Registration

2020 JA Conference – Family Reunion
ORLANDO, FL
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

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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.
 

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  • Donate

    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

  • Volunteer

    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

  • Partner

    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.

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Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20. You'll receive a year's worth of Arthritis Today magazine, access to helpful tools, resources, and more.

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Volunteer


Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.


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Live Yes! INSIGHTS


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 


How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Partner


Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.

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