2013 JA National Conference
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The Juvenile Arthritis Conference is the Arthritis Foundation's signature, nationwide event for families affected by juvenile arthritis. Join us for this three-day educational event that focuses on health, wellness and fun for children affected by arthritis, lupus, myositis, ankylosing spondylitis and other rheumatic diseases. The whole family is invited! Specific educational tracks focus on issues relating to parents, teens/young adults, children adn their siblings affected by arthritis.
Join families from across the United States for the 2013 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference in Anaheim, California, July 18-21, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County.
The Juvenile Arthritis Conference offers a chance to meet other families going through similar challenges, share stories, learn new techniques for managing juvenile arthritis, and have fun!
The whole family is invited! Specific educational tracks focus on issues relating to parents, teens/young adults, children affected by arthritis and their siblings.
Children & Teen Program
Organized by age or grade level, these groups are supervised by a team of highly experienced program activity leaders. Children and teens learn to overcome obstacles, recognize and accept differences in themselves and others, and build lasting friendships while having fun.
Young Adult Program
Young people 18 or older share information and acquire the tools to be an advocate for themselves and the cause. Experts facilitate discussions on the unique challenges facing young adults. Attendees learn to successfully manage their lives in a safe space surrounded by peers.
Parents learn about childhood arthritis, caring for an affected child and the effects of the disease on the whole family. The workshops address questions about treatment, the role of the family, school issues, dealing with emotions, coping mechanisms and support opportunities.
Visit the ABOUT section for all the details on conference registration! Register early and save!
Volunteer Opportunities at JA Conference
Are you interested in volunteering at the JA Conference?
Visit the Volunteer Information/Registration page for more information. (Volunteers must be age 18 or older)
Note: If you and your family also plan to attend the JA Conference, you must register separately through the conference registration. Registration (including registration fees) are required for participate in conference activities.
JA 2013 Conference Registration has reached max capcity and is now closed. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept walk-in registrations. For registration and conference related questions, please contact Katie Bitner at 404-965-7538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTRATION /INFORMATION HOURS
Conference attendees may pick up their Conference materials during the following hours:
Thursday, July 18 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, July 19 8:30 am – 5:00pm
Saturday, July 20 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 21 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Registration Fees: Register Early and Save!
Early Bird Registration - Received by June 20,2013
Family Rate (up to 4 members): $225
Each Additional Family Member: $20
Individual Rate: $125
Registration - Received after June 20,2013
Family Rate (up to 4 members): $275
Each additional family member: $25
Individual Rate: $175
Registration fees cover only a small portion of the total meeting costs, with the Arthritis Foundation subsidizing a large portion of this event. Your registration fee includes all programmed events and meal functions as outlined in the schedule of events. Anyone participating in any part of the JA Conference MUST register and pay the registration fee.
Last Year's Highlights
"My favorite memory is watching my children run off to [their activity room] the first day because they can’t wait to be with their friends all day. (I wish they were so happy to go to school every day.) "
"I love that my [teen] daughter grows in maturity every time we come to a conference, and we enjoy being part of the JA community – I want to volunteer at next year’s conference!"
"Having access to informed professionals is invaluable to us. When I got home, I immediately used information I received, and even emailed one speaker (TMJ) with a specific question and he responded immediately with information I took to my rheumatologist and orthodontist!"
"Being with other families tops the list of conference benefits for our family. The relationships our children have developed at conference are phenomenal; these kids are their best friends and they spend all of 3 days a year with them. This provides a layer of support that helps strengthen our family during difficult times for our daughter with JA."