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Plans are underway for Symposium 2006. I am excited to see old friends, meet new families, and learn more about MSUD. We expect a large number of attendees for this symposium, as our numbers have increased by 25-50 with each symposium. When I hosted the symposium in Columbus, Ohio in 1996, 175 people attended. Nearly 375 people attended the symposium in Decatur, GA in July 2004. Due to this growth, we have made some changes in the structure/format of the conference. Watch for the symposium registration form which will include details about speakers and topics, in early spring 2006.


WHERE:
Dublin Embassy Suites,
5100 Upper Metro Place,
Dublin, Ohio 43017
614.790.9000
www.embassysuitescolumbusdublin.com

Each suite has a private bedroom with 1 king or 2 double beds and a separate living area with a sofa bed, dining table, microwave, and refrigerator. The hotel also has an indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center.

WHO: MSUD families and professionals


COST:


No registration cost
to attend the symposium for MSUD families or professionals.
Hotel rate - $104.00 per night, includes free parking.
Buffet breakfasts, lunch on Friday and Saturday and evening snacks are included. Low protein foods will be provided for these meals. Dinners are on your own.

TRANSPORTATION:

The hotel is located off Interstate 270 and SR 161 on the northwest side of Columbus.
Port Columbus, the nearest airport (airport code is CMH), is a 30 minute drive from the airport.


SCHEDULE:

Thursday June 15th: Registration/Reception 7-9pm
Friday June 16th: Meeting Time 9am-5pm
Saturday June 17th: Meeting Time 9am-12noon, Family Gathering 2-5pm


TRAVEL ASSISTANCE:

We have received another generous donation from the United Services Foundation. This money is designated to help with travel expenses for those who do not have other financial resources available. Those who have never attended an MSUD Symposium will have top priority for assistance to attend Symposium 2006. However, anyone from the U.S. or other countries may submit a request to Wayne Brubacher. We want to make it possible for everyone to be there who wish to attend. Don’t hesitate to call Wayne Brubacher, contact person, at 574.862.2992 or send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NEW this year!

Family Gathering
There have been many requests for more family and social time at this conference. In response, we’ve changed the format of the symposium. Instead of sessions all day on Saturday, there will be 1/2 day of sessions followed by a family gathering at a nearby park in the afternoon with games and activities for the kids.

Breakout Sessions
Friday afternoon, June 16th, will feature a variety of topics presented by various speakers. Symposium attendees can choose which sessions they would like to attend according to their interest. Smaller venues will allow for more interaction between the speaker and the audience.

Childcare
Our growth has included a large number of
children, making it increasingly difficult to provide adequate childcare. Because of this, we need to ask parents to provide for their own children. If possible, we’ll provide childcare for MSUD children and their siblings during the Friday AM session only. Please take this into account as you plan your trip. Consider bringing your own babysitter (grandparent, teenager, friend etc) or taking turns with your spouse.


I am looking forward to the symposium and hope that many families and professionals will attend. If you have any questions feel free to email or call. Sandy Bulcher: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 740.548.4475

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