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2017 Registration, Hotel & Schedule

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Cost and Registration 

Registration for the #DSWORKS® Employment Conference is now open. Click here to register today! The registration deadline is Monday, March 27, 2017.

The cost for the #DSWORKS® Employment Conference is $30 per person. 

The cost for the Buddy Walk® on Washington, held on April 4-5, 2017, is $50 (ages 5 and under are free). 

Those who register for both the #DSWORKS® Employment Conference and the Buddy Walk® on Washington may receive a $10 discount; upon registering for either conference, registrants will receive a confirmation email that contains an offer code to use when registering for the other conference to save $10 per person.

Hotel Information

The 2017 #DSWORKS® Employment Conference and Buddy Walk® on Washington will be held at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

Update on February 15, 2017: The Westin Arlington Gateway is sold out on April 5 and only a few rooms remain in our block at $239 per night on April 2-4. To try to reserve a room at the Westin, click here or call 888-627-7076 and mention NDSS. We have arranged for another block at $239 per night at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston, 4610 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, which is a short walk from the Westin. To reserve a room at the Holiday Inn, click here. The deadline to reserve a room at the Holiday Inn is 5:00 PM Eastern time on March 15, 2017. 


The #DSWORKS® Employment Conference is scheduled for April 3, 2017, from 1:00 – 6:00 PM ET, followed by the NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington on April 4-5, 2017. Both events will be held at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, 801 N Glebe Road, Arlington, VA. (For a map of the meeting rooms at the hotel, please follow this link and scroll to the second page.)

12:30 – 1:00 PM –


1:00 – 1:15 PM – 

Welcoming Remarks

Sara Hart Weir, President, National Down Syndrome Society

1:15 – 1:50 PM – 

Keynote: The Case for Hiring People with Disabilities

Amy & Ben Wright, Owners, Beau & Bitty’s Coffee, Wilmington NC

1:50 – 2:20 PM – 

Sara Wolff's Employment Success Story

Sara Wolff, Law Clerk, O’Malley & Langan Law Offices

2:20 – 2:35 PM –

Snack & Break

2:35 - 4:00 PM –

Parent and Caregiver Track: 

How Postsecondary Programs Lead To Positive Employment Outcomes

Beth Myers, Director, Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, Syracuse University 

Benefits of Technology As A Workplace Support

Kymberly S. DeLoatche, Travel Training Project Coordinator, The Arc of Northern Virginia

Self-Advocate Track: 

How To Ace Your Resume

Nicolette Stearns, Director of Leadership Programs, ArtStream

Adrian Forsythe, Program Assistant, National Down Syndrome Society


Master Your Interview Skills 

Rob Snow, Stand Up for Downs

David Egan, JP Kennedy Jr Public Policy Fellow

4:00 – 4:10 PM –


4:10 – 5:30 PM – 

Job Training At Home Panel: How Young Adults Can Prepare For Independence

Kathleen Egan & David Egan

Mary Ann Pyron & Blake Pyron

Lin Rubright & AnnaRose Rubright

Patricio Forsythe & Adrian Forsythe

5:30 – 6:00 PM –

Concluding Remarks

Travis Akins, Executive Director, Growth Through Opportunity

Tyler Caldwell, Cadet, Growth Through Opportunity

Schedule is subject to change*


For more information, please email NDSS #DSWORKS® Program Manager, Camille Franco, at [email protected].

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