On March 23, 2013, two days after World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, the MDSC, for the 29th year, hosts its Annual Conference, bringing together more than 500 self-advocates, parents, grandparents, siblings, educators, and other professionals to learn from regional and national experts on a spectrum of topics related to Down syndrome.

This year's theme is "Real Lives," named in part for the "Real Lives Bill," a key piece of state legislation that would markedly improve the way services are financed and delivered for people with disabilities in Massachusetts. Real Lives also refers to the fact that, every day, people with Down syndrome are living fruitful, rewarding, full, "real lives": singing and dancing, working hard and chilling out, playing sports and rooting for the home team, laughing and crying, and contributing to our world in so many ways.

We were so fortunate to have members submit amazing photos of their loved one that illustrated how they live their Real Lives. As you can see, there are an infinite number of ways that people with Down syndrome live their very Real Lives. Enjoy!

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