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Techniques for Success Conference

DSNMC, along with FRIENDS of Frederick County and the Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group, sponsors the award winning annual TFS conference. The conference is usually held on November of each year . This full day conference is offered to all parents and educators of the area.  For more information, visit  Registration will open on September.

View our video of highlights from the 2013 conference at the bottom of this page!


After careful consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the planning committee of the Techniques for Success (TFS) Conference has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 conference.  

The conference was created over ten years ago by a small group of parents to children with Down syndrome (DS) to increase the awareness of the needs of these students. Over the years it has grown to be an annual gathering of over 400 teachers, therapists, school personnel, and parents from across and beyond Maryland. Cancellation of this important event was not a decision made lightly but no doubt a correct one given the circumstances.  

We recognize that the TFS Conference is not just an annual meeting that provides the latest information and useful strategies on working with students with DS and other disabilities, it creates a supportive space for people with a common interest. We have heard how this conference fosters collaborations across the disciplines and between the parents and the schools. We know how many of you return year after year, looking forward to catching up with friends and colleagues as well as making new connections. Our gathering supports you and your community in the important work you do.  

There will not be a digital or virtual 2020 Conference to replace the canceled in-person event.  This does not mean you are left with fewer options for support and learning. We encourage you to visit the websites of the three organizations that produce the TFS Conference: Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group of the central Baltimore region, Family Resource, Information, & Education Network for Down Syndrome of Frederick County, and Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County. You are welcome to join any and all activities that we are producing for our communities.  

We are committed to a high-quality experience and are looking to an even bigger and better conference when we can meet again in person. We look forward with optimism to seeing you in 2021.  

Stay safe and healthy.  

The TFS Conference Planning Committee


Educator Resource Guide

DSNMC Education Resource Guide - click here to download!

The Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County has created this Education Resource Guide because we believe that the best way to support the educational needs of our families is to be a “go-to” resource for the most up-to-date information and resources for our educators. Inside, you will find strategies for how children with Down syndrome learn, tools for the classroom and general learning information.


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