2020 JA Conference – Family Reunion
July 23-26, 2020
We encourage you to register early, to secure your space and take advantage of the reduced early bird registration fee. JA Conference registration opens in January. Check back for more information and to register to secure your spot!
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION (Hotel lodging fees & reservations are not included in the conference registration fees)
Registration Fees: Register Early and Save!
Early Bird Special Registration – Must be received by April 30, 2020
Family Rate (up to 4 members): $250
Each Additional Family Member: $25
Individual Rate: $150
Registration - Received after April 30, 2020
Family Rate (up to 4 members): $350
Each additional family member: $35
Individual Rate: $200
PLEASE NOTE: The JA Conference does sell out. Please register for the conference and make your hotel reservations by the early bird deadline of April 30. After that date, we cannot guarantee registration will be available. Registration opens in early March.
The conference registration fee only covers a portion of the actual expenses to the Arthritis Foundation. The overall average cost to the Arthritis Foundation for the JA conference is $2,700 per family or $650.
What’s Special About the JA Conference?
Many past attendees have noted that when their child was first diagnosed – regardless if they are living in a bustling metro or a small town – the overwhelming feeling was that they were all alone.
The JA Conference aims to resolve that feeling, and provides an opportunity to meet other families going through similar challenges, share stories, learn about the latest treatments and research from experts, discover strategies for managing daily activities, educational rights and support for developmental and social issues.
Throughout the weekend, kids, teens and siblings participate in their own educational and social programming throughout the weekend. They learn about their disease, advocacy, fundraising, how to tell their story as well as fun-filled activities where kids can just be kids.
Young adults, ages 18-30 years old, have their own tailored educational and social programming as well. These topics include transitioning from pediatric to adult care, solutions for college and entering the workforce and how to advocate effectively for yourself.
While your child or children are in their own sessions, parents and caregivers participate in their own programming as well. Adults can set their own schedule of topics such as: networking opportunities with other moms, dads and caregivers, general sessions with keynote speakers, breakout sessions that include disease-specific education, educational rights and fundraising.
Who Is the Conference For?
The JA Conference is for the whole family! Whether you’re a child with JA or a sibling of a child with JA, you are welcomed at the conference. Parents – whether you are a couple or a single-parent, are always welcomed as well. We’ve had grandparents, aunts and uncles that are secondary caregivers, because we understand that JA affects the entire family.
And it’s for all of those affected by juvenile arthritis. You see, JA is a general term that refers to many types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases that affect children. Related conditions include uveitis, spondyloarthropathy, ankylosing spondylitis, irritable bowel syndrome, lyme arthritis, immune system diseases and much more. It’s just a brief way to describe the many diagnoses that our families are dealing with.
Special Programming for All Ages and Roles
Whether you are a child or young adult with arthritis or a sibling to someone with the disease, you’ll benefit from special programming at the JA Conference.
Infants and Toddlers: The youngest (ages 0-4) are cared for in a nurturing and enriched environment by childcare experts.
Kids: In a kid-friendly atmosphere, children break into groups by grades K-4th (ages 5 & Up). Led by experts, these sessions are designed for fun and play, but kids also learn how to manage their arthritis.
Middle & High School: The middle and high school programs are offered for teens in grades 6th-12th, supervised by a team of highly experienced program activity managers. All activities are designed to help teens overcome obstacles, recognize and accept differences in themselves and others, and to build and maintain rewarding friendships that can last a lifetime.
Young Adults: Tailored for those18 – 30, the young adult program includes workshops on real-life issues, from relationships and dating to college and employment.
Parents and Caregivers: Moms and dads learn about and discuss the latest medications, parenting tips, educational rights, social and developmental issues, and how to advocate for more research and greater access to pediatric rheumatologists.
Siblings: Brothers and sisters are encouraged to join in on the fun and share how JA has affected their lives.