Frequently Asked Questions

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This information is from our 2017 Conference in Banff. Check back in early 2018 for details on the 2018 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference in Hamilton, May 18 to 20, 2018.

Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Down Syndrome Conference! Below are our most commonly asked questions about the conference. If your question is not answered below, contact us.

What is included in your conference registration?

An adult conference registration includes the Friday night Welcome Reception, Opening Ceremony, all conference breakout sessions on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and Saturday night activities. 

What are the conference registration fees?

2017 Conference Costs

  • Holiday rate – Member: $250
  • Holiday rate – Non-member: $300
  • Early Bird – Member: $270
  • Early Bird – Non-member: $320
  • Regular – Member: $320
  • Regular – non-member: $370
  • Self-Advocate (adult with Down syndrome) & Teen Program: $100
  • Childcare (2 to 12 years old): $100
  • Banquet (13 years and older): $65
  • Banquet (12 years and younger): $35

Note: Registration fee includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Attendees are responsible for their own hotel and travel fees. Visit the Planning Your Trip page for more information and discounts.
Early bird rates are in effect until April 30, 2017.

 

What isn’t included in your conference registration?

Transportation to and from the conference, accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, and Sunday night banquet tickets. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased for an extra cost.

What is the Childcare Program?

We have programs for children aged 2-6 and 7-11. This program takes place at the hotel and consist of a variety of activities for the children to take part in. Lunch and snacks will be provided both days. The Canadian Down Syndrome Society provides volunteers at a 2 to 1 ratio and all volunteers have up-to-date police and vulnerable sector checks. Children who are 12 can choose whether they would like to go into the Childcare Program or the Teen Program (based on availability).

What is the Teen & Self-Advocate Program?

This program is for conference attendees 12 and up. This program gives this group an opportunity to make new friends and try new things. This group will participate in a variety of activities; these activities take place both at the conference location as well as in the community. Lunch and snacks will be provided both days. All volunteers have up-to-date police and vulnerable sector checks.

What is a self-advocate?

A self-advocate is a person with Down syndrome over the age of 18.

Do you have to stay at the hotel where the conference is being held?

You are not required to stay at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, but CDSS has secured a discounted rate for conference attendees. If you do not stay at the Banff Centre we may be required to charge guests who stay at other properties a $15/family resort fee which would cover parking, wireless internet, and access to the Sally Borden fitness centre.

What is included in the facility fee?

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is providing the Canadian Down Syndrome Society an excellent rate on our guest rooms and meeting space, but it is dependent on our attendees staying at the Banff Centre. Guests who stay at the Banff Centre will pay a resort fee directly to the Centre through their guest room charges. We may be required to charge guests who stay at other properties a $15/family resort fee which would cover parking, wireless internet and access to the Sally Borden fitness centre.

I’d like to come early or stay late to explore the Banff area, is that okay?

If you would like to extend your stay please contact the Banff Centre reservation desk at 1-800-884-7574.

How do I become a member of CDSS?

To become a member of CDSS and take advantage of our member conference pricing please complete your membership payment here.

What if my child needs extra support?

If your child needs extra support in one of the programs, please email us at info@cdss.ca to learn about some of the options we have.

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