PRISMS 10th International SMS Conference

Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel

Pittsburgh, PA

July 19-21, 2018


Registration for the PRISMS 10th International SMS Conference is now closed

Join us in Pittsburgh, PA, this Summer 2018!

Update –  PRISMS 10th International SMS Conference has an unprecedented 350 people registered to attend!  Due to our high volume of registrations, we are unable to accept new registrants at this time. We are also unable to accept or accommodate onsite registrations this year. Please contact with questions.

Please join us at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center hotel for the PRISMS 10th International SMS Conference. This multi-day event has been designed to educate and share information about Smith-Magenis Syndrome, while providing opportunities for engagement and community amongst SMS families and professionals. Invited guests include individuals and families affected by SMS as well as the professional community with an interest in SMS.

The Pittsburgh Marriott City Center hotel is located at 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

  • Workshops will begin on Thursday, July 19th at noon, (approximate start time and subject to change)
  • First Steps session, (for first or second-time attendees), will begin at 1:15pm on Thursday, July 19th
  • Welcome Reception – 5:00pm, Thursday, July 19th
  • All day sessions, 8:00am – 5:00pm, on Friday and Saturday, July 20th-21st
  • Conference concludes on Saturday, July 21st at 5:00pm

Book your hotel room, now online – to make reservations online go to the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center hotel website. Alternatively, you can call the hotel directly at the following phone numbers: (toll free) 800-228-9290, (local) 412-471-4000. When calling the hotel, please mention the PRISMS Conference to ensure you receive the correct room rate ($139.00 per night plus applicable taxes).

The goals of the conference include:

  • To understand the medical, social, developmental and behavioral aspects of SMS.
  • To gain knowledge about the most recent advances in diagnosis, management and potential benefits to persons with SMS.
  • To develop intervention strategies, treatment and management plans for persons with SMS.
  • To recognize the psychosocial aspects impacting SMS families and the role of PRISMS as a network.
  • To learn about SMS, past, present and future. And, most importantly, to share information and tips with other families.

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Along with subsidizing more than 300 registration costs, PRISMS provides scholarship opportunities to cover additional conference costs for families, educators, and researchers – ranging from registration, to hotel accommodations, to travel.

We believe the conference should be accessible to all, and we are determined to keep costs of attendance for the SMS community low. PRISMS accomplishes this by providing scholarship opportunities to cover conference costs for families and professionals and heavily subsidizing the true cost to all of our attendees. The true cost per person at our international conference is approximately %760. PRISMS subsidizes roughly $500 per registrant, leaving attendees to cover just 30% of each individual cost to attend.

And we are committed to organizing and hosting a high-quality conference full of content that is relevant and empowering for all attendees.

Together through education, awareness, and research, we are all strong.

2016 PRISMS Conference By the Numbers

Attendee Quotes

We really appreciated the session on special education since our daughter is starting kindergarten this year. We learned about educational advocates and how they can help families navigate through the school system to obtain the services that are best for their child”
– SMS Parents, GA

The PRISMS conference was the highlight of my summer – I LOVE these families!”
– Behavior Therapist, PA

The community PRISMS has created at the conference is approachable, loving and supportive”
—SMS Dad, KS

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