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Why is the DSAIA Leadership Conference so unique?

Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action is a nonprofit trade association serving Down syndrome associations. DSAIA represents more than 1,000 leaders in the Down syndrome community representing over 80 organizations. Our members range from brand new start-ups to 40-year veteran organizations in the United States and abroad. 
And our annual leadership conference is the ONLY national conference designed just for Down syndrome nonprofit professionals and leaders - like you!

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Actor - Screenwriter - Producer - Big Brother Headlines DSAIA 2019

Brian Donovan has been a professional actor for more than 25 years in film, television and radio. He has worked on-screen with such luminaries as Jim Belushi, Jim Carrey and Angelina Jolie. He has been the voice of countless animated heroes; currently as Rock Lee from the juggernaut hit, Naruto. Later this year, he can be seen in the indie film, Somebody’s Mother.

His documentary, Kelly's Hollywood, tells the intimate story of an aspiring actor who brings his sister, born with Down syndrome, out to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva.

What are people saying about DSAIA?

DSAIA members talk about the value of DSAIA as an organization and as a conference.



Session proposals for the 2019 DSAIA Annual Leadership Conference are being accepted now!

We're looking for dynamic presentations and presenters for our 13th annual DSAIA Leadership Conference in St. Louis, MODSAIA has a reputation for top-notch speakers presenting timely, practical, and relevant information to the nonprofit Down syndrome support community. 

Whether you've presented a session before or are ready to share your expertise for the first time, we encourage you to submit your own proposal!


Get in front of decision-makers in 2019!

From visionary ideas to practical management tips, Down syndrome group leaders know that no other conference comes close to providing the useful tools and knowledge that the annual DSAIA event offers.

As a sponsor of the DSAIA 13th Annual Leadership Conference, you can be involved in bringing top-level training and networking opportunities to Down syndrome nonprofit organizations while bringing your much-needed product/service to these amazing organizations.

Learn more about sponsorship options by downloading the 2019 brochure or contact us at sponsors@dsaia.org to let us tailor a sponsorship option just for YOU!


Recognizing Accomplishment

Making Friends

Expanding Programs

Learning from Experts

In-Depth Conversations

Moments to Remember


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Attendee Registration

STARTS: Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM
ENDS: Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Save $100 when you register on or before December 1, 2018 off the regular price of $750.

Save an additional $200 off each individual ticket by entering your DSAIA Member Code at checkout! (Code found in the Members Resources section of the DSAIA website.)

PLEASE NOTE IF YOU PLAN TO PAY BY CHECK: Registration will be voided if payment is not received within 14 days.

Regular Registration


Exhibitor Space (non-sponsor)

STARTS: Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM
ENDS: Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Exhibitor spaces are available for non-sponsors as stand-alone registrations. 

Single booth space: $350

Double booth space:  $650

Exhibitor spaces do not include registration for the conference but do offer a reduced-price meal plan.  If you would like to register for the conference, you can do that separately. Conference registration (as an attendee) does include all meals.

Exhibitor Spaces



Speaker Registration

STARTS: Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM
ENDS: Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Speaker Registration

STARTS: Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM
ENDS: Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Ticket available to speakers who wish to register for the entire conference. 
You must enter the password provided to speakers in their acceptance letter to access the discounted registration.

Speaker Discounted Registration



Special Access

STARTS: Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM
ENDS: Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Special Access

STARTS: Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM
ENDS: Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Regular Registration


St. Louis Special (One-Day Pass)

STARTS: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM
ENDS: Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Can't attend the entire event? Choose a one-day pass for either Friday or Saturday. It's a great way for local leaders to take advantage of great programming even if they cannot attend Thur-Sun.  Not sure which day? (Note that it is only available for ONE DAY at this price.) Be sure and check out the schedule to choose the day that is best for you or what is available on the day you can attend.  

One-Day Registration includes breakfast, lunch and mid-afternoon snack only. 

St. Louis Special


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Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

315 Chestnut Street

St. Louis, MO 63102




Thursday, February 28, 2019

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Opening Reception

Friday, March 1, 2019

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Opening Session

10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Saturday, March 2, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

General and Breakout Sessions

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Affiliate Celebration

Sunday, March 3, 2019

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

General Session



Don't miss this incredible event! Have questions about registration, speaking, or sponsoring?  Contact us today at conference@dsaia.org today!
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