Conference Information

General Information

Onsite Registration Hours

Thursday, July 11th, 2024, 11:00am-7:00pm, Reunion Foyer, (Lobby Level)
Friday, July 12th, 2024, 7:00am-8:00am, Reunion Foyer, (Lobby Level)

Special Assistance

PRISMS Conference Staff will be glad to assist you with any special requirements (e.g., physical, dietary). Please find us in the Registration area.

Recommended Attire

Meeting room temperatures and personal comfort vary widely. Because the meeting rooms always seem cold, please bring a light sweater or jacket.

Conference Name Badges

ALL PRISMS conference attendees must wear their name badges at all times. This will help PRISMS Conference Staff to ensure privacy and security of our conference.

Hotel Overview

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am

Onsite Restaurants

Parrino’s, Centennial Café, Monduel’s, Coffee’s Post


Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport – 15 miles, ~17 mins

Transportation to/from DFW International Airport – 15 miles, ~17 minutes

  • Taxi fare is approximately $45-50
  • Rideshare options available – fare is approximately $30-$40
  • Go Shuttle shuttles are for $16 and are located on the front drive. Sedan, SUV and cab service also available. Make a reservation!
  • The DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) orange line leaves from the airport and goes to the West End station, and guests can take either the red or blue line to get to Union Station (attached to the hotel via underground concourse). For transportation to DFW Airport from the hotel, guests can take either the red or blue DART lines from Union Station to the West End station and switch to the orange line to take to the airport.

Transportation to/from Love Field Airport – 7 miles, ~10 minutes

  • Taxi fare is approximately $20-25
  • Go Shuttle shuttles are for $16 and are located on the front drive. Sedan, SUV and cab service also available. Make a reservation!
  • DART light & commuter rail stop at Union Station, connected to the hotel, providing access to destinations around DFW, as well as both airports
  • AVIS/Budget rental cars available on-site
  • Rideshare options available – fare is approximately $30-$40

If you are planning to drive to the hotel, PRISMS guests are entitled to a $5 discount each day for self-parking with in and out privileges. Daily rate parking is discounted as follows: 0-4 hours $7, 4-8 hours $11 and 8+ hours $17.

Special Events

Hula on over in your Hawaiian Shirts and Grass Skirts and join us as we escape to our Hawaiian Paradise Fundraiser benefitting PRISMS!
Get ready for a night of giving back to PRISMS with a tropical twist! Participate in engaging games while contributing to a cause that makes a difference for our SMS families!
Enjoy passed appetizers and our signature blue tropical cocktail while you take in the views of downtown Dallas skyline from the rooftop. We have a DJ so you can show off your best moves and a fun-themed photo booth to capture your “Aloha” spirit!
Purchase your tickets now ($125) for this adults-only event and let’s create waves of change together!
Proceeds will help offset some of the expenses that make the 2024 conference affordable for all families, including childcare costs and family scholarships.

. For location information, please check out the link below:

Location of Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Downtwon/Reunion District

Welcome Reception ( DJ, and celebration!): The Welcome Reception will take place Thursday from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Marsalis Hall A, (Exhibition Level). Please make sure to stop by and enjoy the entertainment and visit with friends. There will be a live DJ and hors d’ouevres and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

First Steps: “Navigating the PRISMS Conference and Finding Support Along the Way”: For first and second- time attendees, PRISMS is offering a “First Steps Session.” Veteran parents will be available in this session to come alongside new families and offer guidance and answer questions. This session will take place on Thursday from 1:15pm-2:45pm in Pegasus B. There will also be a First Steps re-group on Saturday from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm in Pegasus B.

Ice Cream Social: After the final remarks on Saturday, please join us for an Ice Cream Social from 5:15 pm-6:15 pm in the Marsalis A Foyer. Ice cream will be provided.

Childcare: For children ages 4-18; advance registration is required. The programs will be held in Cumberland E-H, (Exhibition Level) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The Corporate Kids staff will be available on Thursday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm for check-in and ID photos in the Cumberland Foyer. Please see the Kiddie Corp Program Information page for more information.. **Note: Children must be picked up promptly at the end of each session.

**A fee will be added if you are late

Session for SMS Teens and Adults: This special session for teens and adults with SMS only will be led by Christine Brennan, PhD, SLP, in Pegasus A, (Lobby Level), on Friday from 11:15am-12:00pm.

Sessions for Siblings: Check out our special offerings throughout the conference just for siblings! On Friday there will be a Siblings workshop offered for siblings ages 7-12 from 9:45am-11:00am and a session offered for siblings 13 years through adult from 1:30pm-2:45pm also in Cotton Bowl (Atrium level). On Saturday, siblings will have an opportunity to learn about genetics, DNA, and what makes each person unique in a Genetics of You! session. More details about these sessions can be found in the program agenda.

The PRISMS Den Event: The PRISMS Den is for our SMS adult attendees and siblings, ages 16 and up. The PRISMS Den will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm in Cockrell/Windsor (Atrium Level). Advance registration is required. **Attendees to the PRISMS Den Event must be picked up promptly at 5:00 pm.

**A fee will be added if you are late

PRISMS Family Connect Room: Come visit the PRISMS Hospitality Suite and meet new and old friends. This is a place where families can sit down, relax, and enjoy good company! The Family Connect room is located in Brian Beeman B, (Atrium Level), on Thursday, 12:00pm-10:00pm. and Friday and Saturday evening from 8:00am-10:00pm.

PRISMS Pathway: PRISMS is pleased toshowcase it’s resources at the 2024 International SMS Conference. Each of the tables has a product, opportunity, or resource important to the SMS community. Visit the PRISMS Pathway Thursday from 4:00pm-7:00pm and Friday from 7:00am-5:00pm in Reunion Foyer, (Lobby Level).

Curbside Consults: A multidisciplinary group of professionals will be available to answer questions from attendees in a one-on-one setting. This session will provide attendees an opportunity to have brief consult questions answered by professionals from a wide variety of disciplines and sub-specialties. Curbside Consults will take place on Friday from 5:15pm-6:00pm and Saturday at 3:45pm-4:30pm in Reunion E-H.