"This conference was AMAZING! As a practitioner it was VERY informational with up to date research that I could use to apply in my clinical practice. As a parent it was inspirational and informative with thoughts and applications I could use within my own family.
The collaboration of such dedicated, gifted and knowledgeable researchers and practitioners in the field was INCREDIBLE! I will definitely be attending this conference again! I highly recommend it for parents and families of someone with Down Syndrome, and anyone that is working with those with DS! It's a time to be inspired!"
— Dr. Jessica Kooima RN, NMD
"The DSI conference was an incredible learning experience for both professional and parent. I was awed and amazed by the incredible and practical information shared by some of the top and most knowledgeable professionals with expertise in Trisomy 21. This information can forever change lives for individuals with Down syndrome and their families."
— Jill Rabin, Speech Pathologist
“The best part was having all of these amazing professionals in one place. My son who has DS and ASD has been struggling. A "light bulb" went off for me regarding my son's thyroid, the possibility of mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress and candida. I immediately made a Dr. appointment and will push for the suggested blood work. The conference and the connections I made opened my eyes... I don't think this would have happened if I read and researched on my own. I really needed this conference and I can truly say it has made all of the difference in how I will push forward. It jump started me...I am forever grateful!”
— Amy Kahle, parent
“I got a very full plate out of the conference of things to research and try. Didn’t walk away needing anything else. This conference was about what your kid can do and how to help them do more.”
— Dorthy Graves, parent and DS organization board member
For Family Members
... This conference was so stimulating. This will be LIFE CHANGING...
I was unable to sleep Saturday night because my mind was so full of an incredible amount of very insightful information to be taken in and shared with others, as well as the need to implement much of this with my granddaughter with Down syndrome as well as others like her.
— Mary Roesinger, grandmother
"As a researcher and seminar presenter, the Innovations 2015 Conference was a uniquely enjoyable experience. I have spoken at many conferences over the years on various topics and presenting my lab’s work is always rewarding and the feedback, invaluable. This was doubly the case for the Innovations 2015 Conference due to the presence and interaction of the families and parents of individuals with Down syndrome. They are very knowledgeable and engaged, and sometimes know as much if not more about the science than me! They also have hands-on experience directly testing various diets and approaches. Interacting with this community at the conference further underscored my realization that advancing Down syndrome research and treatment is not limited to the laboratory but rather is a team effort between us researchers and the families of Down syndrome."
— Dana Crawford, PhD, researcher and presenter