Frequently Asked Questions


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?

2018 Conference Costs

  • Early Bird – Member: $280
  • Early Bird – Non-member: $330
  • Regular – Member: $330
  • Regular – non-member: $380
  • 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, dinners 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 Sheraton in Hamilton, but CDSS has secured a discounted rate for conference attendees. 

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

If you would like to extend your stay please contact the Sheraton reservation desk at 1-866-238-8235.

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 to learn about some of the options we have.