The second annual Down Syndrome Conference will be held at the Renaissance Hotel on Saturday and Sunday, bringing together about 15 Baton Rouge area professionals who can offer advice to parents of children with disabilities on how to best offer care.

“There are a lot of really valuable resources in our community that can help these individuals and parents,” said Veronica Crow, a committee chairwoman for the conference, which is sponsored by the Down Syndrome Awareness Group. “But (they’re) not always easy to find. This gives people one location where you can listen and see what might be pertinent with your child.”

The speakers are specialists in categories like physical and speech therapy, long-term support services, nutrition and development of new skills. The conference offers a chance for residents to meet with the speakers afterward to discuss any questions.

“Most of our topics would be helpful to anyone with special needs,” Crow added.

The conference check-in begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, with presentations starting at 8 a.m. The conference fee is $25, although some stipends are available.

The Renaissance Hotel is located at 7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard in Baton Rouge. More information can be obtained by emailing Crow at