Ph.D.

Joan Medlen, R.D., L.D.

Kristi Menear, Ph.D., CAPE

Jennifer Meyers Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP

Gretchen Carroll, M.A

Terri Couwenhoven, MS

Brian Skotko, M.D., M.P.P.

Sue Levine, MA, CSW

Patti McVay, M.S.

Laurie Pachl

Scott Shepard, M.A., Ed.

Meredith Martin

Lee Jones

Bob Nieniec