The Prenatal Summit on Education about Disabilities is an event sponsored by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation that will be held from 8am-4pm on November 12, 2021 at Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in Baltimore, Maryland and will also include a welcome reception on Thursday, November 11 from 7-9pm. This event will host 60 invited stakeholders, representing the medical, advocacy, and public policy communities, to discuss the future of prenatal education about disabilities.
- Assess the current state of education about disabilities for expectant parents receiving a prenatal diagnosis.
- Review collaborative accomplishments since the last Down Syndrome Consensus Meeting in 2008.
- Establish collaborative goals in the areas of public policy, organizational policies/guidelines, research, and ethical practices for the next decade to ensure that families receive accurate, up-todate, and balanced information, resources, healthcare, and support they need following a diagnosis or screening results and to help families and clinicians better understand a more up-to-date vision of people living with disabilities.
- Discuss best practices for building relationships between the advocacy and medical communities. Additional discussions about strategies for the education and training of medical and genetics professionals to better understand current life outcomes for people with disabilities.
- Directory of stakeholders who want to continue to work collaboratively on disability education in the prenatal setting