The 2018 convention will include specialized programming for individuals with WS of all ages and their siblings up to age 17. Programs are specialized as follows:
- Infants and toddlers (through age 5) (with WS and siblings) are cared for in two separate programs. Each of the programs are held at the hotel. Infants and children with WS who are not yet walking are cared in one area and toddlers in another. Each program includes age appropriate activities and entertainment and is run by an experienced daycare provider who is personally familiar with Williams syndrome. Children are cared for by volunteers, ages 16 or older at a ratio of 3 to 1.
- School-age children with WS and siblings(ages 6-12) attend an off-site, day camp program. WSA campers are included in a regular day camp program with staff augmented by WSA Summer Camp Activity Directors and additional volunteer counselors, age 18 and older, to provide care at a ratio of 4 to 1.
- Teens with WS and siblings up to age 17 will visit local attractions by bus and within walking distance. Program leaders are experienced WSA Summer Camp Activity Directors, assisted by volunteers, ages 18 and older at a ratio of 4 to 1.
- Young adults and Adults with WS will visit local attractions and Washington, DC. There will be 3 adult groups in Baltimore, divided by age and activity level to create cohesive groups of similar sizes. Each of the groups will be lead by professionals with WS experience, and volubnteers to provide a ratio of 4-5 to 1 (depending on activity)
Additional details on all programs will be provided in the coming weeks. Check back for further details.