Research and Retreat Weekend 2018

One weekend, one location, lots of families and activities, lots of fun and lots of learning, all the weekend of August 9-12, 2018 at the Cincinnatit Great Wolf Lodge!

IMDSA's Research & Retreat is teaming up with the International Down Syndrome Coalition (IDSC) Family Weekend at the Cincinnati Great Wolf Lodge, Ohio! IMDSA and IDSC's annual events are combining into one fabulous weekend!

We hope to see you there!

Hotel Registration Information

The Great Wolf Lodge Mason, OH

2501 Great Wolf Drive

Mason, OH 45040

Group Code: #1808IMDS 

Conference Registration Information


$135  Family Registration
$65 Individual Registration

Your Registration Includes: 

*Thursday Welcome reception 
* Entry into all conference workshops on Friday 
(Lunch is provided)
* Saturday Family Reunion Dinner Pizza Party 
* Entry into all IMDSA's schedule activities for our families 
Thursday, Aug 9th: Family Connect Day

Come Join IMDSA and IDSC for a fun family filled day at King's Island!
Park open's at 10:00am
IMDSA and IDSC will be hosting a free cook out from 2:30-4:00pm at the Picnic Grove (located on site at KI)
for all our families! Please be there during that time. 

Click button
to purchase your discounted tickets and meal tickets.
*If you already have park tickets/passes, please still order meal tickets*


 Friday: Presentations and Presenters
Friday is filled with presenters and different researchers presenting
on their research within the Ds community!

Dr. Colleen Jackson-Cook - Virginia Commonwealth University

 Dr. Ruth Brown from - Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Anna Esbensen - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Maria Dellapina - Specs4Us

Nina Fuller - Founder of S.M.I.L.E on Down Syndrome 

Interested in Presenting?
Fill out our presenter proposal form


Kid and Youth Kamp Self Advocate Leadership Kamp


Kid and Youth camp will be taking place onsite during Friday's presentations! 

 The Self Advocate Leadership Kamp will be lead by Dr Jackson-Cook and Dr. Ruth Brown onsite.  

   Register now!       

Moms and Dads Night Out! 

Thursday Mom’s night @ 8:30pm, Friday Dad’s night @ 8:30pm

Venue... The Lodge Wood Fired Grill at Great Wolf Lodge


Saturday: Connecting with others and Participating in research

On Saturday families are free to hangout at the waterpark to connect and enjoy a pizza party dinner in our designated area.  The pizza party is included in your registration cost.

If you are not planning to attend the R&R, but would still like to attend the pizza party on Saturday night you can purchase tickets separately. The cost of the ticket is $15 per person for ages 3 and up. To order them please go here.

Also on Saturday, research will take place, giving families the opportunity to meet with researchers face to face.  To get more information about the researchers that will be attending the Research and Retreat weekend, visit here.  If you are interested in participating in research during the conference, you can indicate your interest by checking the box on the registration form indicating your interest in research participation.  

Approximately two weeks prior to the 2018 Research and Retreat Weekend, you will receive an email from IMDSA with details.  This email is used to determine when your family will arrive at the conference, which research in which you want to participate, the form of Down syndrome your child has, as well as their age and gender.  Once that information is received, another email will be send to you by the Wednesday evening prior to the event with your research schedule for Saturday and any necessary documents or information needed for the research.

*Please note participation in research is optional and free of charge.

International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association

PO Box 321, Stow, MA 01775
1-888-IMDSA-21|  Email - President, Brandy Hellard
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