A Note from the PRISMS Executive Director and Board of Directors
To our PRISMS Community,
We know that the PRISMS International Conference is an event that many of you look forward to when it comes around every two years. For that reason, it is our top priority to make sure that each and every conference is the best that it can be.
Although it looks like the COVID-19 outlook is improving for 2021, the Conference committee and the PRISMS Board of Directors felt that holding an in-person event this year would put undue pressure on families to travel and make travel plans in a year that continues to be uncertain, while also excluding members of the SMS community who are not comfortable traveling yet.
In order to provide the best experience possible at our conference, we have decided to postpone our next in-person event to 2022. Instead, in 2021 you can look forward to the first ever PRISMS Virtual Summit!
Our new dates are August 4-6th, 2022, at the same location – the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas.
We hope you will join us in 2022!
Please Save the Date for PRISMS 11th International Conference
“PRISMS 2022. Envisioning the Possibilities.”
Date: August 4-6, 2022
Location: Dallas, TX
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Dallas
Hotel guest room rate: $155
Local attractions & fun things to do: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/texas/hyatt-regency-dallas/dfwrd/area-attractions
Registration for the conference will open in Spring 2022.
Conference registration costs:
- Adult $260.00
- Child $100.00
- Individual with SMS $75.00
- Professional $315.00
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.
WE BELIEVE THE CONFERENCE SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE...
Along with subsidizing almost 400 attendee 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.
At the 2018 International SMS Conference, PRISMS celebrated the 10th conference on SMS and also 25 years of leadership and a future of hope for the global SMS community.
We are honored to share highlights of our 25 years through our 25th Anniversary video. Take a look!
The conference opened with an #IAm Campaign Celebration highlighting the many talents, passions, and characteristics across our vibrant community! Individuals with SMS, Zach Kon, Jeremy Bolt, Julia Cooney, and Cora Faistenhammer joined their families to share their #IAm statements. You can view the #IAm Official Video showcased at the conference here.