Princeton Disability Awareness (PDA) and the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education
(NJCIE) have been working hard to put together a great program for this year’s conference
featuring Natalie Hale, a nationally known speaker and author, among other panels featuring
self advocates and professionals in various fields.
During the conference, all children with Down syndrome between the ages of 2 and 21 (and interested siblings) attend a carnival with a personal Princeton University student volunteer. The carnival hosts a variety of activities including a scavenger hunt, sports, interactive stories and games, and other stations run by Princeton student groups. Volunteer to child ratios are usually one-to-one. All volunteers are trained and receive individual information on their specific child.
While the children are attending the carnival, their parents are invited to hear speakers who are experts in different aspects of Down syndrome. This year, some of the topics to be discussed include: reading made easy for learners with Down syndrome, inclusion in school and community, transition, self-determination and preparation for adult life. In addition, there will be an exhibit hall with various organizations that provide resources and support for families of children with Down Syndrome. Suggestions for speakers and exhibitors are more than welcome! Complimentary lunch is also provided for all attendees.